Pizza Friday

Typically, if there is a severe weather alert, I run for the basement, barricade my children in the storm room, cover us up with blankets and pillows, put bike helmets on everyone, and wait out the storm.  Tonight however, I put the Thundershirt© on Feebee (YES! It really works!) and rolled with the storm.  Andrew moved the grill into the garage and I finished making the pizzas in the house.

I can’t promise this will be an all summer thing, because I tend to go gung ho on something only to fizzle a few weeks/months later.  Which in this case, would probably be OK since in a few months we’ll be looking at winter.  Anyway, Andrew and I decided that we will make a different pizza on the grill every Friday until … well until we get sick of it.  <grin>

So tonight, we made three pizzas with the same pizza crust recipe as before.  Remember I said it would be better to make 3 instead of 2?  It was.

We made a fruit pizza with a cream cheese and confectioners sugar sauce, a white pizza with basil, goat cheese, and marinated tomatoes, and we made a BBQ pizza with turkey sausage and onions.

BBQ PIZZA

1/3 of prepared but not cooked pizza crust (Recipe linked above)

1/4 to 1/2 cup BBQ sauce (we used cookies but you can make your own or use what you like – the amount really depends on how big your pizza is.

Turkey Sausage – diced and sauteed until golden brown – or you can grill them whole and cut them up and place on the pizza – whatever.  It’s pizza.  (we used 2 Johnsonville Turkey Brats but you can use kielbasa or polish sausage or shredded chicken or pork or beef would be good too…mmmm)

1 Red Onion – preferably charred on the grill, but you could also caramelize the onions in a pan first (ooooh…that’s a great idea!)

1 Cup Shredded Cheese of your choice – we use chef’s choice 3 cheese (provolone, mozzarella, cheddar) from Sam’s Club

Place the rolled out dough onto the pizza board (or wooden/bamboo cutting board) before dressing your pizza.  REMEMBER!  Don’t make it too heavy!  OR WET!  Or the dough will break when being put on the grill.  Gently place the pizza on the grill, add cheese on top, cover, and cook for about 5-7 minutes or so on low to medium heat (until the crust starts to bubble)

WHITE or NEAPOLITAN PIZZA

1/3 of the pizza crust rolled out and placed on a pizza board

1 Tomato – sliced and marinated in 2-3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar (or red wine) and about 1-2 Tbsp olive oil

10-15 fresh basil leaves – cleaned and dried

Goat Cheese (about 2 ounces)

A little extra olive oil for drizzling

1/2 C shredded white cheese like mozzarella

 

Drizzle a little olive oil on the crust and place the basil leaves evenly about the pizza crust.

Place the marinated tomatoes (be sure to toss them one more time for good measure) on top of the fresh basil

Crumble the goat cheese around the tomatoes and basil

Place the pizza on the grill grates then sprinkle the shredded cheese on top.

Cover, and cook for about 5-7 minutes or so on low to medium heat (until the crust starts to bubble)

SUMMER FRUIT PIZZA

Fresh Pineapple, sliced in rings about 1/2 inch thick – or cored then sliced into rings (I don’t have a pineapple corer – but I wish I had)

Fresh Blueberries (about 3/4 cup or less)

Olive oil (for brushing the pineapple)

1 brick of Cream Cheese

3/4 C of confectioners sugar

1 Tsp vanilla

 

Brush pineapple slices with olive oil, place on the grill grates and grill for about 5 minutes over low to medium heat

remove from grill and set aside.

Mix on low, the cream cheese, confectioners sugar and vanilla until mixed thoroughly, then when combined, turn mix to medium and beat until fluffy.

Place rolled out pizza crust on the pizza board and spread an even layer of cream cheese mixture over crust.

Place the grilled pineapple slices evenly over the crust and place the pizza on the grill.

Cover, and cook for about 5-7 minutes or so on low to medium heat (until the crust starts to bubble)

Remove the pizza from the grill and place fresh blueberries over the pizza and pineapple.

There could be SO many variations of this pizza…for a more savory fruit pizza, marinate the pineapple in soy sauce, maple syrup, and ginger.  Use goat cheese instead of the cream cheese mixture.  Add Strawberries instead of pineapple…THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS!!  The trick is to keep the kids from eating all the fruit before it gets to the pizza.

 

I can’t wait until next Friday!

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