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It’s time to get those grills hot because Fourth of July is right around the corner! This year try something out of the ordinary to impress your guests. Nothing gets the party started quite like a grilled pizza. Grilling your pizza will create a beautiful rustic appearance and the flavors will be unlike any oven baked pizza.

Having a pizza topping station will have your guests engaged and able to make their own creation. Russo’s has an extensive deli section filled with plenty of options for pizza toppings. But fear not, if you need some ideas, we have four flavorful and easy to make pizzas. These creations will definitely please every palate at your gathering. For the breakfast lovers, we have But First, Brunch, this is a breakfast style creation topped with fresh eggs. Your guests with a sweet and salty preference will love Wine Country, which is a pizza topped with blistered grapes, prosciutto, and finished with a honey drizzle. There is not one person at your grill out that can resist The Classic, which is topped with plenty of Russo’s Italian sausage and pesto. Last but certainly not least, we have The Mediterranean. This pizza is filled with delicious Mediterranean flavors that are fresh and flavorful. This recipe is also vegetarian friendly!  

All pizzas were made on a gas grill preheated to 500 degrees. A pizza stone was placed on the grill to preheat for approximately 10 minutes. It is important to use metal utensils for transferring the pizza, as plastic will melt on the grill.

Happy Fourth of July!

But First, Brunch

Makes 1 10” pizza

Ingredients:

  • ½ thawed Russo’s pizza dough ball
  • ½ cup peeled tomatoes, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese
  • 2 large eggs
  • sliced scallions for garnish

Preparation:

  1. Place stretched out dough on a pizza stone, cook 1 minute with the lid closed.
  2. Add crushed peeled tomatoes to dough and sprinkle red pepper flakes on top of the sauce.
  3. Top with mozzarella and crack 2 eggs on top of the pizza.
  4. Close lid and cook approximately 5-7 minutes. The pizza is done when crust is brown, cheese is melted, and egg whites are set.
  5. Remove from grill and garnish with sliced scallions.

Wine Country

Makes 1 10” pizza

Ingredients:

  • ½ thawed Russo’s pizza dough ball
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup gorgonzola cheese
  • 5-6 slices of prosciutto
  • ½ cup red and black grapes
  • drizzle of honey to taste
  • parsley for garnish (optional)

Preparation:

  1. Place stretched out dough on a pizza stone, cook 1 minute with lid closed.
  2. Brush olive oil onto the dough.
  3. Top oiled dough with mozzarella and gorgonzola.
  4. Top cheese with prosciutto and grapes.
  5. Close lid and cook approximately 5-7 minutes. The pizza is done when crust is brown, cheese is melted, and grapes have blistered open.
  6. Remove from grill and drizzle with honey and parsley.

The Classic

Makes 1 10” pizza

Ingredients:

  • ½ thawed Russo’s pizza dough ball
  • 1/3 cup peeled tomatoes, crushed
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese
  • 6oz Russo’s Italian sausage (precook first before using)
  • 2 tablespoons Russo’s homemade pesto

Preparation:

  1. Place stretched out dough on a pizza stone, cook 1 minute with lid closed.
  2. Add crushed peeled tomatoes to dough.
  3. Add mozzarella cheese on the top of the sauce then add cooked Italian sausage.
  4. Close lid and cook approximately 5-7 minutes. The pizza is done when crust is brown and the cheese is melted.
  5. Remove from grill and drizzle with pesto.

The Mediterranean (Vegetarian)

Makes 1 10” pizza

Ingredients:

  • ½ thawed Russo’s pizza dough ball
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/3 cup peeled tomatoes, crushed
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup feta
  • 1/3 cup canned artichokes
  • 1/3 cup assorted olives
  • fresh dill for garnish
  • lemon zest

Preparation:

  1. Place stretched out dough on a pizza stone, cook 1 minute with lid closed.
  2. Top dough with olive oil.
  3. Add crushed tomatoes then top with mozzarella cheese.
  4. Top with artichokes, olives, and then feta.
  5. Close lid and cook approximately 5-7 minutes. The pizza is done when crust is brown and cheese is melted.
  6. Remove from grill and garnish with fresh dill and lemon zest.