What is the Fourth without fireworks! Well honestly, I can do without the fireworks. I was always the kid hiding under a blanket covering my ears during the fireworks show. Times still haven’t changed. I still do not like fireworks. I’d rather go home and sit with my dog and strap an anxiety blanket around us, than go see fireworks. But I hang in there for my kids.
As with fireworks, BBQing is essential on the Fourth. But that doesn’t mean you have to grill animal protein or even veggie burgers. So many vegetables, fruits, and tofu can be thrown onto the grill. One of my favorite easy dishes that I like to make on the BBQ is pizza. Pizza you say? A BBQ is the PERFECT pizza oven during the summer. It easily heats above 400F and won’t turn your house into a sweat box. The trick to a good pizza is making sure you bake it at a high temperature in order to crisp the dough on the outside, leaving it tender on the inside.
Pizza stone vs. the grill?
Either method will work. If you are using a stone, it’s important to preheat the stone on your BBQ. The hot stone is what makes the dough crispy. If you don’t have a stone, don’t run out to buy one right away. Try using your grill. Trust me. Heat your BBQ and toss your dough onto the hot grill. When your dough is baked, you can take it right off using a metal spatula. It really works!
Try this easy Cucumber Hummus Pizza that I love to make during the summer. It has the nice contrast of hot pizza dough with cold, crisp vegetables on top. If you don’t want to make your own dough, no big deal. Most grocery stores sell pre-made doughs. Have a safe and happy Fourth!
- Pizza dough
- ½ tablespoon yeast
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 ¼ cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- ½ cup semolina
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 oz olive oil
- Cucumber Hummus Topping
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, diced
- 2 tomatoes, chopped
- ¼ cup parsley, chopped
- ½ cup hummus
- salt and pepper to taste
- Dissolve sugar and yeast in warm water. Let stand until foamy.
- Add flours and salt to the mixer fixed with a dough hook.
- While mixing, add olive oil and yeast mixture. Mix until the dough forms into a ball.
- Transfer the dough to an oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrap or a damp cloth and let rest until doubled in size.
- Roll out the dough onto a surface sprinkled with cornmeal.
- Place dough onto a hot pizza stone or grill. Brush with olive oil and season with a little salt. You can skip this step if you are cutting corners with calories.
- Bake for 5-8 minutes until dough begins to bubble and brown on the edges.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the balsamic vinegar and olive oil and set aside.
- In a medium size bowl, toss together the vegetables with the vinaigrette. Season with salt and pepper.
- Store in the refrigerator to stay cold.
- Spread cold hummus onto the hot baked dough.
- Spoon the vegetables onto the hummus. Serve hot.