Friday Night Favorite

Saturday, August 4, 2012 |

I am so far behind in posting and catching up with you!

It's been a busy, but fun, summer so far. Rather than trying to "catch up," I'm just going to start from this point and work backwards.

So, here we go ...

We love pizza on the grill and caesar salad so this is the best of both worlds! 

There is something about the ability to linger a littler longer over dinner on a Friday night ... and enjoy a second glass of wine ;)

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I don't measure ingredients when it comes to making pizza. It's all done by sight and how hungry we are.

I make my own pizza dough but store bought works just as well.

Tonight's toppings ~
*grilled chicken {marinade at bottom}
*garlic and herb cheese spread
* parmesan cheese
*fontina cheese
*chopped romaine lettuce
*olive oil with pepper flakes

Heat your grill to a low temperature.

Brush olive oil on the grill to prevent sticking ~ don't skip or you'll be scrapping your dinner off ~ not very eye appealing or tasty!

Stretch out your dough to desired thickness {the thinner side works best} and place on grill. Grill only until slightly browned and flip over carefully ~ mine had a little accident along the way. Oops.

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Now you're ready to load on the goodies!

*brush on a very thin layer of olive oil
*spread on the garlic and herb cheese
*sprinkle on the fontina
*layer the grilled chicken

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Put the lid down and wait for the cheese to melt {yummy!} and the pizza dough to finish baking. 

Don't venture far the grill at this point because you don't want it to burn.

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Pull the pizza off the grill, top it with the caesar salad {I dress mine before I take it out to the grill} and sprinkle on a little Parmesan cheese.

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Come and get it hot off the grill!

I promise you'll love this ... call me when it's ready; I'll be right over!

Salad dressing

* 2 {or more if you really like garlic ~ we do!} garlic cloves grated
* 1 juicy lemon ~ you could use two if they aren't providing enough
* 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 
* 1 1/2 teaspoon anchovy paste ~ this is the deal breaker for the dressing so don't skip
* 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
* 1/4 to 1/3 cup olive oil

* 1 large or a couple small heads of romaine lettuce

This recipe makes more dressing than you'll need for the pizza so you'll have enough to enjoy for a couple of days.

Chicken marinade
Adapted from Wolfgang Puck

* 2 large chicken breasts {use 1 for the pizza and save the other to put on salads for lunch}
* 1/2 cup olive oil
* 4 tablespoons fresh lime juice
* 2 large jalapeno peppers seed and finely chopped {I used hot peppers from my garden this time}
* 3 cloves garlic finely chopped {use less if you'd like}
* 1/4 cup roughly chopped cilantro
* pinch of kosher salt

Marinate for at least 1 1/2 hours so it has time to absorb the flavors.

I've used this marinade for chicken skewers as well.

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Kelly said...

This pizza looks delicious. I've wanted to try grilling a pizza, but have been too chicken to try it. You make it look so easy and tasty that I'll just have to give it a whirl.
Kelly at Little Wonders' Days

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Jo,

Your pizza and salad look so good.
We make our pizza dough too, in fact recently I learned about pizza flour which makes a much nicer crisper pizza.
Thanks for visiting me and I hope you have a wonderful weekend


Dee Stephens said...

We love making our own pizzas too. Why am I hungry and it's not even 10am yet? UGH

Roz said...

Hi Jo,
I've simply got to try grilling pizza and grilling romaine too for that Caesar topping! I had a grilled Caesar once and it was so delish! I love the ingredients for your grilled piste especially the fontina! Thanks for stopping by the other day with your kind comment. I envy your trip to California, it's been too long since I've been back to visit!

Magnolia Blues said...

This one is for sure going to be filed under "favorites" in my recipe book. We love pizza in this house. It remeinds me of Greek pizza but healthier. Thanks for sharing the recipe.


Roz said...

Oh my gosh, I want pizza for dinner now Jo! Loved your photos of your trip! I was amazed when gas prices went as low as $2.89 this summer here in SC. super cheap prices here, but sadly, that's why the public schools are devoid of funds for improvement. retirees love it here and also don't like to see tax money go to help the native sons in their education. I'd pay higher taxes on gas anyway to have a smarter population of residents! Thanks for stopping by and keep taking those great shutter shots!


NanaDiana said...

It sounds like you had a wonderful, family time. It is hard to be so far away from family. You miss all those little day-to-day moments that add so much to your life. Can you believe their AC went out before you got there? I have the same type of "gift" when it comes to boats. I never met one that wouldn't stop dead in the water when I was on it- including a cruise ship (that burned in dock)...uh-huh. Gotta love those "gifts" , huh? Blessings- xo Diana

lori carolina said...

That looks AMAZING!!!!

annechovie said...

You have a beautiful family, Jo! Going back to MI in Summer is always fun - even if it's in a heat wave. xo

Michelle said... mouth is watering now! LOL

Marilyn *Pink Martinis and Pearls* said...

Looks like a wonderful trip home to be with your family. Thanks for sharing. :)

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