Grilled Peach and Basil Pizza

Grilled Peach and Basil PizzaI’m so lucky to have parents with a gorgeous peach tree only 5 minutes away from me. 

I’ve been given dozens of peaches in the last week or so.  More than I can eat!

Truth is, I think the most delicious way to eat a peach is on its own, straight from the tree if possible!  That said, having an abundance of them this time every year, I love to create with them, too.

Grilling peaches is wonderful, as it adds a subtle smoky, charred flavor, without really cooking them.  And why not add them to pizza?!  I know, great idea!

Both kids and grownups alike with love this pizza!  It could almost double as a dessert.  Well, for the grownups, anyway!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound of your favorite pizza dough (see notes)
  • 1 peach, washed, dried, and cut into about 10 slices
  • 1 1/2 cups loosely packed basil leaves
  • 1/4 pound fresh mozzarella, sliced thinly
  • Olive oil
  • Salt

Preparation

  • Serves 1 to 2
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cooking Time: 20 minutes


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and get either a pizza pan or stone ready to use.

Stretch the dough to about an 8-inch round and place it on the pan or stone. (When I use a pan, I like to lightly coat the bottom with olive oil, about 1 tablespoon — it adds a nice crispness to the crust.)

Gently press a single layer of the basil leaves directly on top of the dough, covering the entire surface.  

Lay the slices of dress Mozzarella over the basil leaves — many of the leaves may bot be covered.

Bake in the preheated 425 degree F oven until the crust is golden brown, about 15 to 20 minutes.

While the crust with the basil and cheese is baking, grill the peaches: 
Preheat an outdoor or a stove top grill and drizzle the peach slices with olive oil.  Once it’s very hot, place the peaches on the grill.  Cook each side for about 1 minute, only long enough to mark them.

Once the crust is finished baking, arrange the grilled peach slices on top of the cheese and serve.

Notes:

If you’re not making your own pizza crust (I know, who has that kind of time?), Trader Joe’s sells a good one in the refrigerated section of the store.