I can only count a few things that are as delicious as a well-made pizza. With melty cheese, crispy yet chewy crust and fresh toppings, I could absolutely 100-percent-without-a-doubt eat pizza every single day.
When summer comes around though, the last thing I want to do is spend any measure of time next to a 450° F (or hotter!) oven. I mean, I love pizza, but spending two hours after dinner trying to cool your house back down to tolerable living temperatures is not what you want to be doing in a grilled pizza induced coma.
So until I get my own brick pizza oven, that’s where the grill comes in, for grilled avocado pizza.
This Grilled Avocado Pizza recipe, originally a winner from our 2013 All American Recipe Contest, calls for readily available ingredients like store bought pizza crust, tomato sauce, olive oil, white cheddar cheese, red onion, tomato, bacon and avocado, but you can certainly customize the recipe to make whatever kind of pizza you want. I often substitute flatbread or naan bread in for the crust with excellent results, and your favorite pasta sauce or pesto will certainly work as well.
AVOCADO ON PIZZA
Let’s talk a minute about adding avocados to pizza and eating warm avocado. I hear it a lot on Twitter and especially, for some reason, on Facebook, but do not be afraid of warm avocado. A warm slice of avocado is so creamy and delicious that you’ll wonder why you waited so long to try it. It’s seriously like butter. Except it grew on a tree… and it’s green. And when you add it to a pizza with all of that melty cheese? Fah’get about it! The creaminess is unbelievable.
HOW TO GRILL PIZZA ON THE BBQ
In this recipe, all of our ingredients are cooked except the bacon, so we’re really just warming and getting the nice grill flavor by using the grill. With that said, pre-cook your bacon (or chicken or other meat if you prefer) and then go out and set your grill to medium while you chop up your onion and tomato. If you’re cooking over charcoal, get your coals hot and spread them out around the outside of the grill and cook over indirect heat. Once the grill is warmed up and you have cleaned the grate (you did clean it, right?) you’re ready to go.
All of the assembly should take place on a cutting or other kitchen board that is large enough to hold a pizza or two, I’ll explain why in a bit. Start by spreading olive oil on both sides of the pizza crust with a brush. Spread the pizza (or pasta) sauce on the crust. I like to use a spoon because of its rounded bottom and its scooping abilities so I can add or remove sauce as needed while spreading the sauce around.
Layer on all of the ingredients over the sauce, except the avocado, with the cheese on top. Once all of your ingredients and cheese are on your pizza, add the avocado slices or dices on top and gently slide your pizza onto the grill from your cutting board. The cutting board makes this transfer really easy.
Heat until the cheese is melted and grill marks appear on the bottom of the crust – about 7-8 minutes in a covered BBQ.
If it’s your first time grilling a pizza, you may feel the need to keep checking on the bottom of your pizza to make sure it’s not burning. That’s fine, I actually recommend doing that at first. After a couple of grilled pizzas you will get the hang of it, and definitely dial in the temperatures to your liking.
Afterwards, use the cutting board to transfer your pizza back off of the grill and top with avocado slices.
Slice and serve immediately.
If you’re not fully comfortable with the grill, then grilling pizza may seem like a daunting and risky task. I assure you that it isn’t, and it’s actually quite fun! I’ve had parties dedicated to grilling pizzas. You can cycle them in and out of the grill and keep everyone happy and fed. Tell your friends or family to bring over ingredients so that everyone gets their own personalized pizza.
If you’re really into experimenting, you must try my dairy-free Pesto Avocado Pizza. Making pesto is easy but store bought pesto works just as well. Spread your pesto as described above, add the avocado slices and grill for 7-8 minutes. Delicious!
GRILLED AVOCADO PIZZA
Preparation: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes
This Grilled All American Avocado Pizza features fresh California avocado, smoked applewood bacon, juicy tomatoes, red onion and white cheddar cheese. It is deliciously All American and perfect for a 4th of July cookout!
2 mini pizza crusts, 6-inch size
2 tsp olive oil
4 tbsp tomato sauce
1 1/2 cups shredded white cheddar cheese
1 fresh California avocado, medium size, seeded and peeled
3 slices thick cut smoked applewood bacon, cooked until crispy and crumbled
1 plum tomato, sliced thinly crosswise
a few thin slices of red onion
Heat grill on medium.
Spread olive oil on pizza crusts, followed by tomato sauce. Sprinkle half the cheese over the crusts.
Divide avocado in half. Dice one half and layer onto pizzas, along with bacon, tomato and red onion. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
Place pizzas on grill. Let grill until cheese is all melted and brown grill marks appear on underside of crusts, about 8 minutes. Remove from grill and slice.
Slice remaining avocado and place a piece on each pizza slice. Serve immediately.