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Grilled Vegetable Pizza

It’s time to satisfy your pizza cravings with a warm slice of cheesy, melty deliciousness. Instead of ordering delivery or baking a frozen pizza, choose to save money and have better control of the quality of ingredients by making fresh pizza in your own kitchen. Creating your own pizza also allows you to experiment with topping combinations and crust textures. Keep reading to find out how to create up a soul-satisfying slice right in your own kitchen.

Pizza Making Tips:

Mixing and Working the Dough:

Start your pizza dough by using granular, not cake yeast. Look for widely-available and easy-to-use pizza yeast. Even if the recipe calls for adding yeast dry, it never hurts to proof your yeast. Simply add the dry yeast to the warm water and sweetener called for in your recipe. Give it a gentle whisk and then set it aside in a draft-free area for about 10 minutes. It should be foamy and smell “yeasty.” Stir in the remaining ingredients and you are ready to knead.

Check the date on your flour to be sure it is fresh. White flour or bread flour are often used to make pizza crust. For a gluten-free pizza crust, try using rice flour or a gluten-free flour blend. Once you have mixed in all of the ingredients, it is time to knead the dough. Make sure that your work surface is sufficiently dusted with flour or cornmeal as you knead and pat the dough into a crust or work on a piece of parchment paper. Knead your dough for the full eight minutes to give it the best flavor and texture. If you have the time, let your dough ripen overnight in the fridge and then bring it to room temperature before forming it into crust. Handle the dough as little as possible and use your hands, not a rolling pin, to form it into crust.

Assembling the Pizza:

Even though you love them, don’t overcrowd your pizza with toppings or the crust will not cook properly. In general, a 12” pizza can take up to ½ cup of sauce, 1 cup of veggies and meat, and 1 cup of cheese. 

Start by placing a layer of sliced mozzarella or provolone down on the dough before putting on the sauce. For a simple homemade sauce, drain the liquid off of a can of high-quality whole tomatoes and then season with salt and pepper to taste. Crush the tomatoes with your hand or a stick blender and your sauce is ready to spread on the pizza. You could also use tomato sauce out of the can; a jarred spaghetti sauce; add a layer of sliced, fresh tomatoes; or use an Alfredo or pesto sauce.

Pat off the liquid from any toppings that might be wet or damp, such as olives or anchovies, to keep your cheese from having a wet, eggy texture. For the gooiest cheese, use slices of fresh mozzarella. Give your crust a boost of flavor by brushing it with a light coating of olive oil and sprinkling it with garlic salt, after you have added the toppings to your pizza, just before it goes into the oven.

Keys to a Crispy Crust:

 

  • To keep crust crispy, not soggy, be sure that your oven is preheated to at least 425 degrees F.
  • If you have a pizza stone, use it. Preheat the oven to 475 degrees F and let the stone come to temperature for an hour before using it to bake your pizza. This will give your crust a wonderfully crispy crust by retaining the heat and pulling away moisture. If you do not have a pizza peel to move your pizza on and off of your baking stone, use a flat sheet tray or a splatter screen instead.
  • For the crispiest crust, use homemade dough. Store bought, canned doughs tend to have extra moisture that does not bake out.
  • Stretch the dough as thin as possible without tearing to give it a crispy texture.
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    Baking and Serving:

    If you are baking your pizza on metal pans, be sure to grease them with a bit of olive oil.

    Remember, deep dish pizza will need to bake for a longer time at a lower temperature. When baking a thicker crust pizza, dock the center of the crust with a fork and then prebake the plain crust (no toppings) for 7 minutes. Remove it from the oven, rub it with a clove of peeled garlic, if desired, and then layer on the toppings and bake it for another 7-10 minutes.

    Always use a pizza cutter to slice your pizza instead of a knife. Look for a cutter that is made to keep melted cheese from sticking to it and is safe for whatever bakeware you are using.

    Recipes:

    Dough:

    Pizza Crust

    Whole Wheat Pizza Crust

    Excellent Pizza Crust

    Boboli Type Pizza Crust

    Bread Maker Pizza Crust

    Salsa Pizza with Black Bean Crust

    Nana’s Classic Pizza

    Delicious Topping Combinations:

    Stuffed Crust Pizza

    Mediterranean Pizza

    Double Cheesy Garlic Pizza

    Cheesy Mushroom Pizza

    Grilled Vegetable Pizza

    Grilled Chorizo Pizza

    Tomato and Onion Pizza

    Mushroom, Onion and Basil Pizza

    Potato, Dill and Cheddar Pizza

    Grilled Tomato and Mozzarella Pizza with Basil

    Bell Pepper, Mushroom, and Onion Pizza

    Broccoli Rabe, Potato and Rosemary Pizza

    Grilled Summer Vegetable Pizza with Basil Pesto and Feta

    Portobello Mushroom, Fresh Peppers and Goat Cheese Pizza

    Fresh Fig, Olive Tapenade with Goat Cheese Pizza

    Grilled Potato, Pancetta and Roasted Garlic Pizza with Olives and Rosemary

    Fajita Pizza

    Pizza Rustica

    California Pizza

    Pizza Margherita

    Pizza Primavera

    Pizza Bianca

    Southwest Pizza

    Pizza Mexicana

    Cowboy Pizza

    Pizza Carcoifi

    New Orleans Pizza

    BBQ Chicken Pizza

    Four Cheese Pizza

    Caramelized Onion, White Bean and Cheddar Flatbread

    Mushroom-Prosciutto Pizza

    Black Bean Pizza

    Pesto White Pizza

    Spinach Pierogi Pizza

    Tex-Mex Pizza

    Garlic Chicken Pizza

    Chicken Putanesca Pizza

    Double Mushroom Pizza

    Vermont Breakfast Pizza

    Broccoli and Cheddar Pizza

    Roasted Red Pepper Pizza

    Grecian Chicken Gyros Pizza

    Pass Attack Pesto Pizza

    Caramelized Onion and Artichoke Pizza

    Caramelized Onion, Greens and Ricotta Pizza

    Sun-Dried Tomato, Thyme and Basil Pizza

    Onion, Squash, Sage and Nut Pizza

    Artichoke and Arugula Pizza with Prissiutto

    Roasted Bell Pepper and Olive Pizza

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