Thursday, July 14, 2011

B Grilled: Pesto and ricotta pizza

At the beginning of the week my family got together to try our new grilling pizza stones. Thin crust pizza is a family favorite so replicating the culinary treat at home is both dangerous and convenient. Placing a pizza stone on the gas barbecue we created a hot oven perfect for giving our pizza that crispy crust. Trying a bunch of different pizza toppings our unanimous favorite was with mozzarella, ricotta cheese and basil. With the pre-made pizza dough from Trader Joes this summer meal is easy cooking! I'm sure we'll be even more inspired to try again when we return from Italy. Here is a smiliar recipe I found if you'd like to try your own:

12 ounces pizza dough
Flour, for rolling surface
Extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup basil pesto
2 cups ricotta cheese, preferably whole milk
4 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Prepare a medium-hot fire in your grill, or heat a grill pizza stone over medium heat.

Roll the pizza dough into 8 small pizzas, each about 1/8-inch thick and 3 inches round.

Lightly brush both sides of the pizzas with oil. Grill the pizzas over medium heat until the first side is nicely browned and firm to the touch, 3 to 5 minutes. Turn the pizzas over on the grill. Spoon about 2 teaspoons of pesto on each pizza, spreading it to the edges. On top of each pizza, spoon 4 teaspoons of ricotta cheese, in little balls. Cook the pizzas until the ricotta just begins to melt, 3 to 5 minutes from the moment you turned the pizzas. Sprinkle Parmesan over the top of each pizza. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper. Serve warm.



Anonymous said...

Mm....looks yummy, gotta give i a try! xoxo

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Unknown said...

looks so good! perfect for an outdoor dinner party!

Lucy said...

Mmm, this looks so lovely! Ricotta on pizza (especially with spinach) is one of my favourite toppings :-)

Sara said...

I've just prepared pesto with my hands, using my basil!!! Now I'm hungry and I desire a pizza as well!!! :)

Bridget said...

This looks delicious! Perfect size too.

Nicole Marie said...

looks so good!

Mattie said...

OMJeezy, Brooke! This looks delish. Cannot wait to try. This is totally going in my "summer recipes I must try" folder.


Ninnis said...

It looks mouth-watering, mmmm=)


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