Friday, June 28, 2013

BBQ Margherita Pizza

After a week of rainy weather the sun has finally decided to reappear.  It's actually starting to feel like summer vacation now with blue skies and hot weather on the way.  Though the hot weather brings mixed emotions for me this year since my feet are already noticeably swollen on the cooler days...  Ah well, my cankles and I will enjoy the pool later this weekend once the heat wave hits.

Another great thing about the warmer days is cooking more meals on the BBQ.  We discovered a simple and delicious BBQ recipe last summer that has become a new staple around here and I thought it was the perfect day to share.  (You can find the original recipe HERE.)

Quick Grilled Pizza Margherita

1 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp chopped garlic
2 cups (or about 1 can) whole Italian plum tomatoes with juices
Pinch of sugar
Pinch of salt

I chose this President's Choice brand of tomatoes from Superstore and it turned out delicious.  One 19 oz can seems to be enough for just our family, but our kids are not big eaters so you may need to double the sauce recipe and use 2 cans (and possibly triple it if you're serving guests).

Heat olive oil in a pot over medium heat.  Add garlic and saute for 30 seconds or until it starts to smell sweet.  Pour in the tomatos and squish with a potato masher (I usually just chop them up with my spatula as they are cooking).  Add a pinch of sugar and bring to a gentle simmer.  Simmer on low-medium for 15 minutes or until rich and saucy.  Season with salt.

Once the sauce is ready it's time to spread it on the Naan bread.  The original recipe has instructions to brush the bread with olive oil and partially grill it before putting on the sauce but I decided to skip this step and keep it simple.

This is the bread I use, also from Superstore.  (It was still frosty from living in my freezer over the last few months but a little defrosting took care of that.)

Spread your sauce...

The original recipe just calls for sauce and then the cheese (a true "margherita pizza" I guess) but feel free to customize with the toppings of your choice.  We like ours with pepperoni and mushrooms...

Next comes the BBQing.  This part happens quick!  Once your BBQ is hot and ready, place the pizzas on.  They will take only about 5 minutes before the cheese is melted and the bottom is nicely toasted.

Finally, top with fresh basil (we've been enjoying some fresh from our garden these days) and dig in!

Not only simple, but a crowd-pleaser as well and perfect for entertaining...

Happy Summer BBQing!


Anonymous said...

Yum! Could do that on tortilla wrap or pita too. I will try it! Mom
How in the world do you have time time to blog???

kelly ens said...

Yum! I have used the same naan bread for individual pizzas a few times. So great!

Trev and Rebekah said...

looks so good! I am gonna miss our BBQ this summer!

I LOVE fresh basil and have my own little plant growing on our balcony! Great in thai food too.

rachel joy said...

oh yum. this looks amazing. have not tried naan for pizza yet, must get to it!

Jen Glen said...

Yep! It was tasty and went over great when you were entertaining us! Hope you're keeping cool in your hot, hot weather. I feel for you. Am so glad I don't have a huge belly right now in our heat.