Expand Your Grilling Horizons with Homemade Pizza
Though hot dogs and hamburgers might garner most of the grilling glory, just about any food can be cooked over an open flame. Even homemade pizza, such as the following recipe for ÒKale, Potato and Chorizo PizzaÓ from Karen Adler and Judith FertigÕs ÒThe Gardener & The GrillÓ (Running Press), can make for a unique entree at your next backyard barbecue.
Kale, Potato and Chorizo Pizza : Serves 4
1 recipe Stir-Together Flatbread and Pizza Dough (see below) or 1 pound frozen pizza or bread dough, thawed All-purpose flour, for sprinkling 8 kale leaves Olive oil, for brushing and drizzling 8 oz cooked & crumbled chorizo, Portuguese or other spicy sausage 4 new potatoes, cooked and sliced thinly 1 cup chopped green onion (about 6 green onions, white and light green parts) Coarse black pepper
Divide the dough into four equal parts and press or roll each piece into an 8-inch circle. Sprinkle flour on two large baking sheets and place two rounds of dough on each sheet. Prepare a hot fire on one side of your grill for indirect cooking. Oil a perforated grill rack and place over direct heat. Brush the kale with olive oil. Grill leaves for 1 minute on each side, or until slightly charred and softened. Quickly trim off the bottom of the stalk and strip the leaves from the stems. Finely chop the leaves and set aside. To grill directly on the grill grate, brush one side of each pizza with olive oil and place, oiled side down, on the direct heat side. Grill for 1 to 2 minutes, or until you see the dough starting to bubble. Brush the top side with olive oil and flip each pizza, using tongs, onto a baking sheet. Quickly brush with more olive oil, then spoon on a fourth of the sliced potato and grilled kale. Sprinkle with sausage and green onion. Drizzle with olive oil and season with pepper. Using a grill spatula, place each pizza on the indirect side of the fire. Cover and grill for 4 or 5 minutes until the kale has slightly wilted and the topping is hot. Serve hot.
Stir-Together Flatbread and Pizza Dough Makes 1 pound dough for 4 individual pizzas or flatbreads 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons instant or bread-machine yeast 1 cup lukewarm water 1 teaspoon honey 1tablespoon olive oil
In a medium bowl, stir the flour, salt and yeast together. Combine the water, honey and olive oil and stir into the flour mixture. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature (72 F) until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour. Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Bring to room temperature before rolling out.