This awesome recipe for Grilled Pizzas with Corn + Prosciutto is a white pizza recipe that pairs sweet summer corn with salty prosciutto, creamy mozzarella and finished with fresh tarragon. Makes a lovely summer dinner!
Oh, hey there! Hello! Buon Giorno! Ciao! Remember me? I'm that girl who promised to post recipes and photos twice a week while away in Italy, but instead left you all with radio silence for two solid weeks. Yeah. Sorry about that, y'all.
You see, I had the best of intentions to keep up with my regular posts while gone. I really did! I thought it would be no problem to sift through photos and tinker with recipes during any downtime. The problem was, we didn't really have any down time. My plans were further foiled when I realized looking at a computer screen on a train made me feel like I was going to barf. A few days in, I realized it just wasn't going to happen, so I accepted it and moved on. Lesson learned: when in Italy, just be in Italy. Don't worry so much about getting things done. That's not why you're there.
So, here we are. I'm back! Bright eyed, bushy tailed (as of 4am this morning - jet lag is real you guys!), inspired and ready to take on the world. Vacations are obviously great for rest, relaxation and seeing new places, but one of their less-talked-about benefits is how much they make you appreciate life at home. Italy was beyond amazing, but it feels really good to be back. I missed sleeping in my own bed, tending to my horrendously overgrown garden, and most importantly, being in my kitchen!
This is a recipe I started working on before we left for our trip, and was hoping to gain a bit more insight while there (I didn't). It's good. Really good! But it needs improvement. Not in the flavors - those are all super spot on. It's the technique I've been struggling to perfect.
Proscuitto, in addition to fresh, sweet corn, is the shining star of these little za's. I'm lucky that where I live we have access to the really good stuff: Jersey Fresh sweet white corn, freshly made mozzarella and salty imported prosciutto. Because we're working with such simple ingredients here, it really does matter that you use the best possible quality you can find. My food philosophy has always revolved around using great ingredients and not overcomplicating things, and my trip to Italy has only strengthened that belief. The food there is dead simple, but the quality of ingredients and the attention to good technique are what make it so special.
Now here's where I need your help: I'm stuck on this whole grilled pizza thing. I just can't seem to get it right! The problem is that the bottom dough cooks way before the top does, resulting in a burnt bottom and a doughy top, with barely melted cheese. I've tried the following methods with mediocre success at best:
Topping the dough and sliding it directly on to the grates (best results thus far).
Topping the dough and sliding it on to a pizza stone that's been preheated on the grates.
Sliding the bare dough directly on to the grates, flipping it, then topping.
Though still really good, none of these methods have resulted in an ideal final product. I'm a perfectionist at heart, and perfect pizza is something everyone should experience in their lifetime. Luckily, this pizza doesn't need to be grilled at all, but it was 80 degrees outside when I developed this recipe, and there was no way in hell I was about to turn on the oven. At the end of the day, even bad pizza is still pretty damn satisfying, and this pizza is a far cry from bad.
Do you have any pizza grilling advice for me? I'd love to hear it! And I'm sure you're itching to hear all about my travels, so I'll be posting extra this week to make up for my lack of blogging during the trip. I can't wait to tell you all about the beautiful cities we visited, and of course, all the incredible food we stuffed into our bellies.
Now, I'm off to go join the gym and stock the fridge with vegetables. Pasta and gelato twice a day for two weeks is a solid method for no longer being able to fit into your jeans. 😉