Thursday, September 9, 2010

Grilled Mexican Pizza

First off, turn on that grill baby! :)  I seasoned my Chicken Breast with fajita seasoning the night before. Once grill is pre-heated to medium heat, spray it with PAM and put the chicken on it. Flip after about 6-7 minutes and continue to cook until chicken  is no longer pink in the center. Allow to rest and then chop into small pieces and set aside
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Next, I like to get all my ingredients ready to go: Drain and rinse one can of Corn and one can of Black Beans – You’ll only need about a 1/4 cup of each so you can bag and freeze what’s left – or repurpose them in another meal, like these Chicken and Summer Vegetable Tostadas that are AWESOME!
I also grate the cheese & chop the cilantro. I prefer block cheese that is freshly grated- call me crazy but it just tastes better to me (and it melts better!). Plus with the help of my handy dandy food processor, it’s a breeze! Takes literally 6 seconds to grate a whole block! Score!
Roll out the pizza dough. You can either cut it in half and roll it into two mini pizzas. This time, I just made one large pizza though (After trying both, I think I prefer the two small pizzas route - much easier to work with!). Brush one side of the rolled out pizza dough with olive oil and place it (oiled side down) onto the grill and close the lid. Once the dough begins to puff up and brown on the under side, flip.  Allow the other side to brown and crisp up…
Okay, so this time around, I did things a little differently.  I decided to take the grilled dough and put it onto a pan, add the toppings, and then put it into a 500 degree oven for about 5 minutes to finish off.  This worked much better than grilling it with toppings already on it (I had issues with the underside of the crust burning & the toppings not cooking).  The oven method worked fabulously!
Note: be sure not to add TOO much of the toppings or it will get soggy… and nobody likes soggy pizza!
Once I removed it from the oven, I sprinkled it with fresh Cilantro, cut it into slices, and served it with Sour Cream. DELICIOUS!

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Grilled Mexican Pizza

Ingredients:

1 batch of your favorite Pizza Dough
You can also get some ready-made Pizza dough from the bakery at your grocery store
1/2 Jar of Tomatillo Salsa (I used Frontera brand from Wholefoods- AMAZING)
1/4 Cup Black Beans (Drained and Rinsed)
1/4 Cup Yellow Corn (Drained & Rinsed)
1/2 Cup of Colby Jack Cheese
1 Chicken Breast (Seasoned with Fajita Seasoning)
Fresh Cilantro
Sour Cream

Directions:

Turn grill on to Medium-Hight heat. Roll out the pizza dough. You can either cut it in half and roll it into two mini pizzas. This time, I just made one large pizza though (After trying both, I think I prefer the two small pizzas route - much easier to work with!). Brush one side of the rolled out pizza dough with olive oil and place it (oiled side down) onto the grill and close the lid. Once the dough begins to puff up and brown on the under side, flip. Allow the other side to brown and crisp up.

Place grilled dough onto a pan, add the toppings in thin layers, and then put it into a 500 degree oven for about 5 minutes to finish off. This worked much better than grilling it with toppings already on it (I had issues with the underside of the crust burning & the toppings not cooking).

Note: be sure not to add TOO much of the toppings or it will get soggy... and nobody likes soggy pizza!

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5 Responses to “Grilled Mexican Pizza”

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    Kate — September 9, 2010 @ 1:49 pm

    Looks delicious! I am loving your blog posts! One question I have, I am in the market for a grill. What kind do you have? Is it gas? It looks portable, which might be nice for my condo and lack of balcony space :).

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    blackbookkitchendiaries — September 9, 2010 @ 4:03 pm

    i love this post, and i love pizza so i am totally sold! your blog is awesome.

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    Kristina (Tina) — September 9, 2010 @ 4:27 pm

    @ Kate – Thanks girl! The grill is actually my moms- we live in a 3 story town home so we had our big grill downstairs and her's upstairs on the balcony… SO nice. I think we are going to get one for up there now! :) It's a WEBER Q and it's fantastic- it's a gas grill and you can hook it up to a full size tank which is nice!
    @blackbookkitchendiaries – Thanks for the compliment! Glad you like my blog! :)

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    Debbie — September 9, 2010 @ 5:17 pm

    I can verify that not only does this pizza LOOK delicious, but it also TASTES delicious.

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    notyet100 — September 10, 2010 @ 11:49 am

    drooling

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