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Sunday, May 09, 2010

Sunday Slow Suppers~ BBQ Pizza

This week was Kim's week to pick our Sunday Slow Supper. She suggested a BBQ pizza. I have been looking forward to this as a fun dinner... anything for a party!

Kim's whole process of making the pizza dough and then grilling the Italian sausage and and peppers, then grilling the pizza on the top of a hot grill is missing ONE STEP.
One Giant Step... but I'll get to that later.

Making the dough is really easy... plan time for it to rise. Then the fun begins.
BBQ Pizza
1 cup warm water (105°F to 115°F)
1 tablespoon sugar
1 envelope dry yeast
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 cups (or more) all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
Combine water and sugar in a food processor. Sprinkle yeast over; let stand until foamy, about 10 minutes. Add oil, then 3 cups flour and salt. Process until dough comes together, about 1 minute.
Turn dough out onto floured work surface. Sprinkle with rosemary. Knead until dough is smooth and elastic, adding more flour by tablespoonfuls if dough is sticky, about 5 minutes. Lightly oil large bowl. Add dough; turn to coat with oil. Cover bowl with plastic, then towel. Let stand in warm draft-free area until dough doubles, about 1 hour. To test that the dough has risen sufficiently, push two fingers into it. The depressions should remain.

Punch down dough. Knead dough in bowl until smooth, about 2 minutes. Divide dough into 4 equal pieces. Stretch out each piece on floured surface to 9-inch round. To prevent the dough from sticking as you stretch it, use flour sparingly; too much will result in a tough crust. (I used Polenta flour) Toppings
3/4 cup olive oil
6 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
1 pound spicy Italian sausages
2 yellow or red bell peppers, cored, lengthwise
1 large red onion, peeled, cut through root end into 1/2-inch thick wedges

Whisk first 4 ingredients in medium bowl. Let vinaigrette stand 15 minutes at room temperature or refrigerate up to 2 hours.

Prepare barbecue (medium heat). Arrange sausages, peppers and onion on baking sheet. Brush with some of vinaigrette. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill sausages until cooked through and peppers and onion until slightly charred and crisp-tender, turning and basting occasionally, about 12 minutes for sausages and 8 minutes for peppers and onion.
Transfer sausages and vegetables to cutting board. Cut sausages into 1/2-inch pieces and peppers into thin strips.
Final preparation
2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 cups crumbled chilled soft fresh goat cheese (such as Montrachet)
4 plum tomatoes, halved, seeded, chopped
3/4 cup chopped green onion tops Add coals to barbecue if necessary. Place 2 dough rounds on grill. Grill over medium heat until top of dough puffs and underside is crisp, about 3 minutes. Turn rounds over. Grill 1 minute. Transfer to baking sheet with well-grilled side up. This side of the dough becomes the surface that will hold the toppings.

Repeat with the remaining 2 dough rounds. Sprinkle each with 1/4 of mozzarella and Parmesan. Top each with 1/4 of sausage, peppers and onion, then with 1/4 of goat cheese, tomatoes and green onions. Drizzle each with 1 1/2 teaspoons vinaigrette.
Using large metal spatula, return 2 pizzas to grill. Close grill or cover pizzas loosely with foil. Grill until cheeses melt and dough is cooked through and browned, using tongs to rotate pizzas for Transfer to plates. Repeat grilling for remaining 2 pizzas. The ONE STEP that is missing is to check the grill for gas.
Opps~ The pizza is still fabulous.
We did change our ingredients (especially when I found I wasn't going to be grilling anything) Ham and pineapple and fennel with sweet peppers. They were great and the whole process was fun. minus the empty grill.

We'll be making this one again.
Y'all enjoy!


Bellini Valli said...

Don't you hate it when you are in the middle of a batbecue with friends and there is no propane:(

koralee said...

BBQ pizza sounds amazing..will have to try this my and hugs for a great week. xoxo

Auntie Cake said...

Man do you make me hungry! And what a feast you had! Happy Mother's Day!

nancyhol said...

Your pizza looks great in spite of not being on the grill!

Holledayz said...

Pizza looks great but "what hairy arms you have" Sister! Get out the wax for your next blog!

Noni at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Once again, my keyboard is covered in drool! LOL! We had the same experience with the grill recently... steak-check... potatoes baking- check... salad tossing- check... gas in the grill- oops! LOL.

Kristen said...

LOL Sandi.... that sounds like something I would do.
That pizza looks amazing though!

Monica@The White Bench said...

Mmmmm!!!! You should try my 'very Italian' pizza ;)))
Yours look divine too!

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