Delicious, fresh grilled zucchini tomato and basil pizza!
Summer is still here and there are still so many goodies from the garden to enjoy including the fast growing zucchini, tomatoes and fresh basil. Grilling the pizza means that you don't have to get your kitchen hot by turning on the oven and the pizza bakes quickly on the grill while you enjoy a few moments outside.
In my family, Friday night always meant pizza night and it was never takeout or delivery, it was always homemade, from scratch. There were toppings that we all loved and certain ones, like pepperoncini that my Dad especially loved to add a spicy kick to pizza!
This particular pizza came about a few days ago when I was trying to use up lots of ingredients we had from both my parent's garden and ours. I wanted to make a simple, healthy dinner that also felt special, and this fit the bill!
This pizza is adapted from a magazine article I clipped a while back and I have adapted it to make 2 medium size (about 12") pizzas. You may make one zucchini tomato pizza with the topping recipe below and top your other pizza with other ingredients as you wish.
This recipe requires planning ahead as the dough needs to rise for about 18 hours.
Usually what I do is start the dough before I go to sleep, then get it ready to use about 30 minutes before dinner time.
Below I share the dough recipe, sauce and topping recipe as well:
3 3/4 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons sea salt
1/4 teaspoon instant dry yeast
1 1/2 cups water
1. In a medium bowl (the night before baking your pizza), place the flour, salt and yeast. Use a wire whisk to combine the ingredients.
2. Use a wooden spoon to stir while slowly adding the water. Stir until well mixed.
3. With your hands, mix dough gently to combine it into a rough ball.
4. Move the dough to a clean bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow dough to rise at room temperature. Let it rise until dinner time. (It needs a total of about 18 hours of rise time)
5. After the rising time is passed, divide the dough roughly in half.
6. Roll out each half into a medium sized dough circle, about 12 inches in diameter.
Proceed by brushing on sauce, adding the toppings and cheese with the recipes below:
One 8oz can of tomato sauce
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 leaves fresh basil, torn into small pieces
salt and fresh ground pepper to taste.
Place the tomato sauce, garlic and basil into a small saucepan and heat to a simmer over medium heat. Once the mixture is at a slow simmer, turn down the heat to low. Let the mixture simmer for about 5-7 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Zucchini, Tomato and Basil Topping:
About 1 cup zucchini, sliced into circles, then into quarters
1/2 cup grape tomatoes, cut in half
Fresh ground pepper
5-6 basil leaves, torn into small pieces
1/4-1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Heat your oven to broil. On a rimmed baking sheet, place the zucchini and tomatoes. Drizzle olive oil over them and sprinkle salt and pepper to taste.
Broil the veggies for 4-5 minutes, until slightly charred on top, remove from oven.
Continue to top your pizza as follows, and follow the instructions below to grill your pizza.
Topping the Pizza:
1. Sprinkle a bit of cornmeal on a rimmed metal baking sheet. Place a pizza dough round on the baking sheet.
2. Spoon on a generous portion of the pizza sauce to taste on your pizza round. Use a pastry brush to make sure you cover the whole surface, leaving about a half inch all of the way around without sauce.
3. Sprinkle your broiled veggies on top.
4. Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese on top.
5. Sprinkle the top of the pizza with the torn fresh basil leaves.
Prepping Your Grill & Grilling:
I currently use a gas grill for most of my grilling.
1. You want to heat both burners on your gas grill to medium high.
2. Place a large, square pizza stone on the grill grates to heat up.
3. Heat your grill for about 15 minutes.
4. Place the pan with your pizza on it on top of the pizza stone on the grill.
5. The pizza takes 7-10 minutes to cook on the grill. Be sure to check it after 5 minutes. Check underneath to make sure the pizza is cooked on the bottom.
6. When the pizza is done it will bubble up, become golden brown, the cheese will be melted and the underside will be properly cooked.
Enjoy your grilled pizza this summer!
My best to you always!