I really wanted this to be “every-herb-I-have-except-basil pizza.” I’ve been on a bit of a basil kick lately and I really wanted to give some attention to the other herbs I have growing in the new garden. But the tomatoes I had were so pretty, I just couldn’t bring myself to not match them up with basil. It would be like peanut butter without jelly… ketchup without mustard… or me without Jack (it’s ok to groan, sorry).
Basil notwithstanding, I couldn’t make up my mind on which other herbs to use so I just went out and grabbed everything that looked good – lemon-thyme, sage, parsley — chopped them all together and threw them on top of the finished pizzas.
I made 4 “individual” sized pizzas. If this is your first time grilling dough, I recommend having some extra on hand in case you burn some.
dough (I cheated this time and bought the kind they make at Whole Foods)
garlic oil for brushing dough (1 clove of garlic + 1/4 cup olive oil)
fresh mozzarella cheese (if vegan, daiya cheese, or no cheese)
sliced tomatoes (1-2 small tomatoes per pizza)
fresh herbs (whatever you have/like… I used thyme, sage, basil and parsley)
Heat your grill (or grill pan) to medium-high heat. If you’re using an indoor grill pan, also preheat your oven broiler – if you want bubbling cheese, you will have to finish it in the oven.
Roll out your pizza dough with a bit of flour so that it’s not super-sticky (you don’t want it to completely stick to the grill). Brush dough with a bit of the garlic oil and place on the hot grill. The time you will grill each side will depend on how thin you have rolled out your dough. I grilled mine for 4-5 minutes per side. Using grill-safe tongs, you can slightly lift up a corner to look and see if black grill marks are starting to form. Once the first side has nice black grill marks, flip it over.
From here you have two choices:
If you’re using an outdoor grill, place toppings on the already-cooked side of the dough and shut the top of the grill until the dough is cooked through.
If you’re using a grill pan, finish grilling the second side of the dough. Remove and place on a baking sheet. Place your toppings on the pizza and broil it in the oven for another 3-5 minutes, or until cheese is bubbling.