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Friday, July 29, 2011

Grilled Pineapple and Canadian Bacon Pizza

 Hi !    Here is a yummy recipe for all you Pineapple and Canadian Bacon fans…..  This seems to be a West Coast pizza craze.   We caught the craze, so we love this!


  

Ingredients:

1 Pizza Crust Dough - See recipe:  Grilled Pizza Crust Dough
   Use one half of the pizza dough ball to make this pizza. 
   If you opt for thin crust you will get about a 12-14 inch pizza
Sauce:
2 cloves of garlic, pressed
1 teaspoon salt
1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
1/2 teaspoon honey
Fresh Grated pepper to taste
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon dried basil
½ tablespoon olive oil
Just a pinch of red pepper flakes, **optional**

Toppings:
1 cup of sliced and diced fresh pineapple
1 small package of Canadian bacon – quantity used as you prefer
1/3 cup chopped black olives
1/3 cup chopped green olives
1 cup shredded smoked mozzarella cheese
1 cup shredded parmesan cheese


First, make your pizza dough.   This should be done about an hour before you will start grilling.  Once the dough has risen, punch it down and knead on a lightly floured surface for 1 to 2 minutes until smooth.  Divide into two equal size balls and proceed with your pizza making.   I found that rolling out a thin crust gave me a 14 inch pizza by dividing the dough in half.   This recipe is for one of the dough halves.   Before you place the dough on the grill, be sure to brush both sides with olive oil.


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While the dough is rising, prep your topping ingredients.   You should have everything ready before you put your dough on the grill because the first side will grill in only 3-4 minutes.   The grilled side is the side you will top.  You will then return the topped pizza to the grill to cook the bottom and melt the cheese.


First, let’s make the Pizza Sauce.   In a medium sauce pan, mix together tomato sauce and tomato paste until smooth.  Then, stir in garlic, salt, honey, pepper, oregano, basil, olive oil and red pepper flakes.  Cook over medium heat until the sauce begins to bubble.  Remove from heat and set aside.  *This might make more sauce than you need for a single pizza *

Next, slice and dice the pineapple the way you like it and set aside.  Then, chop the olives and shred the cheeses and set aside.

Okay, if all your toppings are ready, grill the first side of the dough. Return grilled side up and brush top with Olive Oil and then ladle 1 cup of the tomato sauce over pizza and smooth almost to the edge – adding more if needed.

Then, top the tomato sauce with the pineapple, Canadian bacon slices, olives, and lastly,  the cheeses.



Then, return the pizza to the grill to cook the bottom and melt the cheese.   Grill over medium to low heat with the lid down – rotating the pizza every 3 or 4 minutes.   Before each rotation check the bottom to insure it is cooking but not burning.   The optimal taste is a nice dark brown char mark and a golden crust.    The cheese should be bubbly but not burning. 

When done, slice and enjoy !!!!

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