The missus is part Hungarian, which makes her the closest thing I have to an expert on the culture and the language. Apparently (and this is news to me), the English word summer comes from two Hungarian words, sumosz meaning “each week” and merrom meaning “we should eat grilled pizza.” Who am I to argue with an expert?
GRILLED PIZZA WITH HAM, GRUYERE, AND SHALLOTS
- 1 pkg pizza dough
- Olive oil
- 1 lb shaved deli ham, chopped roughly
- 4 oz. Gruyere, finely shredded
- 1 shallot, sliced thin
- 6-8 sprigs fresh thyme, chopped rough
- Kosher salt and ground black pepper
Preheat outdoor grill to medium-high heat. Heat some olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add shallots and thyme. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until slightly tender, stirring almost constantly. When done, remove from pan and place in a bowl. Roll out dough to desired thinness. Place dough on grill and cook, covered, until bottom is cooked but not charred. Brush top side with olive oil while cooking. Remove from grill and flip over. Brush cooked side with oil. Sprinkle a thin layer of cheese, then top with all the ham, then with shallot mixture. Finish with the rest of the cheese. Place back on grill, cover, and cook until bottom is done and cheese is completely melted. Remove from grill to cool and slice.
Makes 2-4 servings. Enjoy!