Independence Day Grill: Gluten Free Grilled Pizza Recipes and Fourth of July Recipe Roundup

July 3rd, 2008 yum Posted in Chebe, Grilled, Holiday, Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian, cheese, tomatoes 5 Comments »

I wasn’t exactly intending to blog about tonight’s dinner, honestly. I mean, how many pizza recipes does one need? We’ve already had some pretty fancy pizza recipes here at the Book of Yum. But this week, due to a chaotic household, it just seemed better not to use the oven, and so when I was planning the menu I thought I’d try a new pizza technique- grilling the pizza crust. It’s a technique I’ve heard about many times but never tried myself, and I thought it was high time. It’s perfect, really, especially in hot weather when turning on the oven seems like cruel and unusual punishment. (Granted, it hasn’t been all that hot here… but it should be!) I have a lot of Chebe mixes left from the last bulk order I did with them, and during busy weeks, there’s nothing I love more than the “open the package and dump it in the bowl” style of baking. This time I made two small ones from the mix because I just love making more than one topping but still having separate pizzas. Then it was time to grill. I’m big into the propane grill, baby. Supposedly it is the DH’s, but I use it about 10 times more often than he does- I’m always grilling veggies or tofu or something because it adds so much flavor to everything. But what could a grill do to a pizza crust? The answer? A lot. I was worried that the crust might stick to the grill, but happily, it didn’t. And it baked so fast- far quicker than if you had baked it in the oven. Just a few minutes and one side of the pizza looked DONE, and even had sexy grill marks to prove it. I turned it over, let it grill for another few minutes, and then went happy with my toppings. To be honest, I had something of a little problem- largely, no pasta sauce in the house whatsoever. I did have half of the juice from a can of chopped tomatoes, and some tomato paste, so I made a very basic red sauce base. To my surprise, it worked just fine and actually tasted great. Then I grilled up a portabella mushroom basted with olive oil, garlic, and seasoning, and did the same to my sweet red pepper. With the addition of some sliced calamata olives and cheese, I had a great basic veggie pizza that matched my taste buds perfectly. But I still didn’t have enough red sauce for the second pizza, so I decided to go all out and try something I’d never had before- marguerita pizza. According to online sources, this is one of the first official pizzas and was produced by Italy’s Royal chefs in honor of Queen Marguerita in 1896 when she asked them to make her an assortment of pizzas resembling the bread pizzas she had enjoyed among commoners. Traditionally, the marguerita pizza contains “fresh sliced tomato, mozzarella, fresh basil, fresh garlic, onion and a hint of Romano (no tomato sauce).” (source: In Mama’s Kitchen) Sounded good to me! And in fact, it was absolutely delicious. I’ll definitely be making BOTH of these pizzas again, and I have a feeling that my grill is going to be even busier this summer baking up a slew of yummy pizzas. Oh, and since there was cheese AND grill marks involved, the DH loved this recipe too.

This pizza would be perfect for an Independence Day party, or just for a quick dinner before you see the fireworks. Looking for other gluten-free fourth of July recipes?

Try my Recipe for Grilled Sesame Vegetables
with this accompanying Ginger Peanut Sauce (Complete with pics from our 4th of July last year)
My World-Famous Grilled Sesame Tofu Recipe
a classic Gluten-Free Macaroni Salad Recipe
Japanese potato salad Recipe
Grilled Kabocha and Sundried Tomato Pate
GF Lemon Blueberry Muffin Recipe (Add raspberries and white frosting for a red,white and blue treat!)

Want another yummy pizza recipe?
Try my favorite Grilled Veggie and Smoked Cheese Pizza Recipe
Allergen Free Gluten-Free Pizza Recipe (with crust recipe)
Or this unexpected Zucchini Crust Pizza Recipe

Hope this helps you get some ideas for your Fourth of July Celebration! If you have links to your favorite recipes for the forth of July, share in the comments and I’ll add them to the list!

Gluten Free Grilled Chebe Marguerita Pizza and Grilled Veggie Pizza Recipe
Ingredients
Pizza Dough:
1 pkg. Chebe pizza mix
2 eggs
1 tbsp. oil
4 tbsp. your choice of “milk” (dairy or non-dairy)

Marguerita topping:
Grated nonfat mozzarella cheese (1/4 packaged ball) or favorite non-dairy substitute
1 medium organic tomato
Handful fresh basil
salt

Traditional topping-
Tomato sauce:
3 tbsp juice from can of chopped canned tomato
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp. olive oil
sprinkle of sugar and salt

Veggies:
1 portabella mushroom
3 peeled garlic cloves
1/2 sweet red pepper
8 kalamata olives

nonfat mozzarella cheese, grated (or favorite nondairy cheese substitute)

Directions
Combine Chebe pizza ingredients according to package instructions and knead dough into a ball. Separate into two balls. Take a gallon sized ziploc bag and place your chebe dough inside the bag and flatten it out (pressing on the OUTSIDE of the bag so your hands don’t get icky) into a nice circle in about 1/4 or 1/8 of an inch thick. Remove dough from bag and place on a plate, and reserve. Now make your second pizza.

