Thursday, August 5, 2010


Two years ago, we bought a new grill.  I chose a mammoth super-sized grill with four burners and lots of accessories which went against my "simpler the better" motto for all appliances.  I couldn't help myself; I imagined using the rotisserie for roasted chicken in the fall and the large grilling surface for cooking steaks and burgers for crowds. Of course, our top of the line grill had been as temperamental as a race horse; the starter not starting, temperature regulator not regulating, I yearned for a classic Weber charcoal kettle.  The handy man came by last week and fixed it again, and I encouraged my daughter invited some friends over for dinner.  I marinated a flank steak that afternoon and went to turn on the grill-nothing! Well, it's always good to have a back up plan.  I ran to the Pizzeria around the corner and brought home two fresh pizza dough rounds.  I had a ball of mozzarella in the refrigerator and some tomato sauce-instant pizza party!   I put my oven (yes, it worked!) on 500 degrees and in a few minutes I had two yummy pizzas perfect for a group of hungry teens, all without the Grill!

Easy Gourmet Pizza
preheat oven to 500 degrees
one pizza dough (bought from Pizzeria)
one cup of good tomato sauce
6 oz. mozzarella  (see note)
fresh basil
olive oil
 If you don't have a pizza tray use a heavy cookie tray and lightly oil with the olive oil.  Take your pizza dough and stretch out with a rolling pin to 1/4" thick.  Place in pan and cover with a thin coat of tomato sauce.  Add sliced mozzarella and bake until golden brown about 12 minutes.  Tear a few fresh basil leaves and sprinkle over the pizza.

note:  some very fresh mozzarella is too watery; I find the best mozzarella has a lower water content and comes from the grocery store, the Bello Giorno brands works nicely.


Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

A great solution! Hope the grill is soon up and running again! (I don't like turning on the oven in the summertime!!)

Piper (DailyDivaDish) said...

Bummer about the grill. But good for you on the back-up plan. It looks delicious!
XO Piper

Teresa Hatfield said...

I usually don't eat pizza for breakfast, but this has made me determined to cook one right now!
I love simple, especially vegetable pizza. Hate to hear your grill is a lemon.
Teresa (Splendid Sass)

Town and Country Mom said...

Impressive recovery! Sorry about the grill, but your table is lovely!

Housewife Bliss said...

perfect solution, sorry about your grill darling.

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Ooh, sorry for your troubles! My husband swears by his old fashioned Weber grill and he always makes the best barbecued chicken! Thanks for the recipe, always need more good ones!

The Buzz said...

That's thinking outside the pizza box! Sorry about the grill but the outcome looked very yummy!
Have a great weekend!

red ticking said...

yummieeeeeee ...i am hoping we can meet on monday... not sure yet... will keep you posted.. xo