After spending a fun-filled weekend with Heather and our friend Mary-Pat, I was looking for a way to spice up my dinner go-tos. Hanging out with Heather will do that, she is the reason I know how to cook more than box mac and cheese. I was feeling inspired when we went out to a restaurant that served fresh pizzas on flatbread style dough. Heather suggested doing this at home with naan bread, and thus the individual flatbread pizza was born.
1 package of naan bread – use any kind you like as long as it looks sturdy enough to hold fixings.
1 small-medium size package of goat cheese
1 small hunk of Gruyère Cheese (grated)
Half of a pre-cooked ham steak (bacon or prosciutto slices will also worked)
About 10 asparagus spears
Step 1: Preparation
The ham I used was leftover from dinner the night before. You can easily grill the ham steak before you start the pizzas or just use cooked bacon or deli ham slices. Cut the ham into small cubes (about 1/4 inch). It doesn’t have to be perfect, that’s the beauty of a rustic pizza such as this (rustic is my favorite word to use when something doesn’t come out pretty like on the Food Network).
Because the pizzas cook pretty fast on the grill, you need to cook the asparagus a little first. I steamed mine for 6 minutes and then quickly dumped them in a bowl with cold water and ice cubes to stop the cooking. This gives them a nice green color. Then cut them on an angle into 1/2 inch to 1 inch pieces.
Step 2: Grilling
Heat your grill to high and then turn it down to medium. Heat the naan bread on the grill for 2 minutes on each side or until slightly brown. This happens quickly so keep an eye on them.
Once the naan is browned, remove from heat (putting them on a cookie sheet is easiest) and put dollops of goat cheese all over them. Then sprinkle your gruyere generously. keep adding your other fixings in layers on top of the cheese. Put the beautiful creations back on the grill for about 5 minutes to melt the cheese.
Slice into wedges and enjoy!
Hawaiian pizza – use mozzarella cheese and pineapple instead of asparagus.
Margherita pizza – use crushed tomatoes or your favorite sauce, mozzarella and parmesan cheese and basil
Dessert pizza – grilled peaches, honey, and goat cheese