Google+ Reading Teen: How to Make Tuscan Pizza on Your Gas Grill, By Lisa T. Bergren + Giveaway!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

How to Make Tuscan Pizza on Your Gas Grill, By Lisa T. Bergren + Giveaway!


Ok, today may just be too much of a good thing.  Before you read any further, make sure you have eaten, because if you haven't, you might just drool all over your keyboard and short out your computer.  Lisa is giving us lot of goodies today!  First she's teaching us how to make Tuscan Pizza on our grills, then she's offering us all three River of Time books for a giveaway!  So...I'll stop wasting your time :D



How to Make Tuscan Pizza on Your Gas Grill

By Lisa T. Bergren

We first made our own pizza in Tuscany, when we discovered our villa had a wood-fired pizza oven. We burned a couple in trying to figure it out, but we soldiered on until we got it down. It was worth it. The taste of the wood and smoke perfected the ingredients, and it was just one of many fabulous experiences and sensations that made us fall in love with Italia.

Back home in suburbia, we didn’t have a lovely wood-fired oven in the backyard, but we did have a gas grill. So while it’s not quite the same, it’s a pretty close second. After making them many, many times, we recommend you put out a nice tossed salad and chianti, and let friends and family eat the pizzas as they come in. It makes for a very relaxed, fun evening.


ZEE DOUGH:

You can often find dough in specialty stores like Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s. But if not, here’s the recipe for the one my hubs made last (and it was fabuloso)…

The Dough (can be made a day ahead, divided, wrapped in Saran; if it rises again, don’t panic, it’ll be okay. Best idea—roll out and grill crusts before guests arrive):



ZEE SAUCE:

Ingredients for the Sauce (can be made a day ahead—in fact, it will be better):
  • One big can of crushed Cento Italian tomatoes (or whatever brand your store carries; just use good quality, ITALIAN-grown tomatoes; extra buck is worth it; find them in specialty food section of grocery store)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Oregano—we use about 3 Tablespoons
  • Thyme—1 Tablespoon 
  • Lots of pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • Couple pinches of sugar (if you want)




ZEE TOPPINGS:
It’s pretty common to simply have a cheese pizza in Italy, but here are the ingredients for our two favorite concoctions….
Suggested ingredients for Smoked Mozzarella/Apple Pizza, Cheese, & Sausage/Pepper Pizzas:
  • Tart, pink apple (wash; slice)
  • Red bell peppers (wash, discard stem/seeds and slice)
  • Sweet Onions (slice; sauté 1/3 of them until carmelized for Apple pizza)
  • Fresh basil (lots—see if they have the growing plant in produce section)
  • Italian sausage (mild, medium or spicy, depends on the crowd); cook through
    in small pieces before you put it on the pizza
  • 6 strips bacon (browned and crumbled)
  • Smoked mozzarella (gouda is more readily available, but it’s a bit too rich)
  • Fresh mozzarella (2 logs; you slice)
  • Grated mozzarella (3 bags)
  • Pecorino cheese (fresh wedge; you grate)
  • Parmesan cheese (fresh wedge; you grate)
  • (or come up with your own favorite!)





ZEE INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. Make Sauce
  2. Roll out pizza crusts. Don’t worry about keeping it round—an irregular shape is part of the charm. You might want to do a pancake size one at first, just to get used to handling dough and see how your grill is baking it/adjust temperature.
  3. Transfer on edgeless cookie sheet, if possible, to grill; this is a handy tool to flip them too.
  4. Grill at 350 degrees or medium, until grill marks start to show on bottom (baked but not crispy—you’ll put them back on with toppers). Stay around the grill to pierce bubbles that pop up in the crust with a fork.
  5. Use a “floured” flat cookie sheet to bring in, flip over—grill side up—and top with sauce and other items.
    1. For CHEESE pizza (nice 1st course): sauce, thick layer of grated mozzarella, finer layer of parmesan and pecorino, chopped basil.
    2. For SAUSAGE pizza (nice 2nd course): sauce, thick layer of grated mozzarella, cooked sausage, peppers, onions, basil.
    3. For APPLE pizza (slightly sweet/partial dessert course): brush on olive oil and rub with half-clove of cut garlic; layer smoked mozzarella, carmelized onion, apples and crumbled bacon.

Yesterday on Gone With Words, Lisa told us how to say a bunch of useful phrases in Italian.  However, she failed to tell me how to say, "That looks amazing!  I want some pizza now!"  Seriously, I can't wait to try this recipe.  I think I'm going to go for the Apple Pizza!!

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As part of The River of Time blog tour, hosted by Mundie Moms, each blog will be hosting a giveaway that will be open Internationally! Here's how the giveaways will work. If a resident from the US wins, they'll receive a signed copy of each book in the series, Waterfall, Cascade and Torrent. If a resident outside the US wins, they'll have a choice to either receive an e-book of the series OR an unsigned physical copy of each book for the series.
(Your name will be visible in the Rafflecopter form.  Don't leave your last name if you don't want it seen.)




