It's not Greek mythology: It's easy to make Greek-inspired pizza on the grill!
In the heat of the summer, firing up the oven indoors makes about as much sense as kicking the furnace into gear. Ugh. But summer is the awesomest season for pizza, especially with all those ridiculously fresh veggies out there screaming for attention.
So, short of getting out your wallet and phone book and calling one of those famous pizza places that seems to be in every town, what's a cook to do?
Voila! Fire up the grill instead and make this incredibly munchable Grilled Greek Pizza
Ready, Prep, Go
First, preheat your grill on high, then grab your ingredients:
Next, punch up your EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) with salt, pepper and minced garlic -- and maybe a dash of red pepper sauce if you're livin' la vida loca. Then add the green leafy stuff, tomatoes and onion. Toss to coat and set it aside.
Make Like the Pizzaria Guy and Toss that Crust
Uh, just kidding about that tossing thing. Totally not needed with this ready-to-go dough.
Anyway, oil a pizza stone with a teaspoon of EVOO. Roll out dough from one tube of Pillsbury Classic Pizza Crust. Have fun with it -- you'll have to stretch it and scrunch it and smush it around a bit to get it from a rectangle to a circle, but that's half the fun.
In the end, it should look like this...
Put the stone and crust on your preheated grill. Brush top with 1 teaspoon of EVOO and close the lid. Bake the crust for 3 or 4 minutes.
Like hummus? It's not included in the recipe, but slather it on before adding everything else if you'd like. It adds a great flavor to the base.
Then go for it with all you've got: Add the feta cheese first, then the veggie mix, then the olives on top. Seriously, when you're throwing down all that beautiful stuff over the crust, you feel like a gourmet chef. It smells good, it looks good, and you just know it's gonna taste
good. Is this what it feels like to be Bobby Flay? (Dreamin' ...)
Close the lid for another couple minutes until the feta cheese gets all hot and gooey and the rest of the toppings are steamy. Turn the grill off and, using grill mitts, take the pizza off the grill (stone and all) and exclaim, "Oh, my big fat Greek pizza!
Cut 'er up and pair it with some chilled pinot grigio and call it gourmet Greek night.
More Greek Goodies
If you like the taste of Greek ingredients, try a few of these recipes too:
Featured recipe: Grilled Greek Pizza