Grilled Margherita Pizza

Summer, when tomatoes are at their peak, is the perfect time for this pizza. And no fear–this recipe calls for salmonella-free cherry tomatoes. I love the simple ingredients and pure flavors. You will, too.  So get grillin!

Grilled Margherita Pizza

2 TBSP extra-virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, sliced
1/2 batch thin-crust pizza dough (I used store bought fresh pizza dough)
all-purpose flour for dusting
6 oz. fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced 1/4 inch thick
1 oz. Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated
1 c. cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 c. baby arugula
1/4 c. chopped fresh basil
kosher salt, to taste
fresh black pepper, to taste


1. Prepare a hot fire in a grill and preheat a grill-top pizza stone for at least 30 minutes, until the thermometer on the stone registers 500ºF. Alternately, place pizza stone in oven while oven heats to 500 degres.

2. In a small fry pan over low heat, warm the olive oil. Add the garlic, then remove the pan from the heat.

3. Using a rolling pin or your hands, gently roll out or stretch the pizza dough into a 10-inch round. Lightly dust a pizza peel with flour and lay the dough on top.

4. Lightly brush the dough with the garlic-infused olive oil. Scatter the mozzarella and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheeses evenly over the dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Arrange half of the tomatoes on top.

5. Carefully slide the pizza onto the preheated pizza stone, cover the grill and bake until the crust is golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes.

6. Scatter the remaining tomatoes, the arugula and basil on top and season with salt. Using the pizza peel, transfer the pizza to a cutting board and cut into slices. Serve immediately. Serves 2 to 4.

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  1. Amy
    June 20, 2008 / 1:19 am

    Oh YUM. I love pizzas with baby arugula….this looks heavenly!!

  2. Anonymous
    June 21, 2008 / 6:01 am

    I was lucky enough to get to eat this amazing was fabulous! But, then again, everything Kelsey makes is heavenly!

  3. Anonymous
    June 21, 2008 / 4:41 pm

    OH YUM! With argulua and spinach this looks soooooo good!

  4. Kelsey
    June 25, 2008 / 11:48 pm

    Thanks, Mom. I learned from the best!

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