Thursday, July 7, 2011

Grilled Pizza

So it’s week 3 of our CSA {Community Supported Agriculture} through Coveyou Scenic Farms.  We have an abundance of greens in our refrigerator and we are constantly coming up with ways to use our new goodies.  Because we live in Northern Michigan, most gardens are still only producing greens…therefore our CSA share has been full of them.  I’ve also been bugging to try making my own pizza dough again.  I’ve had little luck thus far, but this dough is a winner!

This week I created my own spin on a recipe:
Grilled Pesto-Alfredo-Kale-Broccoli-Chicken Pizza

Grilled pizza, you ask?

YES! So good and so easy.  And before I tell you about the recipe, let me just tell you that it was pretty delicious.  It was one of those warm days when you want to keep cooking in the kitchen to a minimum.  After we snagged the pizza from the grill we enjoyed it on our patio with some delicious fruit salad. 

Here’s what you need:
1 pizza crust (I made a honey-wheat crust found here)
½ cup alfredo sauce
¼ cup basil pesto
1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded (or fresh is delicious)
3 cups kale, chopped
1 cup broccoli, chopped
1 chicken breast
½ teaspoon garlic powder
Few shakes crushed red pepper flakes
Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper

[1] Get your grill heating up.  While you wait, wash and chop kale and broccoli.  Combine pesto and alfredo sauce. 
[2] Toss chicken on the grill with Salt and Pepper. 
[3] Heat up a non-stick pan and add ½ teaspoon olive oil.  Add kale with a bit of salt and pepper.  Saute for 5-6 minutes.  Then, add broccoli to kale mixture and sauté for 3-4 minutes.
[4] Once chicken is done, pull it off the grill and let it rest.  Then, chop into bite-sized pieces.  Turn your grill to medium. 
[5] Spread out pizza dough on a baking sheet.  Spray top of dough and place directly on grill rack.  
[6] Check the bottom of the pizza dough to make sure it’s cooking.  Once golden brown, flip over carefully (we usually use a spatula and tongs for this).  As soon as you flip it, top with the sauce, then sprinkle the garlic powder, kale and broccoli mixture, cheese, chicken and crushed red pepper flakes (if you like it spicy).  Close the grill lid.  If the bottom of the crust seems like it’s getting browned quickly, turn the grill off so that the toppings can continue to melt.

[8] Eat and enjoy outside.

There you have it – grilled pizza.  It’s by no means tough to make and it is soooooo good.  So even if you don’t make this recipe or want to try making the dough, grab some pizza dough from your grocer’s freezer and toss it on the grill.  You won’t regret it!

Have you grilled pizza before?  If so, what’s your favorite recipe??  I’m in need of some new variations!

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