Wow, that’s a long title–and those aren’t even all the toppings! But for the sake of length, I had to simplify. Here’s the actual pizza title that just wouldn’t seem to fit in the title box:
Grilled bacon, artichoke, arugula with dressing, grape tomatoes, red onion, mozzarella, and goat cheese flatbread pizza.
When I was living in the dorms and even during the year after I moved out, ordering in pizza was a staple for me. “Ordering in” as in I would order an entire pizza, just for myself. Sure, I’d share with whoever was around, but I never thought twice about it even if I knew I’d be the only one to eat it all. I would eat multiple pieces for dinner (preferable sitting on the ground and straight out of the box), then eat it cold the next morning for breakfast and then have a couple more pieces for lunch. Yes, that sounds so ridiculous, and very unhealthy…but it was so satisfying. There’s just something soothing about pizza…
Nowadays, I’ll go out to pizza with my friends but I don’t remember the last time I’ve ordered a pizza all to myself! Maybe that’s a good thing. I have, however, adapted to making my own pizza at home. I feel like this doesn’t make me regress back to my earlier eat-a-whole-pizza-in-less-than-24-hours phase though because the pizzas I make at home tend to be half the size and healthier (well, maybe only sometimes).
Since it’s summer though and scorching hot, most foods just seem too heavy right now. But I want pizza! Resolution: grilled “flatbread” pizza. Ok, it’s kind of cheating when I call it flatbread but to me, it totally works. And it’s so simple! Fresh, light, creamy, and enjoyable anytime of the day.
I bought a pre-made package of pizza dough, some fresh veggies, bacon, cheese, and fired up my grill pan. In about 30 minutes, I was chomping on some delicious grilled flatbread pizza! I wanted it to be extra light so I didn’t use any pizza sauce, although I’m sure it would have tasted very good with pizza sauce (oh, or better yet with some pesto!). I did, however, toss the arugula in some olive oil and balsamic vinegar which was a great addition.
Grilled Flatbread Pizza (makes 2 individual sized flatbread pizzas*)
- 1 16 oz. Package of pre-made pizza dough (I got mine from Trader Joe’s for only $1.29!)
- Handful of grape tomatoes, cut in half
- Artichoke hearts, quartered
- 1/2 Red onion, sliced thinly
- 6 Strips of Applewood smoked bacon, fried extra crispy and crumbled
- 1 Cup of arugula
- 1/2 Cup of mozzarella
- Crumbled goat cheese
- 1 1/2 Teaspoon of olive oil + extra for grilling
- 1 1/2Teaspoon of Balsamic vinaigrette
- Salt and pepper