5 from 8 votes
Zucchini blossom pistachio pesto pizza
Grilled zucchini blossom pistachio pesto pizza
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Resting time
1 hr 5 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

This grilled pizza is pesto based, topped with mozzarella, creamy burrata, bits of pancetta, and held together by a crispy, chewy crust.

Course: Entree
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: Grilling, Pizza
Servings: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 8 oz pizza dough
  • 1/3 cup pistachio pesto
  • 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 4 oz burrata, cut into small pieces
  • 6-8 zucchini blossoms
  • 2 oz pancetta, cut into small pieces
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Chive blossoms for serving
  • Black truffle oil for drizzling
Pizza dough
  • 1 cup “00” flour
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup water, lukewarm
  • 1 tsp yeast
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil and extra for greasing
  • 1/2 tsp salt
Pistachio pesto
  • 2 cups basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup pistachios, Wonderful Pistachios roasted and salted
  • 2 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsps freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
Instructions
  1. To make the pizza dough, in a small bowl, mix the lukewarm water, yeast, and sugar until well combined. Leave in a warm place for 5 minutes or until frothy. Stir in the olive oil.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flours and salt. 

  3. Pour the yeast mixture over the dry ingredients and use your hands to bring the mixture together to form a dough.

  4. In an electric mixture with the dough hook attachment, add the dough and mix for about five minutes on slow speed until everything is just incorporated.

  5. Lightly grease the inside of a clean dry bowl with olive oil and place the dough inside.

  6. Place a tea towel over the dough and leave in a warm place for 60 minutes until the dough double in size. This will give the gluten structure and strength and the dough will become elastic.

  7. When ready to make the pizza, set up the grill by placing coals on one side and lighting them. Rake the coals to create a flat even bed to create an even steady heat zone. Let the temperature reach to 475-500 degrees F. Place the pizza stone on the grill and let it heat up.

  8. While the grill is warming up, prepare the pizza. Dust a clean work surface lightly with semolina flour. Use your fist to knock the dough back with one good punch to let any air out.

  9. Divide the dough in half. Roll out the dough to a 12x8 inch oval with ⅛ inch thick.  Save the extra dough for another pizza.

  10. Transfer the pizza base onto a piece of baking paper so transferring the assembled pizza to the heated stone will be easier.

  11. Prick the pizza base all over with a fork.

  12. Spread the pesto over the pizza base, leaving a ½ inch border. Sprinkle the mozzarella over the pesto.

  13. Add the zucchini blossoms, pancetta, and cut burrata pieces. Sprinkle with sea salt and freshly ground pepper.

  14. Transfer the pizza onto the heated pizza stone. Cook the pizza on the grill for 7-10 minutes or until golden and crisp.

  15. Use a pizza paddle, carefully transfer the pizza to a serving plate. Drizzle with a few drops of truffle oil and garnish with chive blossoms. Serve immediately.