Stop! I know what you’re going to say. “Laura, are you nuts? Look at that ingredient list!” It’s not that bad, mostly it’s a small amount of veggies, cheese and a few spices. The tomato sauce doesn’t even need to be cooked and will only take about 2 minutes. You can do this!
Besides, I can’t think of a better way to get a day’s worth of vegetables than on a grilled pizza. Your doctor will be proud.
Grilled Super Veggie Supreme Pizza
Grilled pizza is a ton of fun to make, but set aside at least 1 1/2 hours from the start of the dough to the finished pizza.
Pizza dough, recipe below
Olive oil, for brushing and drizzling
Pizza sauce, recipe below
1 to 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella
A couple handfuls of baby spinach
2 to 3 cloves minced garlic
1/4 onion, sliced thin & cut in half
4 mushrooms, sliced thin
1/4 green bell pepper, sliced thin and cut in half
4 ounce can sliced black olives, drained
1 Roma tomato, thinly sliced
1 cup shredded Pecorino Romano
Few shakes of dried Grana Padano or dried Parmesan
Salt & pepper
Granulated garlic powder
Granulated onion powder
Red pepper flakes, optional
1. Place the tomatoes on a paper towel lined plate. Salt well, cover with another paper towel and set aside. Preheat the grill to high.
2. Sprinkle a 12 to 14 inch pan with cornmeal. Pat and roll out the dough until thin. Place dough on the pan and brush with olive oil. Spoon on sauce to taste.
3. Sprinkle mozzarella over the sauce. Top with spinach, minced garlic, onion, mushrooms and bell pepper slices. Pat liquid off tomatoes and place them on the pizza. Top with olives.
4. Spread Pecorino Romano over the top and add a few shakes of the dried cheese. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, dried oregano and red pepper flakes if using. Drizzle with olive oil.
5. Cook pizzas for 4 to 8 minutes until done to taste.
Zesty Old School Style Pizza Sauce
Makes enough sauce to cover three medium, or two large pizzas.
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce (without sugar)
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon ground sweet paprika
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
Fresh cracked pepper to taste
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon white vinegar
Place all the ingredients in a medium sized bowl and stir together.
Makes 1 1/2 cups of pizza sauce.
Garlic Pizza Dough
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 teaspoon honey or sugar
1 cup lukewarm water, plus a bit more if needed
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1 cup bread flour
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon salt
Place water, yeast, and honey or sugar into a stand mixer bowl. Stir to combine and set aside for 10 minutes.
Place the rest of the ingredients in the bowl and knead with a dough hook on low speed for 5 to 10 minutes. Remove the dough from the bowl and knead by hand on a clean surface for another minute. Pat into a circle.
Lightly oil a large bowl and place the dough inside, flipping once to coat with oil. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes.
Makes two large pizzas.
Recipe and photograph by Laura Flowers.