Empty Out The Icebox BBQ Pizza

I didn’t try this recipe until last summer.  I just skipped over it because I thought I had to put BBQ sauce on my pizza, in my opinion BBQ sauce does not belong on a pizza.  Eventually, I read the ingredients and there is no BBQ sauce on the pizza.  The title means you are barbecuing the pizza.  I don’t have a barbecue, which I believe is cooking with wood or possibly charcoal.  I have a grill and I use propane or natural gas, so technically this recipe should be called:

Empty Out The Icebox Grilled Pizza

1 lb. ready-made pizza dough, at room temperature
2 tablespoons olive oil
½ lb. cooked sausage, cut into ½-inch pieces (optional)
1 cup assorted grilled vegetables (peppers, onions, zucchini, mushrooms)
6 oz. shredded Colby jack Cheese
1 teaspoon basil
¼ teaspoon dry red pepper flakes
1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Oil grill racks.
2. Roll out dough to a 12″x15″ rectangle. Brush top with olive oil. Place dough, oil side down, on grill rack. Cover and grill about 3 minutes, or until the bottom is lightly browned. Punch down air bubbles, if needed.
3. Brush top with olive oil and turn over.
4. Immediately top evenly with sausage, veggies, cheese, basil and pepper flakes. Cover and cook 3 minutes or until cheese is melted.

**When we are entertaining for a grill out, I sauté the veggies and cook the sausage in the morning before the event and put them in the fridge in separate containers. When it is time to make the pizzas I pull out the bowls bring them to the grill and the cook can make several different pizzas according to the wishes of the guests.  This is especially nice when entertaining vegetarians and the sausage can be omitted on some of the pizzas.

From: “Marlboro Cook Like A Man Cookbook”, In the back of the book, there are names of those who contributed to the cookbook but the names are not directly linked to the recipes. 2004 Philip Morris.

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