BBQ’d Caramelized Onion & Prosciutto Pizza

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 Have you ever tried grilled pizza?  As in PIZZA ON THE BBQ?!  I didn’t even know there was such a thing until my husband suggested it for dinner the other night – and offered to make it.  I was skeptical, but I wasn’t about to turn down a meal that I didn’t have to cook 🙂  And boy am I ever glad that he was feeling in the mood to try something new … because it was AWESOME!

What you’ll need …

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Separate pizza dough and use 1/2 for this recipe.
Dust the dough with some flour and roll out onto a baking sheet …

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Heat up a tablespoon of oil in your frying pan and add sliced onions.
Cook for a minute or so, then add the brown sugar.
You could make this recipe without the brown sugar, but I just like the way the sweetness of the onions compliments the saltiness of the prosciutto …

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 Brush olive oil directly onto the grill and slide the dough off of the cookie sheet onto the BBQ …

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Grill dough for about 2 – 3 minutes with the BBQ lid closed.
Once you see the brown grill marks at the bottom of the dough, it’s time to flip it over to the other side …

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And now comes the fun part … decorating!
Spread pizza sauce on your dough and sprinkle cheese all over …

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Add the rest of your favourite pizza toppings.
In our case this was a half-and-half pizza.  My side was caramelized onions and prosciutto.  My husband hates onions, so he went with pineapple and prosciutto.  I may be biased, but I liked my side better 🙂
Close the BBQ lid and let the grill and flames do all the work.  But don’t get too comfortable, because it won’t take long until your pizza is ready to be taken off of the BBQ and devoured …

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 Slice pizza up, serve and enjoy …

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In case you need a tip on HOW to enjoy the pizza … may I suggest in your backyard with a beer or two?
I officially LOVE summer and cannot wait to spend many more evenings just like this!

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INGREDIENTS
** makes 4 servings (or 6 – 8 if you’re not greedy like me … LOL)

  • 1/2 package of store bought pizza dough (or make it from scratch if you have time)
  • 1/2 can of pizza sauce
  • 1.5 – 2 cups of shredded cheese
  • 1 sliced red onion
  • 6 slices of prosciutto
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil, divided
  • salt to taste (I ended up omitting this)


INSTRUCTIONS

  • Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet. Add onions + brown sugar and toss/stir for several minutes, or until onions are brown and cooked. Set aside.
  • Preheat the BBQ on high.
  • Dust pizza dough with flour so it doesn’t stick and roll out to a rectangular shape.
  • When the grill is hot and ready, brush the grates with remainder of the olive oil.
  • Slide the pizza dough off the baking sheet and onto the grill.
  • Close the BBQ lid and cook the dough for about 2 minutes.
  • Check if the dough is browned underneath. If it’s not browned, give it another minute.
  • Turn the pizza crust over, browned-side up.
  • Spread the pizza sauce over the entire pizza crust.
  • Top with the shredded cheese.
  • Add caramelized onions and prosciutto (and any other toppings you may want).
  • Turn the heat down to medium-high, and close the lid.
  • Cook for about 3 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly and melted.
  • Pull the pizza off the grill and let it rest for a minute or so before cutting it.
  • Cut, serve and enjoy!

~ Jackie

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