One of my favorite meals to make at home in the city is pizza.  You get to personalize to your taste, devour a small pizza all to yourself, and rationalize the idea that it is ALMOST guilt-free because you know exactly what it is comprised of.  Pizza is obviously amazing, but often-times if I have a slice or three from the local pizza joint, I feel so sick after.  Grease is not my friend (sad, I know).  So, with these pizzas, you can opt for a whole-grain crust and pile on toppings to your heart’s desire.  This is Homemade Pizzas, For the Win.

Since I knew that my family was going to be exhausted from working a wedding, I threw in the idea of grilling some simple pizzas for Sunday dinner.  Everyone was on board, and although we have grilled pizzas plenty of times, this was the first time dinner was left solely up to me! I chopped, took some pizza orders, and got to grilling.  I must say, these were AMAZING! Chef Flav, comin at ya.

A little trick for personalized pizzas is to use Naan for your crust.  It is the perfect texture, extremely doughy, and already pizza shaped!  We got an assortment of whole grain & garlic.

On the menu:

Spinach, Portabella Mushroom, Mozzarella

Fig, Proscuitto, Blue & Goat Cheese

Pepperoni, Speck, Mozzarella & Parmesan

And for Brenner (the 12 year old of the bunch), we’ve got that nice simple pie on the grill there; sauce & cheese.  To the point, and delicious.

We like a crispier crust, so I grilled on medium heat for 4-5 minutes.  Seriously, it was that quick.  Just eye-ball until the cheese is melted if that’s easier for you.  For a less crispy crust, keep on low heat and let the pizzas sit for 8-10 minutes.  Top with crushed red pepper, and these babies are all set to go.  10 people, 12 pizzas.  Boom.

I ate 2.5 of these pizzas to myself.  I wish I was kidding, but I’m not.  GIRL CAN EAT.  They were just so damn delicious.  And although I lapsed into the usual food coma, even looking at these pictures makes me crave them again.

Figs on the grill are so sweet – that combined with some melted blue & gorgonzola cheese with prosciutto makes for the perfect sweet and savory pie.

And although my food coma was in f-u-l-l swing, dessert is always necessary when it comes to Sunday dinner.  Angel food cake with whipped cream, blueberries & strawberries. and a s’more.  Always say yes to s’mores.

Of course, as with everything, I like my s’more on the well-done side, as in burnt and gooey marshmallow with even gooier chocolate.  Anyone else think of the Sandlot every time they have a s’more?

Chloe (the sister that actually cooks) made a zucchini crust in lieu of a typical pizza crust, and I had some of this as well! It was delicious and a great alternative.  I don’t have a recipe on that though, so I will have to get it from her!

Labor Day Weekend is the perfect opportunity to throw some pizzas into your usual BBQ grilling routine! I promise you and your guests will not be disappointed!

Have a great Tuesday.

Ava