Friday, June 28, 2013
Grilled Naan Pizza
Recently I was pondering some ideas for fun and casual backyard dinner parties and one of the ideas that came to mind was to serve an assortment of small grilled pizzas. To make things easier, I thought about using some sort of prepared dough. Most of the already cooked pizzas doughs you pick up at the store are large and, honestly, a little 'blah' in texture. Then I thought about using naan. The hubby and I absolutely adore Trader Joe's Tandoori Garlic Naan and I thought it would be the perfect base for small grilled pizzas. After a little Googling I discovered I wasn't the first to come up with the idea... and I was sold. I had to try it.
I made these as a quick Thursday night post-work dinner and they were quick and satisfying. I even whipped up (the world's easiest) homemade sauce for our pizzas. Using the Trader Joe's naan makes these a great last-minute meal or appetizer as you don't have to wait for any dough to rise. You can have these prepared (including sauce) start to finish in around 20 minutes. I really do think these would make a perfect crust option if you're wanting to grill several pizzas with different toppings, as they're small and you can create a few pizza options without making a TON of food. If you decide to serve these to guests, I'd suggest you allot 1-2 naan per person, depending on what sort of appetizers and/or sides you plan to serve them with.
I really loved the flavor and texture of the garlic naan crust and plan to keep these on hand (and homemade sauce in the freezer) all summer long for quick lunch and dinner options.
Grilled Naan Pizza
Trader Joe's Tandoori Garlic Naan (not the frozen kind)*
freshly shredded mozzarella cheese
fresh basil, pepperoni, or other desired toppings
Preheat your grill to medium-high heat with lid closed.
Top each piece of naan with a couple heaping tablespoons of pizza sauce, approximately, 1/4 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese, and any additional toppings that you desire. Carefully place your prepared pizza(s) on the preheated grill, close the lid, and let cook for 5-8 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bottom is lightly browned. Remove from heat, slice, and serve.
*I have also seen naan in the bakery section of my local Walmart and other chain grocery stores (for those who don't have access to a Trader Joe's).
(Easy) Homemade Pizza Sauce
adapted slightly from Mel's Kitchen Cafe
14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
6 oz. can tomato paste
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon dried fennel
pepper, to taste
Combine all the ingredients in a blender or food processor and pulse until desire consistency is reached. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed (I added a bit more garlic salt to mine and next time I may reduce the sugar to 1/2 teaspoon as I prefer my sauce more on the savory side). Use immediately or store in the refrigerator (up to a week) or freezer (up to a month).