Grilled Avocado Pizza

Grilled Avocado Pizza
Staff Writer

Laura Padgett

Hearty, filling, and fun to make, this grilled pizza recipe from RIS in Washington, DC is perfect for summer. Bright flavors like seasonal tomatoes, ripe avocados, and a sprinkling of feta cheese make this an easy and fresh way to transform your next meal and utilize your grill. 

6
Servings
529
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Notes

Note:  The dough is best when made just before grilling, but it can easily be made the night before or frozen for later use.  Follow all steps through the first rise. Measure out the finished dough into 3-ounce portions after the first rise.  Form the dough into balls and wrap them well with plastic before freezing. 

When ready to use the dough, let it come to room temperature by removing the plastic and setting the dough in a lightly oiled bowl covered with a damp towel. Allow it to rise for 1 ½ - 2 hours before shaping it into pizza rounds, then continue with the rest of the preparation.

 

 

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Ingredients

For the dough

  • 2 1/2  Teaspoons  dry yeast
  • 1  Cup  warm water
  • Pinch of  sugar
  • 2 1/4  Teaspoons  kosher salt
  • 1/4  Cup  finely ground white cornmeal
  • 3  Tablespoons  wheat flour
  • 1  Tablespoon  olive oil
  • 2  Cups  all-purpose flour

For the pizza

  • 4  Tablespoons  extra-virgin olive oil
  • large garlic clove
  • 3/4  Cups  plain yogurt
  • 1 1/2  Cup  grilled onion jam
  • ripe avocados, chunky dice
  • 18-24  cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 6-8  Ounces  feta cheese
  • limes
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Extra virgin olive oil, to finish
  • Fresh parsley, for garnish

Directions

For the dough

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook, dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Let this sit until it bubbles. Then add the sugar, salt, cornmeal, wheat flour, and olive oil, and mix at medium speed until all ingredients are combined. 

In batches, add the all-purpose flour and mix the ingredients until a soft dough forms. Turn the dough into a lightly oiled bowl, cover it with a damp towel, and let it rise for 1½ hours until the dough has doubled in volume. Once the dough has risen, punch and knead it a few times. Then return the dough to bowl and let it rise again for another 40 minutes. 

Once it has fully risen, turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and cut it into 3-ounce portions (roughly the size of a tennis ball). Set these aside to rest on a lightly oiled sheet pan for 5-10 minutes before shaping them into pizza rounds.

Using a light dusting of flour, shape each ball into a 6- to 8-inch round and place each one in between sheets of oiled parchment paper or foil. Let the rounds rise again for another 5 minutes before grilling. 

On a lightly oiled grill over medium heat, grill each pizza for 2-3 minutes on each side until the dough is firm and crisp.

Top immediately with pizza toppings.

For the pizza

While the dough is rising, place the sliced onions in a bowl and dress them with the olive oil, cider vinegar, salt, and pepper. Do not let the onion rings separate.  

On medium-low heat, grill the onions for 5-8 minutes on each side until each is well colored and cooked through. Return the onions to a bowl to sit in the reserved dressing. Once cooled, mince the onions and season them if needed, then set these aside for the time being. 

In a medium-sized bowl, combine extra-virgin olive oil and garlic and set aside. 

Prepare the avocados by cutting them in half lengthwise and removing the pit. With each half still in the skin, hold it in the palm of your hand and carefully cross cut the avocado with a paring knife. Leave the cut avocado in the skin. Place the 2 halves back together to prevent discoloration until you are ready to use them. 

To top the pizzas, brush the freshly grilled pizza dough with the garlic oil, then spread a layer of yogurt, and then a layer of onion jam. Scoop the cross-cut avocado from the skin and sprinkle about 1/3 of it onto each pizza. Distribute the tomato halves evenly and add a crumbling of feta cheese to taste. Sprinkle each pizza with lime juice and season with salt and pepper. Finish each pizza with a drizzle of olive oil and garnish them with fresh parsley. 

Cut each pizza into 4 slices and serve.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
24g
34%
Sugar
9g
10%
Saturated Fat
3g
13%
Cholesterol
21mg
7%
Carbohydrate, by difference
62g
48%
Protein
18g
39%
Vitamin A, RAE
49µg
7%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
1mg
1%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
11µg
12%
Calcium, Ca
206mg
21%
Choline, total
18mg
4%
Fiber, total dietary
4g
16%
Folate, total
150µg
38%
Iron, Fe
5mg
28%
Magnesium, Mg
63mg
20%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
6mg
43%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
295mg
42%
Selenium, Se
26µg
47%
Sodium, Na
700mg
47%
Thiamin
1mg
91%
Water
129g
5%
Zinc, Zn
2mg
25%

Grill Shopping Tip

Think twice before buying a thicker piece of meat; a 2-inch thick steak takes four times (not twice) as long as 1-inch thick steak to cook.

Grill Cooking Tip

If you're cooking something that's been marinated, make sure to pat the item dry before it hits the grill. Any sugar in the marinade will burn.