Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Barbecued Margherita Pizza


Have I mentioned my husband is the king of the grill? Seriously, in this house if it's cookable, it's barbecue-able. Ok so you may be thinking, yeah, frozen dough, no big deal. Not this one. My husband cooked this pizza on the barbecue using fresh dough. Some discussion forums online convinced him it was do-able. And boy was it worth chancing it. He had originally planned to make the dough from scratch, but when he arrived at La Bottega, they convinced him to go with their fresh whole wheat dough. It was awesome and it was $3. Why you'd make your own is beyond me.


To do this, my husband started by getting the barbecue really hot (500 degrees). He charred the dough for one minute and then rotated it 90 degrees to get a cross hatch pattern and finally flipped it over to start adding the ingredients: Nicastro's Gourmet Pizza Sauce, mozzarella fior di latte (both from Nicastro's)—and some fresh basil (from the Byward Market). He then closed the lid and cooked it for 5 minutes. If you'd like to add veggies, precook them before or cut them very thin since the cooking time is minimal. Drizzle the pizza with good olive oil and serve with a side salad. Barbecued dough is fantastic, and this pizza sauce is amazing! The best part – it has no additives. I love when my husband tries new things. Unlike my attempts, his always turn out to be mind blowing. This pizza was one of the best I've ever had.


Check out the bottom of this crust! So crispy and yummy.


Poor Seb wanted in on the action too.

13 comments:

treesaw said...

No wonder Seb wants some, it looks friggin' delish!

Michael Van der Tol said...

Hi Rachelle,

As a new reader of your blog the BBQ Pizza is a must try. It's nearing dinner time and I can't get that vision of the toasty crust out of my mind. Yum!

Rachelle said...

It is pretty fantastic. I'm sure you'll enjoy it as much as I did. It's a great idea. Just make sure to have the heat very high. Careful, if my friend Teresa and my dog Seb get a whiff of it, you may be sharing!

marysol said...

as soon as the sun makes an appearance, i will try this!!!

yes, we do like the same things!

Graham said...

Amazing pics, especially the first one

Rachelle said...

thanks!

Anonymous said...

mmm, can't wait to try this!! Thanks for the dough tip from Botegga, been searching for a place that made good dough!! Hope to see you again soon, we are back from NB, was there for 6 weeks, time flies!!
Celine

Rachelle said...

Welcome back!

Anonymous said...

I made it to the Market (from Greely) with a screaming child and got my dough!! Worth every high notes! He almost destroyed the store but glad we went! It was good, thanks! Celine

Rachelle said...

I'm glad it was worth it! Thank god! It is pretty crowded in there!

I Love Food Blog said...

Hi Rachelle,

Nice food blog you got going! I just stumbled upon this food blog recently.

This post is excellent. The pizza just looks amazing!

Looking forward to reading more of your food adventures!

Bon Appetit!
I Love Food Blog

Rachelle said...

Thanks! It is quite amazing, we just had it again the night before last!

I Love Food Blog said...

Oh wow...must have been another great meal!

By the way, you take really good pics of your food!