TGIF
May 18, 2007, 12:08 pm
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Friday is our night to relax, have something fun for supper, maybe indulge in some alcohol based sin.

One of our favorites is Grilled Pizza. You can make them over any kind of fire you want: gas, if you’re lazy like me, hardwood lump charcoal if you’re some sort of Bobby Flay wanna-be, or maybe even an EZ Light Bag o Kingsford.

It’s simple really. refer downwards to the bread recipe. You can leave in the herbs or not. After the first rising, cut the dough into 4-6 pieces, depending on how big you want your pizzas. Pat and roll out to make a crust, and throw it on a medium-high temp grill. Count to 20, flip it over, and count to 10. That’s your crust.

Here’s how I like to top them:

Bobby Flay’s recipe-
grilled italian sausage, sliced
grilled onions and bell peppers
ricotta cheese
fontina cheese (you know, I use munster, it tastes almost the same, has the same texture, and costs half as much)
Smear the crust with ricotta, add the other stuff, and top with the cheese.

My recipe:
Basil pesto (I get Classico in the jar)
bell peppers
sweet onions (like Vidalia)
black olives
crimini mushrooms, sliced and sauteed in olive oil
1/2 and 1/2 mix of munster and mozzerella cheeses

Then there’s the Boys’ favorite:
Red sauce from a jar
pepperoni from a bag
italian sausage, cooked
‘canadian’ bacon from a bag
pinapple tidbits from a can
mozzerella cheese
parmesan cheese

I’m fond of this popular notion of not using red sauce on a pizza. I’ve never really liked the stuff, and ricotta or pesto make such a tasty alternative.

Once the pizzas are assembled, make sure your grill is blazingly hot, but there’s a pizza sized spot that isn’t directly over the heat. Put your pizza there, close the lid, and count to 50. Check it, lifting it up to see the bottom. It the bottom is brown but the top isn’t as done as you’d like, stick it under the broiler for a minute.

Other Friday Night foods include tacos, maybe a grilled steak salad, or one of my favorite summer meals: bread salad. I’ll put that recipe up in a couple of weeks.

So- what do you like to fix, when it’s time to kick back and enjoy an evening?

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