Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Grilled Zucchini and Onion Pizza with Goat Cheese and Balsamic Reduction

This pizza may look familiar to you, if you're a long time reader. It's one that I brain stormed to create, and was my first attempt at grilled pizza... which was a giant fail. But I turned it into quesadillas, and it was a big hit! I decided to try the pizza version again, just grilling the vegetables and baking the crust, which worked well. But when we purchased a gas grill rather than charcoal, I was able to grill the crust as well, and it was delicious. 

One of the main components to the pizza is prosciutto, but since that's not in my diet anymore, I had to change it up a bit. For this recreation, I decided to make a sauce layer by creating a puree of cannelini beans and ricotta. It definitely added body and protein to the pizza, but also took it in a much different direction. While I loved this variation, I think I want to tweak it a bit more, and find that saltiness that the prosciutto added in a vegetarian form. Any ideas?? 

Grilled Zucchini and Onion Pizza with Goat Cheese and Balsamic Reduction

1 15 oz. can cannelini beans
1/2 c. ricotta cheese
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 medium zucchini, sliced into 1" rounds on a bias
1 red onion, sliced into 1/2" rounds
1/2 c. crumbled goat cheese
1 c. aged balsamic vinegar

Preheat a grill to 400*
In a small saucepot, add vinegar, turn to low heat and simmer to reduce to a thick syrup.
Roll pizza dough out into a circle, place on a pizza pan. 
Drain beans well, add to a food processor with ricotta, crushed red pepper, salt and pepper, puree.
Place pizza dough on the grill, smear with bean mixture.
Place zucchini and onions on the grill, sprinkle with salt and pepper, close the lid on the grill.
After 4-5 minutes, flip zucchini and onions.
After 4-5 more minutes place zucchini and onions on the pizza, sprinkle with goat cheese and close lid again.
Cook for 2-5 more minutes, until pizza is crisp and cooked through.
Remove from the grill, drizzle with balsamic, slice and serve.


Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

Absolutely delicious! I love everything about this :)

Roxan said...

Yum, balsamic reduction. And goat cheese! This pizza must be fantastic. Isn't homemade the best?

Dawn said...

Why did I not come to your house last night for dinner? You know I would love this. I've been dying for pizza nevermind wiht zucchini onion, goat cheese and balsamic reduction!!!!

Rivki Locker (Ordinary Blogger) said...

It's hard to even THINK about grilling right now, with all the snow we have in NJ. But I love grilled pizza. It's like a completely different food than the regular baked stuff. This looks wonderful.

Joanne said...

hmmm I'm going to have to think about a good prosciutto replacement. But either way, as soon zucchini season is back in town, I am SO making this!

Kitchens said...

It is difficult similarly think Griddles right now, with all the snow we NJ. But I love Grilled pizza. As a completely different food than the regular, he has cooked stuff.

Solvency II said...

yummy.. I like to eat the grilled zucchini and onion pizza. I am so excited for make it and it such a very testy.

Solvency II said...

I like to eat the pizza and it is my favorite. I impressed by that. Every thing looking so beautiful.