What’s better than a BLT sandwich? A grilled BLT pizza! From ABC News comes this delicious recipe which takes a standard BLT sandwich and gives it a new spin, turning it into a BLT pizza prepared on the grill! Perfect for summertime cuisine!
According to the article, “Once you’ve had grilled pizza, you’ll never want to eat pizza any other way” as grilling ensures a crispy crust every time. When grilling pizza, the toppings go on after the crust is already grilled, so each bite remains crispy. (Nobody likes a soggy-crust pizza.)
The author prefers to create a ‘sauce’ made of red and yellow cherry tomato slices (yum!) You can slice the tomatoes and mix them with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic and basil…keeping the flavor of the tomatoes intact. She also shares her secret of quick grilling the lettuce before cutting it into ribbons, adding that it will have a lot more flavor than the average BLT lettuce. Further, it will be able to stand up to an array of cheeses. The cheese you choose is a matter of preference…anything from stronger blue cheese or ripe brie to mild grated mozzarella will compliment the toppings.
Some tips for the dough: the author comments that fresh dough or store-bought dough doesn’t matter…however, you’ll want to take refrigerated dough out to warm it at least an hour before use, making it much easier to work with. Another piece of advice from the author is to use a combination of direct and indirect heat. Start by grilling the crust on one side over medium direct heat, then flip the dough, add your toppings and continue cooking over indirect heat. Cooking over indirect heat prevents the bottom from burning while the cheese melts to perfection.
*Have your toppings ready, as the process is quick once you start grilling! A rimless baking sheet (or a rimmed sheet turned upside down) will be helpful for transferring the pizza during cooking.
Start to finish: 30 minutes
1 heart of romaine lettuce
1 ball prepared pizza dough, at room temperature
1 cup summer tomato-basil sauce (see recipe above)
8 strips center-cut bacon, cooked and crumbled
3 ounces blue cheese or brie, sliced or cubed
4 ounces grated mozzarella cheese
Ground black pepper
Heat a grill to high. Once the grill is hot, reduce it to medium. If desired, place a ceramic or cast-iron grill pan on the grates and let it heat before making pizza. You also can grill the pizza directly on the grates.
Check out full article with recipe here.