Why Vegetarian Barbecue: When I first stopped eating meat, the thought of summer barbecues made me sad. I knew summer gatherings where barbecues were involved, would never be the same. And they haven’t been, but I’ve learned that with a little bit of extra effort, they can be just as enjoyable. With that in mind, over the next few weeks I’m going to share some of my favorite recipes and ideas for a Vegetarian Barbecue
Last Week: Quinoa, Edamame, Salad
This Week: Most people don’t associate pizza with barbecues, but I’d like to change that! Making pizza on the grill is so easy, fun, and delicious! It’s also really great when you have a mix of vegetarians and omnivores, because you can customize pizzas to all tastes and preferences. And who doesn’t love to throw the dough up in the air while speaking with an Italian accent? Just make sure no one notices if you drop it on the patio.
The Ingredients: Homemade or Store-bought Pizza Dough, Homemade or Store-bought Tomato Sauce,olive oil for brushing on the dough, fresh mozzarella cheese, basil, tomatoes, any other toppings you might want (We made one Margherita pizza for the vegetarians and one with cappicola or spicy Italian ham, onions, and grated mozzarella, for the meat-eaters), I used a pizza stone but you can place the pizza directly onto the grill if you don’t have one.
The Instructions: Turn on your grill, place the pizza stone in the center. Let the grill heat up to about 500 degrees. Meanwhile, slice the tomatoes and cheese, and prepare all your ingredients. Bring them outside so you have easy access to them by the grill. Shape your dough into a flat circle. Brush the pizza stone with olive oil. Place the dough on it. Close the grill and let the dough cook for about two minutes. Brush the top of the dough with oil. Use a flat cookie sheet to flip the dough over. Immediately put on your toppings. For our Margherita pizza, I spread the sauce first, then add the tomatoes, lastly the cheese and the basil. Close the grill. Let it cook for about 5-7 minutes, until the cheese is melted, and the bottom of the dough is crunchy.
Warning: Grilling your own pizza will change your life. It’s so delicious, you’ll never settle for take out again. Also, it’s very hot when its first off the grill, so be careful!