Okay, so this whole thing started with two things. First, my wonderful friend J gave me her copy of Taste of the South magazine. I had never heard of this one before, but it took about 30 seconds of paging through it before I was filling out my own subscription card. Among other things, it included a article full of ideas for grilled pizzas. (Those of you who have been reading this blog awhile know I am a sucker for grilled pizza — those of you who haven’t, please click here.)At any rate, the recipe that caught my eye was for a bacon rosemary topped pizza that called for making a homemade heirloom tomato sauce. Since is is barely summertime, I filed that idea away for when I ran into some good-looking heirloom tomatoes.
Then about 2 days later, I met this handsome guy, and about 10 of his friends.
Was this a sign? Just to be sure, I asked the Southern husband to look around the farmer’s market to see if by chance they had any cans of crushed tomatoes, and he came back 5 minutes later with this:
He said he liked the look of the can. (So did I, as a matter of fact!) So I figured this was as sure a sign as any that I was supposed to be firing up the grill to make bacon rosemary pizza. The sauce came together quickly and easily and made my kitchen smell like heaven. Next I cooked up some bacon…
…and some pizza dough. I have to admit, I used my old faithful Cooks Illustrated pizza dough recipe, because it has never ever let me down, and I also used their grilling method, which calls for rolling out the dough into individual rounds and grilling them on one side until they are crispy and have those great char marks. Take them off the grill and spoon the following on the grilled side: tomato sauce, grated fontina cheese and chopped shallot. Return the pizzas to the grill and cook them with the lid down until the cheese is melted and the bottom of the pizza is nice and browned.Then take them off and sprinkle them with fresh chopped rosemary. Let’s take a look..
Adapted from Taste of the South