Thursday, June 30, 2011

Grilled Goat Cheese Pizza with Figs, Beets, and Wilted Greens

A great grilled pizza topped with a variety flavorful meatless options.



Who would of thought that grilled beets and greens makes for a delicious pizza topping.



Grilled Goat Cheese Pizza with Figs, Beets, and Wilted Greens
Serves 4
Recipe from Fine Cooking


Ingredients:
4 medium beets with tops, beets peeled and sliced 1/4-inch thick, and beet greens washed, stemmed, and thinly sliced
4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1lb. pizza dough (white or whole wheat), at room temperature
All-purpose flour, as needed
Cornmeal, as needed
4 ounces goat cheese, softened
1/3 cup chopped dried figs (note: we used fresh figs)
4 thin slices provolone (about 3 ounces)

Directions:
Prepare a high gas or charcoal grill fire.

In a medium bowl, toss the beets with 2 tsp. of the oil and light sprinkling of salt and pepper.  In another medium bowl, toss the beet greens with the remaining 2 tsp. oil and light sprinkling of salt and pepper.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface.  Using a dough scraper or sharp knife, quarter the dough.  Working with 1 piece at a time, stretch or roll each piece of dough into a rustic 12x3-1/2to 4-inch oval.  If the dough resists stretching, let it rest for a few minutes while you work on the other pieces.  Transfer to large cornmeal-coated rimmed baking sheets.

Grill the beets, covered and turning once, until tender and spotty brown on both sides, 8-10 minutes.  Return the beets to their bowl and set aside.

Reduce the grill heat to medium low (or let the fire die down).  Arrange the pizzas on the grill perpendicular to the grate.  Cover and grill, moving them around as needed to ensure even cooking, until bottoms are spotty brown, 2 to 4 minutes.  Return the crusts to the baking sheets grilled side up.  Spread each with a quarter of the softened goat cheese and then top with the beet greens, grilled beets, and figs.  Top with the provolone, breaking it into pieces so that most of each pizza is covered.  Return the pizzas to the grill, cover and cook until the bottoms are spotty brown, the greens are wilted, and the cheese is melted, 2 to 3 minutes longer.  Transfer the pizzas to a cutting board, cut into pieces and serve.

Enjoy!


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47 comments:

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

So beautiful, and the combination of sweet, savory and my favorite beets sounds amazing!

Cathy at Wives with Knives said...

Now that's what I call a pizza! I've never gotten around to grilling a pizza but you've inspired me, Velva. Beets and figs...who would have thought?

Parsley Sage said...

I never would have thought about beets and greens on a pizza. Very clever!

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

I'll bet this pizza had a delicious sweetness to it. It looks delicious. Thanks for a great recipe!

Mary

The Japanese Redneck said...

I'm betting that was delicious. It's very pretty too!

Susan said...

Have not gotten around to grilling a pizza yet. Love the beets!!

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

It is good to be back at last catching up with your blogging activities. The Cherry Clafouti is something I really should make with some of our cherries.

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Wonderful looking pizzas with a host of colorful ingredients. excellent click.

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Hungry Dog said...

Sounds fantastic. These just happen to be some of my favorite ingredients--thrown on a pizza (grilled, no less!), how could you go wrong?

From the Kitchen said...

Ah, these are a few of my favorite things!

Best,
Bonnie

Jhonny walker said...

I agree with Bonnie..I can already taste the flavor bonanza!

Intuitive Eggplant said...

The great thing about pizza is that the crust can be used as a vehicle (and some added crunch) for just about any combination of ingredients you'd like in another dish. This combo is a great idea, and that's a terrific photo of the finished grilled pizza!

Maris (In Good Taste) said...

This is a prize winning combination!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Velva, this sounds so interesting! A very different and tasty combination of favorites! thank you so much. blessings ~ tanna

tasteofbeirut said...

