I recently saw a recipe in Wegman’s quarterly magazine for Peppadew & Hummus Grilled Naan Pizza and immediately my taste buds and imagination went whirling!! Just the thought of a grilled pizza smothered in hummus was enough to spark a meal of total creative-genius!! And the whole time, I kept thinking Why didn’t I think of this sooner?! The result was my own Veggie & Hummus Grilled Pizza and it was oh-so-good! My total preparation time was less than 15 minutes, including all prep work & cooking! It is a great easy and simple meal that packs a big WOW! Factor. Because this is more of a make-your-own type of recipe, I’m going to break it down a little differently. Feel free to take your own liberties to create a one-of-a-kind pizza that best suits your family!
- Pizza Dough (store bought or homemade)
- Hummus (roughly 10 oz for a family serving size – we used Traditional)
- Mini Sweet Peppers, sliced into rounds
- Small Tomatoes (you can use grape, cherry, or a gourmet variety – my favorite), halved or quartered
- Olives (whatever kind you prefer – I used green olives that were herbed), pitted and halved
- Fresh Basil Leaves, thickly sliced
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Roll out your dough to a 1/4″ thickness, but make sure that whatever size it ends up being will fit comfortably on your grill. To make our pizzas more manageable on the grill, I divided the dough into 3 equal portions and then rolled them into rough squares. They ended up being about 10 inches long each.
Over medium/low heat, grill your pizza dough directly on the iron racks for a minute or two on each side, until toasted and cooked through. This process really does take only a few minutes to complete. I did my dough pieces in batches so as not to overcrowd the grill. If your dough puffs up, just puncture a small hole in the top to let the air out before you flip it. Don’t worry about cracks and small breaks in your dough – this is a stress-free meal!
Allow to cool on wire racks.
Top each grilled pizza dough with a generous helping of hummus, top with your favorite vegetables and herbs (mine are listed in the ingredients above) and drizzle each pizza with about 1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil. Cut into squares or rectangles and serve!
Because we had more than enough to consume in one meal, we prepared each pizza as we ate it. I kept all of the leftovers separated and stored the hummus and veggies in the fridge and the leftover pizza dough in a freezer baggie on the counter. For lunch the next day, we assembled a brand new pizza with the leftovers and enjoyed another tasty meal!
- Another great serving suggestion for family members with varying tastes and when entertaining guests is to cut your grilled pizza dough into small squares before topping it. Set everything out as a make-it-yourself bar and let your family/guests top their own pizza pieces as desired.
- A few alternative topping suggestions would be sliced cucumbers, roasted red peppers, feta cheese crumbles, or whatever your favorite hummus companion is!
No matter how you create and slice it, this is one tasty meal and perfect for a hot summer day when you want something light and refreshing, but filling and delicious!
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