I haven’t posted a pizza in awhile and thought one might be fun. I also have a lamb pie my Greek-American friend Mari and I created together on her visit a few months ago. I promise I’ll get off my backside and share it with you soon.
Grilled Sweet Pimento, Olive and Basil Pizza
Grilled pizza is a ton of fun to make, but make sure to 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 2 cups shredded Italian blend cheese, to taste
Several basil leaves
2.25 ounce can sliced black olives, drained
2 ounce jar sliced pimentos, drained
Salt & pepper
Granulated garlic powder
Granulated onion powder
Red pepper flakes, optional
Drizzle of basil olive oil or regular olive oil
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 cheese over the sauce. Top with basil, olives and pimentos.
4. 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.
Recipes and photograph by Laura Flowers.