Turn on your grill to medium high heat and place your pizza crusts on the grill (without toppings) letting it cook with the lid open for a few minutes. You may wish to rotate the dough if your grill cooks unevenly. Turn your pizza crust over when that side has nice grill marks and grill the other side for another few minutes. Remove from grill and cover with toppings.* Grill for a few minutes on low, covered. When cheese has nicely melted, remove from grill and cut into pieces. Yummy!

*For the marguerita pizzas, top the pizza with mozzarella cheese, tomato slices, a sprinkle of salt and a handful of basil. Drizzle with a little high quality olive oil and finish grilling.

*For the traditional veggie pizza, crush your garlic cloves and put them in a small bowl with a tablespoon of high quality olive oil and your favorite pasta/italian seasoning herbs. Baste your portabella mushroom and red pepper and grill, turning when each side is done. Remove from heat and chop into pieces. Also mix your tomato sauce ingredients in another bowl. Top your pizza with tomato sauce, grilled veggies, and cheese, adding olives on very top. If you like, after the pizza has baked with toppings, you can broil it in the oven so the cheese gets all brown on top. Be careful not to burn!

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Gluten Free Italian Recipes: Sicilian Pasta Sauce

November 26th, 2007 yum Posted in Italian, Pasta, Vegetarian, tomatoes 3 Comments »

pastaplate.jpgI don’t know about you all, but it’s hard to daydream about new recipes when your refrigerator is bursting with food and all you have to do is pull out a few plastic tins to enjoy some of your favorite dishes. I’ve been feasting on portobello mushroom stuffing filled acorn squash drizzled in vegetarian gravy, with cranberry sauce and the occasional mashed potato for days now. Is that bad? It just tastes so good… and, miraculously, is good for me. Unlike, perhaps, all those delicious fruit pies. Mmm, pie. But I had to admit, my taste buds were starting to revolt just a little bit, and clamor for variety. Gluten-free pasta was calling my name… but yet, I couldn’t just let those leftovers go to waste, could I? So, I decided to try something from Thanksgiving in a new way. I’d tried out a new recipe for broccoli covered in a yummy Sicilian tomato sauce that evoked the best balsamic glazed elements of a eggplant caponata dish. But honestly, the broccoli didn’t really do it for me. I love broccoli, and I totally loved the sauce in a spoon-licking sort of way, but I just wasn’t feeling the pairing. So I decided to separate these two elements for good- ditched the broccoli and used the sauce on some tasty gluten-free spaghetti. Perfecto! Is that a word? It should be. While the pasta was boiling I threw a bunch of fresh asparagus in the oven to roast drizzled in olive oil, salt, and pepper. Simple, but oh so good. When it came out I added a splash of balsamic vinegar, and had the perfect side dish for my new, improved, Sicilian Pasta Recipe. We sprinkled on some parmesan judiciously, and I added some extra pine nuts (and later, kidney beans for added fiber and protein) and had a absolutely delicious, Italian meal. Tired of your same old pasta sauce recipe? Try this recipe- it’s simpler than caponata but channels the same divine flavors.

Sicilian Pasta Sauce Recipe
Ingredients
Gluten-Free Pasta

3 tbsp olive oil
4 sprigs parsley, chopped
2 large or 3 medium red or yellow onions
1/2 cup red wine
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 overfull tbsp. tomato paste
1/2 tsp dried marjoram
1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes
3 thinly sliced garlic cloves
1 28 oz. can peeled tomatoes with liquid
1/3 cup sliced Kalamata olives
1/3 cup raisins
1/3 cup pine nuts or blanched slivered almonds (optional)

Directions
Heat oil and saute parsley and onions until translucent (10-15 minutes). Add wine, wine vinegar, tomato paste, spices and garlic clove and simmer until liquid reduces and gets thick. Add tomatoes with liquid and let thicken again. Add olives, let sauce simmer and flavors permeate, and finally add raisins and nuts. The longer the sauce simmers, the better the flavor will get.

Serve with pasta and a nice green vegetable like roasted asparagus, sauteed and seasoned green beans, or roasted chili garlic broccoli on the side.

Notes
This was more to my taste than DH’s, but I really loved the flavors. It reminds me of eggplant caponata, without the eggplant. Yummy!
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