Thursday, August 21, 2008

Barefoot Bloggers Bonus Recipe: Grilled California Pizzas

The August bonus recipe for Barefoot Bloggers was chosen by Rebecca from Ezra Pound Cake. I knew immediately that I wanted to make this because I had tried a grilled pizza a while ago and I was thinking about making another. This past weekend was very lazy one where I had no plans and only left the house to go to the farmer's market. Don't judge me! It's been a busy summer! I cheated a little on the pizzas and went with store bought dough, just to make things a little easier. Ina suggests a bunch of toppings and then says to pick eight. I only made a couple of pizzas so I decided to go with mozzarella, chicken sausage, tomato, red onion, and red pepper flakes. This was so flavorful with the garlic oil (4 cloves of garlic heated over low heat with 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil) and I grilled the sausage for even more grilled flavor. To see how the other Barefoot Bloggers did on their pizzas, visit here.

Grilled California Pizzas
(From Ina Garten)

For the dough:
1 1/4 cups warm (100 to 110 degrees F) water
2 packages dry yeast
1 tablespoon honey
3 tablespoons good olive oil
4 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for kneading
2 teaspoons kosher salt

For the toppings (select 8):
1 red onion, thinly sliced
1 pound fresh mozzarella, grated
1/2 pound Italian Fontina, grated
1/2 pound mild goat cheese, such as Montrachet, sliced
1 red or yellow bell pepper, cored, seeded, and julienned
1/4 pound prosciutto, thinly sliced and julienned
1 bunch arugula, cleaned and dried
6 plum tomatoes, sliced 1/4-inch thick
4 pork or turkey sausages, cooked and sliced
1 bunch basil leaves, cleaned and dried
4 garlic cloves, roasted
Crushed red pepper flakes

For prep:
1/2 cup good olive oil

For the dough, combine the water, yeast, honey, and olive oil in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook. Add 3 cups flour, then the salt, and mix. While mixing, add 1 more cup of flour, or enough to make a soft dough. Knead the dough on low to medium speed for about 10 minutes until smooth, sprinkling it with flour, if necessary, to keep it from sticking to the bowl.

When the dough is ready, turn it out onto a floured board and knead by hand a dozen times. It should be smooth and elastic. Place the dough in a well-oiled bowl and turn it several times to cover it lightly with oil. Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel. Allow the dough to rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Divide the dough into 6 equal parts and roll each one into a smooth ball. Place the balls on a baking sheet and cover them with a damp towel. Allow the dough to rest for 10 minutes. Use immediately, or refrigerate for up to 4 hours.

If you've chilled the dough, take it out of the refrigerator approximately 30 minutes ahead to let it come to room temperature. Roll and stretch each ball into a rough 8-inch circle and place them all on baking sheets sprinkled with cornmeal. (You will be able to fit 2 pizzas on each 18 by 13-inch baking sheet.)

Light your grill and wait until it's hot.

Place the pizzas directly onto the grill and cook on 1 side for 1 minute. Turn the pizzas over and brush with olive oil or garlic oil.

Top the pizzas with any toppings you wish, piling them high. Drizzle each pizza with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Put the lid on your grill and cook for 5 minutes more, until the crust is crisp and the toppings are cooked.

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Pam said...

The ultimate comfort food. Looks and sounds delicious! Great photo too.

Anonymous said...

I really should have done the garlic oil. Glad you liked it! No attacks from me for taking it easy...
~The Cat's Pajamas

NKP said...

The pizzas look yummy, the garlic oil was a good idea.
Great job.

Summer said...

Your pizzas look delicious, those tomatoes are huge! The garlic oil sounds like a good addition. I picked my own toppings too.

Anonymous said...

Looks delicious. I love grilled pizza, but have not made it all summer.

Anonymous said...

Sausage and red pepper flakes – oh, yes. Looks delicious!

vanillasugarblog said...

Wow, those look amazing. I really like how you put some good combinations of cheeses on there. Good thinking!!

Deb in Hawaii said...

I love the sausage and the garlic oil is a great choice. they look wonderful!

Anonymous said...

I love watching Barefoot Contessa! I remember watching her making these on one of her shows. I thought it was so cute she made such a big deal about it being a surprise. Thanks for visiting my food blog.