Tag Archive for Pizza

Grilled Main Courses

Grilled chicken

Grilled main courses used to be something that I had only on the weekends when my husband was home to cook them. I was tired of always cleaning the kitchen after using the stove or oven to prepare dinner so I decided to “man up” and learn how to grill. I will say that it was one of the best things that I ever did in my cooking adventures. Not only is there less mess in the kitchen (I think I’ve said that lots this week), but grilled meat is typically healthier since there is less oil or butter used! For those you who have never grilled…give it a try. Just once!! It could change the way you eat and cook forever!!!


Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs

Mustard Grilled Chicken

Grilled Chicken Wrapped in Bacon and Rosemary

Beer Can Chicken

Ranch Grilled Chicken

Grilled Chicken in Garlic and White Wine Sauce

Grilled Chicken with Tzatziki Sauce 


Pork Tenderloin

Honey Garlic Pork Chops

Bone in BBQ Pork Chops


Pork Chops with Brown Sugar Glaze


Beef Tenderloin

Blackened Steak Salad

Flank Steak with Lime, Honey and Garlic

Gourmet Burger Bar

Tri Tip Steak

Filet Mignon Stuffed with Spinach and Manchego


Spicy Grilled Shrimp



Lamb Chops with Garlic and Rosemary

Turkey Breast with Garlic and Lemon








Grilled Naan Pizzas

Pizza with Naan Crust

A few months ago, I did a post on homemade grilled pizza. Well, for anyone looking for a delicious shortcut, I just found it!! Grilled Naan Pizzas!!! I found the Naan at Costco, but I have seen it in my local grocery store as well. From start to finish, everything was done in less than 20 minutes! It really could not be easier…or more delicious!

Level of Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: Prep Time – 5 min; Cook Time – 10-15 min.


1 Piece of Naan per person

1/4 c. olive oil

For Pepperoni Pizza

1/4 c. pizza sauce

1/2 c. shredded mozzarella

pepperoni slices

For Vegetarian Pizza

1/4 c. pizza sauce

1/2 c. feta cheese

fresh baby spinach leaves

baby artichoke hearts, quartered

kalamata olives

Special Equipment and Other Items Needed:


Pastry Bush

Preparing Grilled Naan Pizzas:

Preheat the grill to medium. Brush each piece of naan with olive oil. Grill for 2 minutes per side. Remove from grill. Add toppings of your choice to your naan. Return to grill. Cook for 5-10 minutes, or until cheese is melted and is hot. Slice and enjoy!

Grilled Naan Pizza


Put any toppings you want on your pizza! You can’t mess it up!

Pizza with Naan Crust

Stromboli as an Appetizer or a Meal


Stromboli’s are awesome. Fun to make. Easy to eat. Perfect to customize. Versatile enough as a fun appetizer or as a meal. Kids love them and adults do too! My mom taught me to make these many years ago. Next time you want to make a pizza, try making a Stromboli instead.

Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Time Required: Prep Time – 30min; Cook Time – 30 min


1 package of pizza dough per Stromboli (yes, buy the pre-made dough from Publix, it’s the best)

Pesto, Spinach and Chicken Stromboli

4 oz of freshly made pesto (if you don’t have the time to make it, the pesto sauces in the refrigerated section of the grocery store are generally pretty good)

2 handfuls* of shredded mozzarella cheese

Chopped cooked chicken (yet another recipe for leftover poached chicken or any leftover chicken in the fridge)

2 handfuls* of fresh spinach

* handfuls is a technical measurement 😉

Marinara, Tomato and Pepperoni Stromboli

4 oz marinara or pizza sauce

2 handfuls of shredded mozzarella cheese


Chopped fresh tomatoes

Special Equipment and Other Items Needed:

Rolling pin
Parchment Paper

How to Make a Stromboli:

First, you need some great helpers!


Best Kitchen Helpers!

Spread a few tablespoons of flour onto your counter top and place the dough on top. Gently kneed the dough and start flattening and spreading it out. Toss it if you know how. It will take a bit of time, but it will eventually ‘release’ and really allow you to flatten it out. You’ll want to make the dough really thin.

how to make stromboli

Spread the marinara or pesto very thinly on the dough using the back of a spoon to help prevent tears. Spread it all the way to the edge.

Stromboli with marinara

Marinara, mozzarella and tomatoes

Top lightly with cheese and toppings. No need to overstuff.

Stromboli with pesto

Pesto and mozzarella

Once you have your filling finished, gently roll up one of the edges.


Gently roll up the stromboli

Stromboli with pesto, spinach and chicken

Take your time and continue to roll all the way up. It does not have to be super tight.
rolling stromboli

Once rolled up, you’ll need to wrap up the ends so everything doesn’t spill out. You’ll also want to gently pinch the last edge of the dough to the rest of the rolled Stromboli too.

Tuck the ends

End before it is tucked

tuck the ends of the stromboli

End after it is tucked

After it is rolled up, transfer to a baking sheet. I like to line mine with parchment paper as it makes it a lot easier for clean up and ensures nothing sticks. With a sharp knife, cut small slits in the top of the Stromboli every 2-3 inches. Lightly brush the top with olive oil and put into a pre-heated 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes or until done.

Do you have to cut slits into the top of stromboli

Cut small slits in the top

how to make stromboli

Brush the top lightly with olive oil

How to make stromboli

Isn’t it pretty and rustic?

Stromboli with pepperoni

Let rest for a minute or two and then slice and serve. If for an appetizer, slice thinly and serve on a platter with some extra marinara. If for a meal, slice as large of a piece as you want!

Important Tips:

Don’t forget to cut small slits in the top unless you want one heck of a messy oven


You can put anything in this, just like pizza. Just remember to (1) keep the sauce light (2) don’t overstuff


…and this is perfect example of the differences between Melissa and I. I give you “Make your own Pizza” and she gives you “Stromboli”!!! – Denise

Grilled Pizza

Make your own pizza

Easy Menu Idea


About a year ago, I was visiting my sister in Baton Rouge. She made grilled pizzas for us one night which were a huge hit for adults and kids alike.  She made the dough herself, of course, but Melissa and I will tell you that there’s no reason why you shouldn’t just buy the dough from Publix. It’s a little over $2.00 a bag and you can make 3 pizzas out of each one! Here’s what you do….

1) Take the dough out of the refrigerator about an hour or so before you start rolling it out.

2) Once the hour is up, preheat the grill to a low heat. Cut the dough into thirds.

3) Roll out onto a lightly floured surface until the dough is about a quarter inch thick.

4) Lightly brush olive oil on each side. I found that after I do this, it’s easiest to put the dough on a baking sheet to take out to the grill.

5) Place dough on grill grate ( low heat) for about 5 minutes per side. You’ll know it’s ready to turn when you see big bubbles form.

6) Repeat until all dough has been cooked.

7) Have everyone start making their own pizzas! Recently, I had the following on my toppings bar: Mariana, pesto, shredded mozzarella, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, black olives, mushrooms, roasted garlic, sausage crumbles, pepperoni, sliced tomatoes, diced jalepenos and candied bacon!!

8) Place the pizzas back on the grill until the cheese is melted, about 5-7 minutes. Slice, serve, and enjoy!!

Yes…it really is that easy!!!