Jul 4, 2013

Vegetarian Pizzas with Caramelized Onions, Peppers, and Blue CheeseRecipe by Jamie Purviance

Rating: 5 stars

3 Reviews

Serves: 4 // Prep time: 30 minutes | Grilling time: 4 to 10 minutes

Grocery List

Fresh Produce

  • .25 oz fresh Italian parsley
  • 1 red bell peppers
  • 2 sweet yellow onions, each about 12 oz

Oil and Spices

  • .25 cups extra-virgin olive oil
  • .5 tsp kosher salt


  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar


  • 4 oz blue cheese
  • 8 oz mozzarella cheese


  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 lb premade pizza dough
  • .5 cups walnuts


  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1½ pounds sweet onions, thinly sliced into half-moons
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 large red bell pepper, cut into 2-inch-long thin strips
  • 1 pound premade pizza dough, at room temperature
  • 8 ounces grated mozzarella cheese (2 cups)
  • 4 ounces finely crumbled blue cheese (1 cup)
  • ½ cup walnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped
  • ¼ cup coarsely chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves


  1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, warm 3 tablespoons of the oil. Add the onions and sugar and cook until golden, about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the vinegar and cook for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and stir in the salt. Transfer the onions to a bowl and return the skillet over medium-high heat. Warm 2 teaspoons of the remaining oil and add the bell pepper. Cook until crisp-tender, 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat.

  2. Divide the dough into four equal pieces. Lightly brush four 9-inch squares of parchment paper on one side with oil. Using your fingers, flatten each piece of dough on an oiled square of parchment paper to create four rounds, each 7 to 8 inches in diameter and about ¼ inch thick. Lightly brush the tops of the dough with oil. Allow the dough to stand at room temperature for 10 minutes.

  3. Prepare the grill for direct cooking over medium heat (350°F to 450°F).

  4. Brush the cooking grates clean. Grill the dough, paper side facing up, over direct medium heat, with the lid closed, until it is well marked and firm on the underside, 2 to 5 minutes, rotating as needed for even cooking. Discard the parchment paper. Transfer the crusts to a work surface with the grilled side facing up.

  5. Evenly divide the mozzarella, onions, bell peppers, blue cheese, and walnuts over the crusts. Return the pizzas to the grill and cook over direct medium heat, with the lid closed, until the cheese is melted and the bottom of the crusts are crisp, 2 to 5 minutes, rotating the pizzas occasionally for even cooking. Transfer to a cutting board, sprinkle with parsley, and cut into wedges. Serve warm.

3 Reviews

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Rating: 5 stars

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Rating: 5 stars

Jul 8, 2013

Rob P

Use a Skillet

An even better way to do a pizza on the grill is to use an old standby - a cast iron skillet.
1. Lightly coat the skillet with either lard (preferred) or oil. Remove any excess.
2. Preheat the grill for about 10 minutes.
3. While you're preheating, place the crust in the skillet and add your favorite toppings.
4. Place the skillet on the grill and close the cover and bake.

Caution - the skillet gets really hot, use a couple of hot pads to handle it.

5. After about 7 minutes, open the grill and place the skillet on a shield (I use a a pizza pan (with handles) turned upside down. The main thing is to get the skillet off of direct heat but leave the grill going so it stays hot.
6. Bake for about another 6-7 minutes and then remove.
7. Place the pizza on a cutting board, cut into slices, and enjoy.

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Would you recommend this recipe? YES

Rating: 5 stars

Jun 1, 2014

Edward K

Delicious Pizza

These pizzas are delicious and work well substituting goat cheese for the blue cheese.
We also add a few slices of baby bella mushrooms.

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Would you recommend this recipe? YES

Rating: 5 stars

Jun 8, 2015

Delmar H

Needss Fine Tuning

Followed the recipe to the letter, Put the slices on the paper and placed on grill at 350, temp immediately dropped to 200. Boosted to high-medium to get back to 350, checked after 3 minutes, paper was burnt, removed crust, then added toppings and returned to grill, after 3 minutes, temp at 300, cheese was totally melted and crust was burnt. Next time will cook crust in oven at 400 for 2-3 minutes, remove, slice into quarters then add toppings on place on grill, checking after 2 minutes, Trying to remove paper and build toppings and then return to grill requires multiple work surfaces.

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Would you recommend this recipe? YES

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