Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Grilled Vegetable Pizza

Ever since I failed miserably at my first grilled pizza attempt, I've been terrified to try it again. Obviously, grilling with a charcoal grill for pizza isn't idea as you don't have as much control. Though I do love the taste charcoal brings to grilling, the carcinogens and wait time are big cons to using one.
Since we got our gas grill, I was ready to try grilled pizza again. For this pizza, I went for maximum grill flavor with minumum work. Rather than make a marinara, I used a can of fire roasted tomatoes and torn fresh herbs. The vegetables were seasoned heavily with garlic salt and pepper, and the cheese was sliced for easier application. This pizza was a total success, the crust was crisp and chewy, the vegetables had so much flavor, and mock-sauce added punches of sweet, smoky tomato flavor.

*JJ sliced the vegetables ahead of time, I intended for rounds, but he made them into planks because he said it is easier to grill them that way. You can do whatever you'd like, if you're going for aesthetics, rounds are probably a better choice!
Also, I don't have any pretty plated photos because we simply couldn't wait to dig into this pizza!

Grilled Vegetable Pizza

1 whole wheat pizza crust, rolled out to fit your grill shape
1 15 oz. can fire roasted diced tomatoes, drained well
2 tbsp. fresh torn herbs (I used basil, oregano, rosemary)
1 zucchini, sliced
1 eggplant, sliced
1 bell pepper, sliced
1 tsp. garlic salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 tbsp. EVOO
4 oz. part skim mozzarella cheese, sliced or shredded (I used organic valley and the flavor was outstanding!)

Heat grill over medium-high.
Slice vegetables, add to a large bowl, toss with EVOO, garlic salt and pepper.
Place vegetables on the grill, cook for 3-4 minutes per side, until tender.
Remove from the grill, put on a platter, and turn grill to low heat.
Spray with nonstick grill spray, place pizza crust on the grill.
Cover, cook for 3 minutes.
Flip crust, top with tomatoes, torn herbs, grilled veggies and cheese.
Cover and grill for 4-5 minutes, until grill marks appear and cheese is melted.


Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) said...

I was just thinking about grilling pizza yesterday. I've never tried it, but I hope I can do it. That veggie pizza looks delish! :)


Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

Awesome way to make a pizza! We don't use ours enough!

Dawn said...

Okay okay you've convinced me I must do this. This looks amazing. Where did you get the wheat crust?

Tasha said...

Grilled pizza is the best! This one looks so yummy with all the veggies!

Stacie said...

We just made grilled pizza this week. It is scary at first, but so worth it in my opinion! Especially when you live somewhere warm and don't want to use the oven!

Sophie @ yumventures said...

Looks so great! You are making me wish I had a grill :)

bed frames said...

I am not really a fan of vegetables but this one I am going to eat as long as there is cheese.

Joanne said...

God I wish I had a grill! This pizza looks delicious.

amish furniture said...

Love this recipe!!

Pizza coupon said...

Very tasty and wholesome looking pizza. Wonderful, that is a great idea to use spinach puree, love the invention :)