Pizza on the grill is my number one way to entertain outdoors. Just ask any of my friends and neighbors, and they'll tell you there is always a fresh pie on the grates. I love creating new flavors using up the last of my farmers market finds, and cherry tomato, corn, and goat cheese pizza is one of the best. This grilled pizza showcases some of my favorite summer ingredients, and the glorious taste of that summer goodness will please your dinner guests completely.
Pizza has always been my favorite food, and my fiancé and I have been perfecting our pizza-cooking craft for what seems like decades now. From the all out crazy (Spaghetti-Os and meatballs pizza, anyone?) to the plain and simple, we really have tried them all.
One thing I have learned when it comes to making them from scratch is that less is definitely more. Now is not the time to pile a volcano of flavors on top of the dough — it's 100% guaranteed to erupt all over the stone, grill, and grates. (I'm looking at you, Drew!) Just a thin layer of sauce and two, maybe three, quality toppings are all you need. And while in the winter I crave hearty, meat-centric pies, summer is all about showcasing the freshest of veggie options.
I've played around with lots of seasonal summer ingredients over the years, but I can't think of anything better than a cherry tomato, corn, and goat cheese combo. It is one of the warm weather pizzas I turn to again and again. All of the flavors simply come together perfectly with each individual burst of tart and sweet and tangy, creating, to me at least, the ultimate al fresco treat!
The recipe is practically a non-recipe. Add the ingredients to taste, but not too much! You want each and every flavor to shine. Cut it up in pieces to serve as an easy appetizer, or make a couple of individual rounds to act as a simple (yet filling) dinner. A crisp rosé is not required but definitely doesn't hurt — just don't forget to raise your glass to another wonderful summer.
Cherry Tomato, Corn, and Goat Cheese Pizza
(Images: Nealey Dozier)