Leave us a comment as well as the rest of the stops to be entered to win Lisa's giveaway for a pair of earrings from Venice! Please sure to visit Lisa's site here to find out more information about this giveaway and to enter to win.
August 29: Lisa’s Favorite Scene/Quotes from WATERFALL & CASCADE (Page Turners)
August 30: Character Interview with Marcello–and surprise announcement (YA Bliss)
August 31: Ten Useful Italian Phrases In Case You Hitch a Ride w Gabi & Lia (Gone With the Words)
Sept. 1: How to Make Italian Pizza On Your Gas Grill (Reading Teen)*TORRENT’S Official Release Day!!!*
Sept. 2: 10 Things You Might Not Know About Lisa Bergren (Mundie Moms)
Sept. 3: An Itinerary for the Perfect, Dreamy Week in Tuscany (The Secret Life of a Bibliophile)
Sept. 4: Character Interview with Gabi–and semi-surprise announcement (Eve’s Fan Garden)
Sept. 5: Excerpt from a potential 4th novel (Lisa Bergern) What-What??!!



104 comments:

  1. Gotta Love Rafflecopter! I'm trying it out right now and I think I'm pretty much in love! :) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  2. Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway! I've seen these books everywhere and am dying to get my hands on them! :)

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  3. This is a great giveaway. It's also the first time I've seen rafflecopter.

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  4. nom nom nom! i should have heeded the warning to eat first before reading the post. i <3 pizza. lol!

    thanks for hosting and thank you to Lisa for the recipe and the awesome giveaway! c",)

    funny & what a coincidence, the word verification is "ovenco". that made me drool even more.

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  5. mmm..Love the Rafflecopter !!!!and thank you so much for this give away!!!

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  6. Oh man. If only I had a grill. Looks soooo tasty!

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  7. I'm sooooo makin that this Memorial Day weekend!

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  8. thanks for the giveaway! i would love to try the recipes..and read the books!!

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  9. I WANT pizza right now! And it's 8:30AM, so it's not really the right time to eat pizza...
    Thanks for the beyond awesome giveaway!

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  10. I am now hungry for pizza. This sandwich is just not cutting it.

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  11. Thanks for the giveaway !!!
    The pizza looks so delicious.

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  12. Oh, yum! That looks delicious! Thank you for the giveaway!

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  13. I agree with Krazzyme! This post really made me hungry. Now I'm craving for pizza. I'm saving this post though. Wish I could make my own pizza soon. :)

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  14. Mmmmm, great recipes! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  15. Thanks again for the awesome giveaway!:)

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  16. Awesome! I would love to win♥
    Thank you so much for the chance to win♥

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  17. awesome!!would love to win this series:)

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  18. Thanks for the giveaway. Tore923@aol.com

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  19. Thanks for having the giveaway! :D

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  20. Thanks for the giveaway!
    That pizza looks so delicious. I love cooking, so I will be trying this out thanks

    faefever25(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  21. That pizza looks great. I think I may have it for dinner tonight.

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  22. That looks delicious!! Too bad we don't have a cool specialty store...
    Awesome post!! :)

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  23. The pizza looks good! The books are great! I'm having a very good day :)

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  24. Well, I didn't take your advice at the top. I haven't eaten, and now I want that pizza! ;)

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  25. I've never thought of making pizza on the grill! Sounds good though!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Rachel

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  26. I'm so hungry now. x.x
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  27. great pizza and i have these books on my wish list can't wait to see who win lol. Thanks Joannie jscddmj at aol dot com

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  28. That pizza looks really really good lol.

    I have to try that now.

    ~Kayla
    kcrochet002@gmail.com

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  29. Pizza!!! Thanks for the Giveaway!!

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  30. That looks sooo good!!! I'm gonna beg my mom to let me try it!!!

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  31. Um...I am like, STARVING now! I woke up with my stomach growling like a lion, and now it's totally roaring, haha...Mmm, pizza...Hmm...May have to try one of these soon :o)

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  32. Great giveaway. Thanks for chance!

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  33. Mmm, we LOVE the apple bacon pizza...good choice. And thanks for hosting as part of the River of Time blog tour!

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  34. Omg I am so hungry now! Lol

    Kelsey d

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  35. i've heard so much about these books! I can't wait to try them, they've been popping up everywhere.

    And rafflecopter... I really want to try it! But apparently it is invitation only :(

    and oh, that pizza! might have to try it - looks so good.

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  36. Loved the post! Made me so hungry! And also thanks for this giveaway!

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  37. Thanks for the Giveaway! new follower:)

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  38. What a colorful pizza! It did look yummy!! Good thing I just ate my Cap'n Crunch... ;o)

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  39. I'm suddenly starving and craving pizza.lol Thanks so much for the chance to win! I've really been wanting to read this series :D

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  40. That pizza looks amazing. I can already smell it! Yummy. Thanks for the giveaway.
    Sue B

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  41. Ze pizza looks delicious!

    Seriously. Now I want some. :D

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  42. Wow! That pizza seriously looks FREAKY good!!! Gotta write that down.

