Can’t stand the heat? Get out of the kitchen!
You know when it’s hot and you just can’t bring yourself to stand in the kitchen or spend hours watching over the grill — let’s be honest, I wouldn’t spend hours standing over the grill no matter what the weather, and my tendency to forget that I started it in the first place is why I usually leave this particular task to the other half — either way, I created this quick recipe to get three easy summertime meals out of one prep time. And I still get a little help handling the grill, it’s a win-win.
I love pizza in all its many variations — only pepperoni served cold will do for breakfast — and I like to experiment with different combinations. The other night chicken and mediterranean antipasto made a winning pair, as did shredded pork with caramelized red onions and fig. Indescribably delicious and the hint of smoke from the grill was the perfect complement.
To get three meals out of my ingredient list, I threw half the diced chicken and antipasto veggies on a bed of romaine with a little feta and sliced red onion, dinner number one, done! Prepared pulled barbecue pork from the deli section of the grocery store, half went on toasted rolls topped with coleslaw and crispy fried onions and voila, dinner number two is ready in no time! With all the yummy leftovers, I had everything ready to put my pizzas together. Staples already on hand: fig preserves red onion olive oil From meal’s one and two: diced cooked chicken antipasto pulled barbecue pork Extras: Naan or flatbread, or precooked pizza shell shredded mozzarella Pre-heat charcoal or propane grill so grill will hold temperature of at least 250 degrees. Brush flatbread or pizza shell with olive oil both sides. For the mediterranean pizza layer mozzarella, chicken and vegetables. For the barbecue pork pizza skip the olive oil on the top side, instead spread a layer of fig preserves on the crust. Top with mozzarella, pork and caramelized onions. Cook over indirect heat until cheese is melted.
A fresh brewed glass of iced tea or lemonade with a sprig of mint is the only accompaniment these meals need, or if you have the time, a chilled glass of wine. Mmm, I love it when things come together this easily. If only the rest of life could do the same. Go with grace.