If you are interested in celebrating Independence Day with food that is red, white, and blue, but you’re not a fan of food dye, this grilled patriotic pizza will be right up your alley. Do check out all the deliciousness we’ve made for you for Progressive Eats. Everything sounds fantastic, as usual!
Full disclosure, this is the first time I have ever grilled pizza, and I think it went quite well. For a first time. I do suggest that, unless you have a gas grill with special zones, put all the coals on one side and grill your pizzas on the other. This prevents Black Bottom Syndrome (what? It’s a thing.) as well as Cursing.
Once I moved the coals over to one side, things went much more smoothly. And the pizza was fantastic, so there’s that. Worth just a bit of cursing, I think.
The Great Thing About Grilled Pizza
The nice thing about grilling pizza is that, since it goes very quickly, you have to have all of your toppings ready to go. For me, that meant I prepped all my ingredients earlier in the day and grilled a few hours later. Once it’s time to grill, each pizza gets a quick grill on one side, then you flip, add the toppings quickly, and put the lid on the grill for 4-5 minutes to cook your pizza through.
Since I’m new to grilled pizza, I used long-handled tongs to move mine a quarter turn every minute or so to keep the side nearest the coals from getting too brown (or black). Total cooking time per pizza? About 6-7 minutes. Nice!
So, What’s On That Guy?
Aside from the obvious patriotic toppings–roasted red pepper (I just bought the kind in a jar and used a cookie cutter to cut a few into star shapes), blue potatoes, and white goat cheese–I added some par-cooked bacon. You could absolutely leave it off, but it does add a nice salty-savory note. I also scattered on just a bit of freshly grated mozzarella, because I like stretchy cheese. Maybe my favorite topping, though, is the “sauce” I made. I had some Balsamic Sweet Onion Jam that I bought at the Bruce Julian store, and the lovely folks from Valley Fig Growers sent me some of their fig jam. I chose their Balsamic Pepper version for the pizza. I just mixed the two jams 50/50, added some olive oil, balsamic, salt, and pepper, and voila: a sweet-savory pizza sauce.
Before we get to the Grilled Patriotic Pizza, let me show you what everyone else has made for our Red, White, and Blue Independence Day celebration for Progressive Eats.
Welcome to Progressive Eats, our virtual version of a Progressive Dinner Party. Our menu this month features a cocktail and dishes perfect for your 4th of July bash! We’ve got a great mix from appetizer to desserts; and yes, we have multiple desserts perfect for this summer holiday! Hosting this month is Barb from Creative Culinary.
If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, a progressive dinner involves going from house to house, enjoying a different course at each location. With Progressive Eats, a theme is chosen each month, members share recipes suitable for a delicious meal or party, and you can hop from blog to blog to check them out.
July 4th Picnic
- Red, White and Blue Pina Colada from Spice Roots
- Grilled Patriotic Pizza from Pastry Chef Online (you’re here!)
- Patriotic Composed Vegetable Salad from Mother Would Know
- Hydrating Fruit Salad from Healthy Delicious
- Dessert Ice Cream Sundaes with Homemade Blueberry Sauce from The Heritage Cook
- Dessert Stars and Stripes Patriotic Berry Pie from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Red, White and Blue Shortcake with Lemon Pound Cake from Creative Culinary
Grilled Patriotic Pizza
Ready to make grilled patriotic pizza with roasted red peppers, blue potatoes, and goat cheese? Of course you are. Let’s get started. Remember, it’s better if you get all your ingredients prepped so you can build your pizza once it’s on the grill.
This grilled pizza celebrates Independence Day with the red of roasted peppers, white of creamy goat cheese, and blue of blue potatoes. Oh, and bacon. Enjoy!
- 24 oz your favorite pizza dough recipe*
- 1/4 cup onion balsamic jam
- 1/4 cup balsamic black pepper fig jam
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar (or vinegar of choice)
- heavy pinch kosher salt
- several grindings black pepper
- 6 oz bacon par-cooked (some of the fat rendered but not crispy)
- 4 oz freshly grated mozzarella cheese
- 5-6 small blue or purple potatoes, washed and sliced about 1/16" thick Boil for 1 minute in well salted water. Drain and run cold water over them to stop the cooking process
- 8 oz fresh goat cheese crumbled
- 8 oz roasted red pepper diced. Use a small star cutter to cut some larger pieces into star shapes
Cut the dough into 4 6oz pieces. Roll each piece into a ball on the counter. Stretch and/or roll the dough into 8" rounds (or round-ish-es)
Brush the less attractive side of each round with olive oil.
Set up a two-zone grilling situation. You'll be grilling on the cooler side.
Place one round of dough, oil-side-down, on the grill. Grill 1-2 minutes, turning the dough 180 degrees halfway through. (I used long-handled tongs for this)
Flip the dough over and brush on some of the fig balsamic sauce.
Top with 1/4 of the bacon, mozzarella, blanched purple potatoes, goat cheese, and roasted red peppers (including 1-2 stars per pizza. No need to get crazy)
Put the lid on the grill and let the pizza cook 4-5 minutes, turning the pizza 90 degrees every minute or so to help it cook evenly. There may be a better way to do this, but I'm telling you how I did it. If you are a pro at grilling pizza, please do what has worked for you in the past.
Serve hot, and enjoy.
*I used the pizza dough recipe from Revolutionary Pizza, which magically makes alomst exactly 24 oz of dough. You can find the recipe here. Note: the dough does not need any help getting charred spots on the hot grill, so leave out the sugar.
And that’s it, friends. Thanks so much for spending some time with me and the Progressive Eats bloggers! Take care, enjoy the grilled patriotic pizza, and have a lovely day.