    Thanks Lisa!! And thank y'all, Reading Teen, for joining in the tour! River of Time series is the BEST YA book I've read to date!!!

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  43. That pizza sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing the recipe! Can't wait to try it!
    mallorielisabeth@hotmail.com

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  44. That sounds so good!!!

    Can I ask what Google friend connect is?

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  45. Thanks for making this international :)

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  46. Thanks for the recipe, now I´m hungry.
    Apple pizza, that is news to me.mmm
    Thanks for the giveaway and I want all of them.

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  47. Thanks for the giveaway and for opening it to worldwide entries.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

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  48. Oh man, the pizza looks/sounds DELICIOUS. I've always wanted to do a pizza on the grill, so I might just have to use this recipe!

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  49. That pizza looks great!
    And thanks for the chance!

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  50. Thanks for the giveaway! I've been trying to get my hands on these books for a while now!

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  51. I actually tried making a true Italian pizza last week. It was awesome! I'll have to try this, too.

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  52. Yea! Torrent is released! Congrats Lisa! The pizza looks good, but I would substitute some ingredients since I'm a vegan:)

    I've said this before, but I'll say it again - I LOVE this series! Waterfall was FANTASTIC, Cascade was PHENOMENAL, and Torrent...hardly seems possible, but was EVEN BETTER than 'Waterfall' & 'Cascade'!

    PLEASE keep on writing about them...I really don't want their stories to end.

    Melanie
    Christian Bookshelf Reviews

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  53. Great! Now I'm starving!! That recipe is awesome!!
    I have heard so many good things about these books and I want to read all three of them, so thanks for the chance to win a copy :)

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  54. i have heard great things about this series and it would be cool to win the whole thing. thx for the giveaway!

    spicedice45@gmail.com

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  55. MMHHHMMM! I will have to see if I can get my mom to let me try this! It looks delicious and I love pizza. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe with us! :D

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  56. the pizza looks so good!
    great giveaway
    follow via gfc
    drakebdog@gmail.com

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  57. mmmm that pizza looks yummy... I might have to give that a try. hopefully i won't end up setting the whole pie on fire. =) Thanks for hosting this giveaway!!

    GFC Follower: SpadesHighReads

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  58. That looks delicious!! Yum! Now I'm hungry... :/

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  59. That looks delicious! I'm totally going to try making pizza on my grill THIS WEEK! Thanks for showing us how.

    And thanks for the awesome giveaway, too!

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  60. That pizza made me really hungry....and I just ate. Awesomeeeee.

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  61. Thanks for the pizza recipe and the giveaway. The stories sound amazing, would love to read them and pass them on to my teen daughter.

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  62. The pizza looks soo good!! I'm hungry now! Thank you for the giveaway! :)

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  63. Wow awesome giveaway! Just entered, now I have my fingers crossed :)

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  64. Ahhhh, that looks so yummy! I'm seriously loving this tour so far. :)

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  66. Thanks for this awesome giveaway! :D I'm really turning into a fan of Rafflecopter, it's just so easy to use! :D

    Thanks again!
    Ambur

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  67. I can't wait to make this pizza! thanks for the give away!

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  68. I like the new rafflecopter. It makes entering much easier. Thanks for the great giveaway. I've been wanting to read this series for weeks.

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  69. Wow, that pizza looks SO good. I'd love to read these books --I've been hearing so much about them!

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  70. I should have listened to your warning, now I am starved!

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  71. Yummy pizza! I'll have to try the apple/mozzarella one.

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  72. The pizza looks good!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  73. I wanna make the Zee sauce !! Will tell my mom bout this :>

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  74. It looks so good. You're making me hungry.

    StuckInBooks.com

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  75. Nom Nom. That looks so yum =)
    Thanks for the giveaway. As I'm international, I'd love the unsigned copy =)
    Thanks for the chance to enter =)
    mickeypowell@aol.com

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  76. Now I'm hungry! hahaa it looked really yummy.

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  77. Thank you for such a great giveaway!
    I'd love to read these books!

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  78. I am soo desperate to read this series!! Every review i've seen has been brilliant..thank you so much for the giveaway:)
    If i wanna make a scrummy pizza i know where to come:P

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  79. Yummy pizza! Looks like a great series! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  80. yummmm! That pizza sounds good! :)

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  81. Great post! Yum, Yum. That pizza looks delicious.

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  82. OMG! I would LOVE to win these books!!!
    And the pizza?! Looks delicious! I'm so hungry right now...

    Alaiel

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  83. Wow the pizza looks so tasty. Gonna save the recipe!

    Thanks for the giveaway as well :D

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  84. Thanks for the giveaway! I'm also very hungry now! haha.

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  85. Rafflecopter is such a big help with giveaways! I really hope to win your giveaway!

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  86. Well now I'm starving!!

    This series is amazing so far! I love the historical aspects of it!

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  87. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

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  88. I'm so hungry now! The pizza looks so good! Thanks for the giveaway!

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