Here’s a summer appetizer, snack or party food that will make everyone smile. Turn on the grill and add a free form pizza dough with your favorite toppings that will cook in a few minutes.
Grilled Antipasti Pizza Appetizer
I decided to make grilled antipasti pizza this weekend since everyone was looking for snacks. It was a little too early to start dinner – grilled pizza was our appetizer.
Antipasti is the plural for antipasto which is usually a platter of cold foods that is served before the main meal. For my grilled antipasti pizza I used cold foods that are often found on an antipasto platter.
In our family these few items are always in our fridge or pantry – roasted peppers, artichoke hearts, salami, olives and grape tomatoes – the salami and sometimes deli ham are the items we buy when needed. Though someone is always asking for it so we have it often.
The jarred items can be eaten cold. Or add them on the pizza. The melting mozzarella holds everything together. You can also be creative and add your personal favorite pizza toppings. You can also make a sweet pizza for dessert.
I’m already a little tired of having grilled meats and the summer just started. So I’ve been looking for other things to grill. I came up with a grilled antipasti pizza. It was a big hit so I’ve already made it
3 many times. Finally I came up with toppings that everyone liked and heated up nicely on the grill.
The one thing to keep in mind if you grill pizza dough is that the dough will cook in just a few minutes. My first grilled pizza was a bit “crispy” to say the least, but we ate it and enjoyed the crunch.
This first attempt was fun because we didn’t know what to expect but I quickly figured out the key to making a quick and easy grilled pizza.
Grilled Antipasti Pizza Appetizer
Grilled Antipasti Pizza Appetizer is a great snack or appetizer for weekend gatherings. You can make several pizzas on the grill with different toppings. Something for Everyone! TIP: You will need approx. 1 prepared pizza dough for 3-4 people - adjust the toppings needed based on the number of pizzas you will grill.
- prepared pizza dough (you'll need 1 pizza dough for 3-4 people)
- 1 jar of artichoke hearts
- 1/2 cup sliced roasted peppers
- 1/2 cup black olives sliced in half
- 4-6 slices of salami (or ham) sliced into strips
- 1 pkg. shredded mozzarella or 8 oz. mozzarella, sliced
- drizzle of olive oil
- salt & pepper to taste
You can make your own pizza dough Homemade Pizza Dough Easy or use store bought dough. With this homemade dough recipe you can make 2 to 3 medium sized pizzas with assorted toppings. This is a delicious Appetizer for a gathering.
You can buy pizza dough in the supermarket if that is easy for you, but I had time to make dough this week. Here is the Easy Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe I make.
Our family really enjoys pizza. We have pizza any time of the year for lunch, snacks or dinner. It’s quite easy to make and only takes a few minutes to prepare. Just plan ahead to let the dough rise for an hour or two.
Grilling the pizza in summer is a lot of fun. The kids add their favorite toppings, and we often leave off the tomato sauce.
TIPS: The key to a successful grilled pizza (which I’m so guilty of NOT doing) is to have all your toppings ready. I didn’t for my first grilled pizza attempt – I had to dig everything out of the fridge while the dough was on the grill – a No No!. Mis-en-Place is key.
The dough cooks very quickly on the grill, 2-3 minutes (depends on the heat of your grill) so stand over the grill to watch that the dough doesn’t burn. Turn the dough over just when you see the grill marks, do not wait until it is brown. The dough will continue to cook when you add the toppings to heat up and melt the mozzarella.
The total cook time for this grilled antipasti pizza is maybe 7 minutes. Cook time depends on the heat of your grill. Also the thickness or how thin you roll out the dough will determine either a longer or shorter grill time and the crunch factor of the pizza. For a less crunchy crust roll out the dough a little thicker.
The first pizza I put on the grill had a very thin crust. I rolled out the pizza dough a little too thin not realizing that the dough would cook so fast.
Use your favorite toppings and get grilling!