Monday, June 23, 2014

Rustic Grilled Veggie Flatbread

Rustic Grilled Veggie Flatbread - use your grill to make this easy pizza that is perfect for summer | Cooking on the Front Burner #pizza

Grilled pizzas came into my life about 15 years ago.  We were renting a cabin up in northern Minnesota with other friends in a cabin nearby and were taking turns making dinner for our families.  I'm sure I kept my night pretty simple with hamburgers and hot dogs but when is was my friend's turn, she wowed us with grilled pizzas.  I had never heard of making pizzas directly on the grill - I was hooked!  They were delicious and fun to make!  Now this recipe is not the exact one she made though I do make that one at least once a year.  Today's Rustic Grilled Veggie Flatbread is a new recipe that I think you will really like!

I made this pizza as an appetizer for the DIY Guy on Father's Day.  He loved it!

Rustic Grilled Veggie Flatbread

by Deb Attinella
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5-7 minutes
Serves 4
Inspired from Cooking Light

  • 2 portbello mushroom caps
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 1 large red pepper cut into 1/2" strips
  • 1 medium zucchini - 1/2" diagonal cut
  • 1/2 red onion cut into 1/2" wedges
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • Cooking spray
  • 8 oz fresh pizza dough
  • 4 oz shredded Fontina cheese
  • 2 tbls fresh basil leaves sliced
  1. Preheat grill to high
  2. Prep the mushrooms by removing the brown gills from undersides and discard and then cut into 1/2" slices
  3. In a large bowl, combine the mushrooms, red pepper, garlic, zucchini, onion and the oil. Toss then sprinkle with S&P
  4. Use a medium grilling rack, spray lightly and place on grill - cook veggies until tender - about 8-9 minutes
  5. Roll the dough in a 12" oval on a floured board.
  6. Place dough directly on grill and grill for 2-3 minutes on each side until lightly browned.
  7. Remove and sprinkle with the cheese then top the veggies over the cheese.
  8. Grill flatbread about 3 minutes or until cheese melts.
  9. Sprinkle with the chopped fresh basil
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Pizza has to be one of my favorite foods and I'm more of thin crust person (must be the New Yorker in me!)  Preparing pizzas on the grill gives it great taste, texture and turns out nice and crispy.  This pizza was cooked on a gas grill but using charcoal is even better!  You just need to make sure the coals are not too high or too hot.  Grilling the veggies is easy if you use a smaller type grate to place on top of your grill - that way you don't lose any of your veggies down the grill.  And as far as shapes go - well, I tried to make mine into an oval but by the time I got it over to the grill and laid it down, it looked like the state of Wisconsin!  No worries, it still tastes great and who knows, maybe you will like making different shapes out of the dough!

Rustic Grilled Veggie Flatbread | Cooking on the Front Burner #pizza

Toppings can be to your liking too.  If you wanted to use sausage, just precook it.  Below is an example of how I sometimes cook toppings when I make that other pizza.  I'll be back with that recipe soon!

This flatbread recipe is always a hit too!


  1. Deb, I am a totally loving this idea! Such a tasty & healthier alternative to the usual grilled fare. :) Pinned & sharing!

  2. Oh, Deb, you are a lady after my own heart! Flatbread is my favorite and I love all those gorgeous grilled veggies on top. This looks like the perfect summer dinner!

  3. Hi there! I'm stopping by from the Facebook group. This looks amazing! Why have I never thought to grill a pizza?! Haha Happy Monday.

  4. I too love grilled pizza--these look amazing! Wish I had one for lunch today. I'm with you on the 'thin crust', it must be a little crispy. Great recipe.

  5. I just found out about grilled pizza this weekend in a copy of Cuisine magazine. I thought it was a great idea----and here it pops up again on my radar screen. That must mean I need to just Do it.

  6. I love grilled pizza, and this looks just amazing! I actually prefer veggie pizzas to combinations or pepperoni -- they're so much fresher. Best pizza ever, Deb! :) Pinning.

  7. Yes! As soon as my husband and I started grilling pizzas, we were instantly hooked! I mean, we make pizza all winter in the oven, but we really wait until the summer when we can start grilling them again! Totally understand about the Wisconsin-shaped pizza - ours always turn out funny shapes, too. Part of the fun!

  8. You know, I have never made grilled pizza. I so need to get with the program! This looks like the perfect pizza to start with! Pinning!

  9. I forgot about grilled pizza and every loves how nice the crust gets... thanks for reminding me. Great recipe. Pinned.

  10. Oh yum. I love grilled veggies, Deb! This looks great!

    Hope you're enjoying your vacation. :)


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