I promised more grilled pizza action in my previous post, so how about a grilled pizza buffet to feast your eyes on? Today I’m sharing the recipe for one of my faves: the Ham, Egg, and Arugula Grilled Pizza. But keep scrolling down for bonus content. I’ve got few more grilled pizza ideas up my sleeve!
But first, why all the pizza? Well, we were celebrating my son’s 5th birthday, and after settling on the party theme, I got a little too excited brainstorming topping combos! As you will soon see, I couldn’t just settle on a couple toppings. But thanks to invitations and décor from Minted, we threw one heck of a delicious and memorable pizza-themed bash.
Back in June, I shared a few of my favorite birthday invites from Minted’s extensive collection of children’s birthday invitations. There were so many themes to choose from, I could have spent the entire day admiring all the the beautiful work. But I finally settled on these adorable pizza party invites.
In addition to the invites, I also picked out a couple items from Minted’s party decoration line. I didn’t see any pizza themed décor, but I did come across this whimsical Happy Birthday balloon banner, which matched the party invitations and color scheme so well, and it provided the perfect main focal point for the party. What I loved the most about this item was the option to personalize it by adding a name and photo. I also purchased some cherry red paper straws to add a nice pop of color to the beverage table.
With the décor in place, we were ready to party! And for me, that meant grilling 10 pizzas in the 90 degree heat! Call me crazy, but I seriously loved every minute of it. Nothing beats preparing delicious food for the ones you love!
I had the love to keep me going while grilling in sauna-like conditions, but another thing that helped? The prep work I did before the party. Here are a few tips to ensure a smooth process once it’s time to grill the pizza. Before the party starts:
1. Prepare the toppings on serving trays. Cut up all the veggies and any meat. Grab the cheese and any sauces. Place each topping in a small bowl. Place all the bowls and sauces on a serving tray. One tray per pizza.
2. Set up a table by the grilling area. Place a small table (like a card table) by the grill to act as a landing spot for the tray, tools, dough, and finished pizzas.
3. Set out your tools. Grab some oil or cooking spray for the grill. Place a wide spatula by the grill. Place a pizza cutter and a pizza paddle (a large baking sheet or cutting board will work too) on the card table.
4. Prepare the dough. Follow the recipe’s instructions for preparing and rolling out the dough. Once it’s rolled out, grab a small handful of cornmeal and spread it out on a pizza paddle (or whichever vessel you’ll use to transport the dough to the grill). The cornmeal layer will prevent the dough from sticking to the surface of the paddle.
By following these 4 steps, you’ll be in good shape once the party begins. And in no time, guests will be enjoying delicious pizza fresh off the grill!
Speaking of fresh grilled pizza, check out all of these delicious pizza topping combos:
Chicken sausage, chopped bell pepper, and baby bellas.
Bacon, scrambled egg, chopped avocado with a drizzle of Sriracha. Seriously, let’s hear it for the Sriracha!
Pesto, tomato, fresh mozzarella, and fresh basil.
And pepperoni for the traditionalists.
Let’s zero in on the Ham, Egg, and Arugula Grilled Pizza.
I’m drooling just thinking about it: Salty ham, creamy and sharp bleu cheese, a drippy egg, spicy arugula, and a drizzle of sweet balsamic vinaigrette.
Are your creative juices flowing? Take these pizza topping ideas and make them your own for your next family meal or summer get together. And while you’re at it, make it a full out pizza party. The pizza theme was perfect for both the kids and adults. The adults feasted on grown-up pizzas while the kids played chef for a couple hours. More to come on the pizza fun for the kids!
Disclosure: Minted provided me with a store credit to purchase the invitations, banner, and straws. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own.
- 10 ounces of your favorite pizza dough, divided or entire recipe for this flatbread dough (prepped, but not cooked), divided
- 1 cup mozzarella, divided
- 1 cup chopped ham, divided
- ¼ cup bleu cheese or Gorgonzola cheese, divided
- 4 fried eggs, divided
- 2 cups arugula, divided
- ¼ cup balsamic vinaigrette (I usedthis recipe), divided
- Prep the dough: Divide your pizza dough into 2 equal portions. Roll out each piece of dough to create a thin crust, measuring about 6 x 10 inches.
- Heat the grill: Heat the grill to medium-high heat (about 375 degrees). Brush the grill surface with oil or grilling nonstick spray.
- Grill the pizza: Transfer the dough to the grill and cook for 2-3 minutes until grill marks appear one side.
- Flip the dough and top the crust with ½ cup of mozzarella cheese, ½ cup of chopped ham, and 2 tablespoons of bleu cheese. Place the 2 fried eggs on opposite corners of the pizza.
- Close the grill and cook the pizza for 3-4 miutes until the cheese is melted.
- Sprinkle 1 cup of arugula over the pizza, and drizzle with 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinaigrette.
- Repeat steps 3-6 for the second pizza.
Nutrition Information (per serving) from Caloriecount.about.com
Calories: 232 Fat: 10.4g Carb: 20.9g Fiber: 0.9g Protein: 13.4g Sugar 3.4g Sodium: 742mg
Weight Watchers Points (calculated on member website)
WW: Points Plus