Saturday, July 3, 2010

And So Ends the Saga...

Hubby finally got tired of the whole gas vs. coal saga and took matters into his own hands. For Mother's Day he gave me the Rolls Royce of gas grills (his words, not mine). I'll admit I was a little dubious, being a staunch coal fan and all, but I must admit that I've warmed up to it. We use it 3 to 4 times a week, and it sure came in handy this last Spring, which was the wettest I've ever experienced.

Although the grill was my present, it's Hubby who truly loves the thing. (Funny how that worked out, huh?) He wants to buy accessories for the darn thing! I've already nixed the rotisserie attachment and beer can chicken holder. He's also suggesting stuff we should grill. Yesterday it was pizza. Unlike the beer can chicken holder, this turned out to be a good idea.

Who knew grilling pizza would be so easy? We used a pizza stone so we didn't have to worry about the flames burning the crust. We made regular pepperoni pizza and I experimented with a Thai-inspired BBQ chicken pizza that turned out really, really tasty. Unlike a regular pizza, this one is baked only with the sauce (and cheese, if using) and then the toppings are added after. What you end up with is something that feels like a chicken and herb salad on top of thin flatbread rather than a heavy pizza. It reminded me of some of the pizzas we had in Italy, just with an Asian twist.

Here's what you need to make 3 to 4 individual-sized pizzas:

For the curry sauce
1 to 2 heaping tbs curry paste (I used yellow, but panang or massaman would also work well)
1 can coconut milk (not lite)
fish sauce, to taste
sugar, to taste

grilled chicken (I used a lemongrass marinade, but simple salt and pepper seasoning is fine)
cilantro, roughly chopped
Thai basil (or any other kind is fine), roughly chopped
green onions, thinly sliced
fresh ginger, cut into thin matchsticks
fresh mozzarella (optional), sliced

1 batch of your favorite pizza dough (for 2 medium or 4 individual sized pizzas)

Before you make the curry sauce, you may want to read this post. The pictures may be helpful. To make the curry sauce, saute the curry paste with about 1/3 to 1/2 cup of the coconut cream until the oil starts to separate out. Add the remaining coconut milk. Add fish sauce and sugar to taste. Allow the sauce to reduce by about 1/4 to 1/3, stirring frequently to prevent burning. It will thicken more as it cools. Set aside until needed.

Grill the chicken and keep it warm until you're ready to top the pizza.

Roll out the dough so that it is thin. Slather it with the curry sauce and top with mozzarella, if using. (I did one with cheese and one without. They tasted about the same.) Bake the crust on a pre-warmed stone in a covered grill (temp should be close to 500F) until done, about 5 to 7 minutes.

As the crust is baking, slice the chicken and toss with the chopped herbs. As soon as the pizza is done, top it with the chicken and herbs and serve immediately.

It's been so long since I've participated in a blogging event, I thought I'd submit this to Grow Your Own, since the herbs are from my garden. The host this month is Kitchen Gadget Girl Cooks. There's still plenty of time to get your submission in if you want to participate this month!


Joanne said...

This is literally the gift that keeps on giving! Grilled pizza is awesome though. I love your toppings!

lars said...

looks great and inspired me to do a almost similar grilled pizza yesterday. turned out great :-)

dp said...

Joanne, it's true. I've come to appreciate the grill quite a bit.

Lars, doing it on the grill beats cranking up the oven (and smoking out kitchen) during the summer months. And how was your trip to Vietnam? I want to hear all about it!

Gudrun said...

Grilled pizza! I love that - I remember grilling pizza at Y camp when I was a counselor way back when. Thanks for the reminder, I am going to have to bring back that dish for our summer BBQs :-)

mysimplefood said...

Interesting pizza recipe you have here... I've never grilled pizza at home though :)

dp said...

Gundrun, we did it again tonight. It's an awesome way to make pizza when the temperature is 94 in your home (no AC) and you don't want to turn on the oven.

mysimplefood, you should try it! So easy!

Marisa said...

This looks like the perfect summer pizza - on the grill and with an asian twist.

PS: I've always been intrigued by that beer can chicken thing!

Jessica said...

Yum! I love this pizza! Of course, I don't have a grill, so it will have to go in the oven instead! lol
Great idea for pizza...I get tired of the same kind over and over.

lars said...

vietnam was perfect. beautiful, interesting, brilliant food and... best trip ever. we'll tell all about it, when we see you next time. I'll just mail you a link to the pictures from the trip, so you can get a head start :-)

Diana said...

I've tried the beer can chicken thing and it was delicious. Humor your husband on this one. You don't even have to buy the can holder, although it does help. If you end up not liking it, it's ok because you didn't spend the extra money on the contraption. :)

By the way, the pizza looks so yummy!

dp said...

Diana, Thank you and nothing against beer can chicken! People rave about it. Just think it's silly to buy the can holder.

berlin catering event said...

A very nice pizza you presented here. Until now I had not so many asian pizzas. But I will defenitly try this one. Looks delicious...

Wade Wilson said...

That's no surprise. The grill has typically been more of a guy thing. That being said, that is one of the most smashing ideas for a pizza I've seen in a while. Time for me to give it a go as well and see if I can't grill up a storm.

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