Does the idea of turning your oven on to make homemade pizzas and flatbreads in the summer make you cringe? Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean you have to forego making homemade pizzas and flatbreads. You can still whip up homemade pizzas and flatbreads by simply using your grill. Grilling pizzas and flatbreads makes for quick and simple summer meals that offer a variety of flavor combinations and endless possibilities.
For this version of summer grilled steak flatbread I used marinated flank steak, Jersey fresh summer vegetables and pre-made pizza dough. While this version is more along the style of a flatbread you could easily modify the ingredients and make it a more of a traditional grilled pizza instead.
To begin, I marinated my flank steak in ShopRite Honey and Hickory BBQ Sauce. I used 1/2 cup of the barbecue sauce and 1/4 cup of olive oil. I added fresh ground pepper and let the steak rest in the marinade for 30 minutes.
I then grilled the steak over very high heat until it was cooked to medium well.
Once the steak was grilled, I sliced it thin along the grain and allowed it to rest while I prepared the rest of my ingredients.
For this summer grilled steak flatbread recipe I opted to use lots of fresh Jersey-grown vegetables. This particular flavor combination called for:
2 ears of cooked corn (stripped of its kernels)
1 large Jersey tomato
1 medium chopped red onion
Handful of chopped, fresh parsley
1 ball of pre made pizza dough
salt and pepper to taste
horseradish sauce (optional)
To successfully build your grilled flatbread (or pizza) you should have all of your ingredients prepared and right next to your grill so as soon as the first side of the dough is cooked you can start building the flatbread/pizza.
Pizza ovens make pizza magic due to their very high temperatures so your grill is a perfect option for pizza and flatbreads. To begin, set your grill as high as possible. Roll and stretch your dough to pizza shape (doesn’t have to be perfect) and brush one side with olive oil. Place olive oil side of pizza dough down directly on the grill. Then brush the top of the dough too with olive (this is for when you flip it). Grill one side of the flatbread/pizza until cooked – for about 3 to 5 minutes, checking often. Flip the dough over with tongs or a large spatula.
Immediately start topping the grilled dough with your toppings – in this instance the tomatoes, corn, onions and grilled steak. Cover and cook until flatbread/pizza looks and smells done. You will want to stay close to the grill as this will happen quickly. You will be able to tell when it is ready once the edges are crisp. Drag the flatbread/pizza off the grill and place on a pizza pan or large cutting board. Spinkle with parsley and salt and pepper to taste.
Cut into rectangle slices and top with optional horseradish sauce (prepared, I bought mine in the deli section).
Grilling pizza/flatbread is a great summer technique. Remember, mix it up by changing up the flavors and combinations. Use the wide variety of Shoprite BBQ sauces to inspire you – maybe an asian inspired pizza using the Asian Szechuan or Red This Chili. The fun is in the creating! Eat and enjoy!
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