Grilled Vegetable Pizza with Garlic Herb Ricotta
Grilled pizza is a favorite around here. I used to make them with my dad when I was younger and we had just discovered the wonder that is Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything. (I can’t recommend this book enough. My copy is in danger of disintegrating due to near constant use.) Pizza dough is one of the easiest things to make, and chances are you already have all the necessary ingredients on hand. Grilling the dough gives it a charred, crunchy-chewy quality that will make you want to fire up your grill even in the dead of winter. Add some grilled vegetables and garden herbs and you’re ready for a casual summer dinner.
As is usually the case with recipes I share here, it’s more of a suggestion than strict set of instructions. I used the vegetables and herbs I had on hand. If artichokes aren’t your thing (whyyyy), then try mushrooms or even some cloves of roasted garlic. You do you.
GRILLED VEGETABLE PIZZA WITH GARLIC HERB RICOTTA
Dough for a medium or large-sized pizza (here’s Mark BIttman’s fantastic and foolproof recipe, andhere’s one from Bon Appetit if you like a slightly thinner, crispier crust)
1 clove garlic
3 tbs extra virgin olive oil
GARLIC HERB RICOTTA
1 cup ricotta
2 cloves garlic, minced
Handful mixed fresh herbs (I used thyme, oregano, parsley, and rosemary from the garden), finely chopped
VEGETABLES (feel free to sub in whatever you like, such as roasted garlic cloves, grilled red onion, mushrooms, capers, etc)
Extra virgin olive oil
Can artichoke artichoke hearts, drained
1 eggplant, sliced thinly
1 tomato, sliced thinly
Green olives, pitted and drained
Whole basil leaves
Make pizza dough and set aside to let rise. Smash garlic clove and add to a bowl with the olive oil. Set aside. Preheat the grill to high heat.
Combine all ingredients for the garlic herb ricotta in a bowl and set aside.
Drizzle about a tablespoon olive oil into a cast iron skillet and set over high heat on the grill or stovetop. Add artichoke hearts and sear until browned on all sides (about 5 minutes per side). Set aside. Toss eggplant slices in olive oil and grill on both sides until charred (about 5 minutes per side). Set aside.
When pizza dough is ready, roll it out until it’s your desired thickness. Use a pastry brush to brush about half the garlic oil on one side, and carefully lay the dough, oil side down, on the grill. Grill about 3 minutes, or until charred and crispy on the bottom. Brush the top with the rest of the garlic oil, and use a spatula or tongs to flip the crust. Spoon garlic herb ricotta onto the top of the crust. Grill another couple of minutes, depending on thickness, until crust is just charred crispy on the outside. Transfer to a large cutting board.
Add your vegetables to the pizza, and top with basil leaves and a sprinkle of salt. Slice, serve, and enjoy!
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