Kelly the Culinarian: Cooking with Kelly: $3 Date Night Pizza

Monday, October 18, 2010

Cooking with Kelly: $3 Date Night Pizza

We really enjoy pizza in this household. In fact, my husband has mastered a completely from-scratch deep-dish pizza, complete with cornmeal crust. Yeah, he's a keeper.

But it's a lot of work. Sometimes, we want to take a short cut. We get free bread products through my husband's work, so we enjoy a Boboli pizza pretty frequently. We are also fortunate to have some produce from my humble patio garden. With our free tomatoes and ridiculous amount of Thai basil, I bought a bag of on-sale Italian cheese blend to make a $3 designer pizza.

The method -- heat the grill on high heat. Place the pizza crust face down for three minutes, just long enough to get grill marks. Then, turn down the heat to medium and flip it. I topped mine with the sliced tomatoes, a grind of fresh salt, chiffonade Thai basil and 1.5 cups of shredded cheese. Close the lid of the grill, then wait until the cheese has melted.

In a restaurant, this creation would cost us $10.99. Yay for frugal dinner dates!

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