Grilled Spinach Pizza & Romaine

It's still a little hot in our house for cooking inside, so we've been getting creative on the grill. (Plus, I refuse to acknowledge that summer is over.) This is our new favorite combo: grilled pizza with a grilled romaine lettuce salad. I add some spinach to the pizza sauce to give it a little extra nutrition, and we buy a whole grain dough from Trader Joe's.

My 3-year-old especially loves this because I let him decorate his own pizza. I love it because on the grill, the crust comes out perfectly crispy yet chewy.

Pizza:

Whole grain pizza dough



2 cups spinach



8oz tomato puree



2 cloves garlic



1 onion



1 tbsp basil

shredded mozarella

hearts of romaine, sliced in half down middle

T. Marzetti light blue cheese dressing



In a saucepan, saute the garlic, and onion until clear. Add spinach until wilted (about a minute). Place tomato puree and basil in a blender; add spinach, garlic, and onion. Blend until smooth. Roll out dough and top with sauce and cheese.

Before the grill is hot, spread the pizza out on the first rack (the dough is too difficult to spread on a hot grill). Heat it up, and watch the pizza closely. Remove when crust is brown and cheese is bubbly. Add romaine to grill, flash grill for about a minute until leaves are charred. Cover romaine with dressing, and enjoy.

2 comments:

  1. Lately we have a Trader Joe's pizza crust, pizza every soccer night (which is Wednesday, for us). Back when we were getting gobs of romaine in our CSA box we considered grilling it. But then I would think about warm, wilted lettuce in my mouth, gag a little, then nix it from my menu. I think I kinda want to try it, but I'm a little scared. How is it?

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  2. I know, it never sounds good to me either. I had the Grilled Romaine salad at The Yard House with Kristen once and it was so, so good. I think that they drizzle their romaine with a bit of olive oil and do the same thing Kristen recommendend. It is really good with other grilled entree items.

    You should totally try it, especially while you have the bounty of lettuce from your CSA. Then, if you don't like it, you can toss it and not feel so bad.

    Just grill it for a flash!

    -Ali

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