Friday, July 30, 2010

Grilled Pizza

Several weeks ago my boyfriend's parents were in town. We had just gotten a new grill, so I was anxious to use it. I did something that I realize now was very risky when cooking for the future in-laws; I tried something new. We made pizza on the grill. I have used the dough recipe many times in the oven, but it turned out a little different on the grill. I actually like it a lot better grilled. :)
It was very easy and absolutely delicious. Definitely a new summer favorite.

Pizza Crust

3 3/4 c. bread flour
1 T. yeast
1 t. salt
1 T. sugar
1/4 c. cornmeal
1 1/3 c warm water
1 T. olive oil

Combine all ingredients until they form a ball. Knead for about 3 minutes. Cover and let rest in an lightly oiled bowl until doubled in size (about 15 minutes). Punch down dough and knead lightly several times. Divide into equal portions, however many pizzas you desire, I made 4. Stretch and press dough onto foil covered pizza pans to form small circle or oval crusts.
Preheat grill to medium heat. Place crusts on grill for 3 minutes. Flip crusts and top with sauce and whatever toppings you desire. I used pesto for our sauce and fresh mozzerella, spinach, grilled chicken, artichoke hearts, tomato slices, olives and parmesan cheese. Grill for 3-5 more minutes. Check often to make sure the crusts don't burn. The first batch of crusts were a little over-done, but the second attempt came out perfect. Yum!!!

salsa recipe

With much encouragement from my sister and my mom over the past few months I finally decided to make my first post. :)
The past few saturday mornings my boyfriend and I have gone to our local Downtown Farmers Market. It had been about 3 years since I had gone and I was more than pleasantly surprised by how much it has grown. We picked up a few things each time, but one of my favorites is definitely the salsa recipe that I sampled while we were there. I made a few adjustments, but it is so easy and completely addictive. I have made 2 big batches already. It's been a great way to use up some of the fresh tomatoes from my porch "garden".

Fresh Salsa Recipe
1 pound fresh tomatoes
1 small onion (I used red onion)
1/2 bunch fresh cilantro
3-4 jalapeno peppers (or any variety) hot peppers, seeds and veins removed
juice from 1/2 fresh lime
1/2 t. cumin
1/2 t. garlic powder
2-3 cloves garlic
1 t. salt (or to taste)
dash of pepper

Combine all ingredients in food processor and puree. Chill for about an hour for flavors to combine. Enjoy!