Grilled Summer Pizza

I won’t speak for everyone, but I feel like for every foodie bloggerister, mastering the art of pizza dough is pretty important. Aaron and I have fiddled with about 7,325 different pizza dough recipes. Some resulting in rounds of high-fives; others resulting in pouty face parties. It just happens.

Well, I’m going to surrender to something. Right here. Right now. I’m okay with pre-made pizza dough.


I am! It’s so easy to yank out of the fridge, roll out and still be able to follow along with the plot of COPS in the background.

And like everything else in the summer, pizza tastes better grilled.

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For the sauce:

* 2 large tomatoes, roughly chopped and then pulsed in a food processor until smooth
* 1/2 pinch of crushed red pepper
* 1 tsp fresh oregano, chopped
* 2 tsp fresh basil leaves, chopped
* 1 Tbs tomato paste
* 1 Tsp honey
* 1/2 tsp coarse salt
* 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper

For the dough:

* 1 package Trader Joe’s dough, divided into two pizzas
* 2 Tbs. fresh parsley, chopped

For the toppings:

* 10 oz baby bella mushrooms, sliced
* 2 strips bacon
* 1/2 pound broccoli
* 1/2 tsp coarse salt
* pinch of freshly ground pepper
* 1 cup shredded mozzarella
* fresh parmesan shavings for garnish

In a saucepan, lightly simmer the tomatoes with the crushed red pepper, tomato paste, herbs, salt and pepper for about 15 minutes. Add the honey and simmer 2 more minutes.

Add the parsley to the premade dough, divide into two balls, and roll it out to your desired thinness.

Render out the bacon for a few minutes. Set aside to drain and add the mushrooms to the pan. Let brown for 3 minutes. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper and finish browning. Crumble the bacon.

Grill the broccoli over a medium heat for about 5 minutes, until they start to crisp and char lightly. Remove from grill and roughly chop.

Place the dough on the grill for 2 minutes as to let it set and firm up for the toppings.   Bring back inside and spoon half the tomato sauce over each crust. Add bacon crumbles, grilled broccoli and sauteed mushrooms. Top with cheese and throw it back on the grill until the cheese melts, 5 minutes. Maybe 6.

Look at that beauty. Painful isn’t it?

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13 Responses to Grilled Summer Pizza

  1. Donna Young July 25, 2011 at 2:47 am #
    Yum!! Totally going to try this one. I'm always looking fir new grilling recipes! And you've GOT to tell me what kind of camera you takes amazing food pics!!!
    • Bev Weidner July 25, 2011 at 3:33 pm #
      Thank you Donna! I shoot with a Nikon d3000. It's like a third limb to me. I love it. Hope you're well! Thanks for dropping by!
  2. Tara Nelson July 27, 2011 at 9:51 pm #
    I could seriously survive the rest of my days on this. Pizza sweet pizza.
    • Bev Weidner July 27, 2011 at 10:28 pm #
      I. Could. Too.
  3. angie July 28, 2011 at 9:41 pm #
    Hey Beverly....fancy meeting you here! Just wanted to say I've been following your it! Congrats on your cooking/food success! I totally agree with the pre-made pizza dough...with 4 kids I don't usually have the time to knead & rise if ya know what I mean?? Keep up the good work! :)
    • Bev Weidner July 28, 2011 at 10:59 pm #
      Hello Angie! Thanks so much! So nice to meet you!
      • angie July 28, 2011 at 11:18 pm #
        I do believe we've met before....January 27th....1996....ring a bell??
        • Bev Weidner July 28, 2011 at 11:23 pm #
          ANNNNGIIIEEE!!!! I'm not lying when I say your kids looked SO familiar to me! I've seen them on Brian's FB page. I just added you on FB! Aaah!!! So great to hear from you! I'm sorry I spaced the connection. The date, is that your wedding day? :)
  4. Charissa September 22, 2011 at 2:11 am #
    Yah, I could dive into that! Looks so scrummy....girl, your pictures are just so tasty looking! :)
  5. jane February 25, 2012 at 11:54 am #
    Loved the recipe, love the pictures!


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