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California-Style Grilled Pizzetta

California-Style Grilled PizzettaRecipe courtesy of California Ripe Olives.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups warm water
1 teaspoon active dry yeast
1/4 teaspoon granulated sugar
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 cups unbleached all purpose flour

3 cups roasted red bell peppers, sliced into 2-inch strips
2 cups fresh mozzarella cheese, chopped
2 cups California Ripe Olives, halved
1 1/2 cups arugula, thinly sliced into ribbons

Cooking Directions:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together water, yeast, sugar and 1 cup of flour evenly combined. Allow to rest in a warm environment for 10 to 15 minutes until mixture begins to look bubbly on top.
  2. Mix in 2 tablespoons of olive oil and salt, then knead in flour 1 cup at a time. Cover bowl, and allow dough to rise in a warm spot for 1 hour.
  3. After dough has risen, punch down and transfer to a lightly floured surface.
  4. Divide into 6 (4 to 5-ounce) pieces and shape into balls. Allow to rest for 10 to 15 minutes, then, using a rolling pin, flatten each ball into a thin 7-inch disc.
  5. Preheat grill on high heat.
  6. Brush each disc with remaining olive oil, then slide onto grill (oil side down). Cook for 3 to 4 minutes over high heat, then transfer to a clean cutting board or plate with the cooked side facing up. Top each pizzetta crust with 1/2 cup of roasted peppers, 2 ounces of mozzarella and 1/3 cup of California Ripe Olives.
  7. Slide onto grill, cover and cook over medium-high heat for 4 minutes until dough is crisp and cheese is melted.
  8. Remove to a clean cutting board, sprinkle with arugula and cut into quarters.

Makes 6 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/6 of recipe): Calories: 553; Total Fat: 22g; Cholesterol: 34mg; Total Carbs: 71g; Fiber: 5g; Protein: 18g; Sodium: 645mg.

Recipe and photograph courtesy of California Ripe Olives.