Ever since I failed miserably at my first grilled pizza attempt, I've been terrified to try it again. Obviously, grilling with a charcoal grill for pizza isn't idea as you don't have as much control. Though I do love the taste charcoal brings to grilling, the carcinogens and wait time are big cons to using one.
Since we got our gas grill, I was ready to try grilled pizza again. For this pizza, I went for maximum grill flavor with minumum work. Rather than make a marinara, I used a can of fire roasted tomatoes and torn fresh herbs. The vegetables were seasoned heavily with garlic salt and pepper, and the cheese was sliced for easier application. This pizza was a total success, the crust was crisp and chewy, the vegetables had so much flavor, and mock-sauce added punches of sweet, smoky tomato flavor.
*JJ sliced the vegetables ahead of time, I intended for rounds, but he made them into planks because he said it is easier to grill them that way. You can do whatever you'd like, if you're going for aesthetics, rounds are probably a better choice!
Also, I don't have any pretty plated photos because we simply couldn't wait to dig into this pizza!
Grilled Vegetable Pizza
1 whole wheat pizza crust, rolled out to fit your grill shape
1 15 oz. can fire roasted diced tomatoes, drained well
2 tbsp. fresh torn herbs (I used basil, oregano, rosemary)
1 zucchini, sliced
1 eggplant, sliced
1 bell pepper, sliced
1 tsp. garlic salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 tbsp. EVOO
4 oz. part skim mozzarella cheese, sliced or shredded (I used organic valley and the flavor was outstanding!)
Heat grill over medium-high.
Slice vegetables, add to a large bowl, toss with EVOO, garlic salt and pepper.
Place vegetables on the grill, cook for 3-4 minutes per side, until tender.
Remove from the grill, put on a platter, and turn grill to low heat.
Spray with nonstick grill spray, place pizza crust on the grill.
Cover, cook for 3 minutes.
Flip crust, top with tomatoes, torn herbs, grilled veggies and cheese.
Cover and grill for 4-5 minutes, until grill marks appear and cheese is melted.