I adore beets and had a sandwich with them recently; now it will be pizza!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I think there is something seriously wrong with me. I don't like goat cheese. I'd love this recipe with any number of other cheese though.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I wish I could grill my pizza. It looks so scrumptious! Yummy.

Cheers,

Rosa

Kitchen Belleicious said...

Look at that pizza~! Oh my word is looks delicious. I love the goat cheese addition, not sure if I have ever had goat cheese on mine before but now I MUST try it! Awesome pics!

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

We make grilled pizza all the time. Nothing I grill though looks as good as this one. I can't wait to try this one.

LaDivaCucina said...

I've had grilled pizza/flatbread on the brain lately and this looks divine, Velva! I love "salad" pizzas, it really lightens the dish up, doesn't it? The guilt factor goes way down!

WE have a communal bbq downstairs, a real one with coal, so it's doubtful I'd go through the trouble for pizza dough but I did cheat the other day and "grilled" nan in a pan and loaded it with spicy flank steak, roasted tomatoes, arugula and tzaziki!

Meals by Misty said...

Grilled pizza, yum! Goat cheese, yum! Figs...not so sure! I will take your word on it V.

Cooking Creation said...

Your pizzas look perfect! Love the toppings :)

Chef E said...

Love this, want this!

We Are Not Martha said...

Wow, this is SO beautiful!! I love figs on flatbread and goat cheese, too?? Awesome!

Sues

a-man said...

Wow°°!! Haute Cuisine!! Never thought about preparing pizza on the bbq. The fact that inspires me most is to combine figs with the cheese.
Thank You.

Pacheco Patty said...

Now this is a pizza to remember, just beautiful;-)

Jen_from_NJ said...

I love pizza and beets - what a winning combination! Oh and the figs, goat cheese and provolone - lovely!

Angie's Recipes said...

That's a great pizza! Love the idea of using beets as the pizza topping.

Chris said...

I asked the goat what he thought of this pizza and he said, "Not ba-ha-ha-had" ;) =)

Marguerite said...

Love grilled pizza and this looks very tasty, as well as interesting! Have a Happy 4th!

Kim Bee said...

This looks so good. I am in awe. Your food looks delicious and your pictures are amazing. We're trying pizza on the grill for the first time tomorrow. I'm nervous about the dough sticking.

Chaya said...

Pizza will never be the same. This is marvelous, Velva. Do me a favor. Would you link this to My Meatless Mondays? This is unusual and creative and I am sure is a big hit.

Rebecca from Chow and Chatter said...

wow awesome pizza, happy 4th of July Velva

girlichef said...

Goodness me, that is one gorgeous pizza! I'm for sure putting beets on my next pizza, what a great idea and flavor profile. Happy 4th!

Beth said...

Your pizza sounds wonderful! What a great mix of flavors.

Rita said...

Whata an amzig treat from the grill!
Rita

Marta Benicá said...

Very great. I loved. have a nice week. Marta

Raina said...

Wow! This is really different! I love pizza on the grill and the flavors you have used sound wonderful:)

theycallmejane said...

How can I pass up a pizza with three of my favorites --- goat cheese, beets and greens? I can't. Thanks!

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That Girl said...

I really need to use figs more!

mr. pineapple man said...

wow! looks fantastic! its been years since Ive had figs!

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

I love grilled pizza, such great flavor! Yours looks fantastic, love the figs with the goat cheese.

marina {yummy mummy} said...

Hi Velva, thanks for your comment on Yummy Mummy so I could find your gorgeous blog! I just did a grilled pizza with figs too! LOVED it!

Nutmeg Nanny said...

This looks amazing! This flat bread has pretty much all my favorite foods...yum!

The Harried Cook said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a nice comment! :) Appreciate it... I really like your blog! This post, for instance, is really cool... I have never tried grilled pizza before, and yours is the most interesting combination I've seen... Love the toppings, the shape and the final presentation... Thanks for sharing!

Chef Fresco said...

Such a beautiful pizza! This looks simply amazing.

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