At Home Date Night Ideas: Homemade Pizza

November 10, 2017

Grilled Pizza with Mascarpone, Fig, + Prosciutto

My husband, Joe, loves to cook. I’m very blessed in this regard. My joy for cooking comes and goes. I enjoy it but for example, Joe wasn’t home last night so AJ and I ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for dinner. While we were dating, we started “make our own pizza nights.” It’s a great way for us to enjoy quality time together while creating a meal that is not only fun but delicious. Before AJ came along, we had date nights way more often than we do now. Our lives look a lot different but we have continued our pizza night tradition.

One important aspect to a healthy marriage is to plan dates. Whether it’s during the day, at night, at home or at the hottest new restaurant, it’s really important to make time for each other. Life gets so busy and often our relationships are often the first thing to be put on the back burner.

So pizza… (ingredients are at the end!)

We cheat by purchasing Trader Joe’s original dough. It’s easy, super inexpensive and tastes great. You can also make your own but don’t forget it takes pre-prep. Make sure the dough is at least room temperature for ease of rolling.

To start, Joe heats up the grill as hot as possible. Yes, we use the grill for our pizzas and it creates awesome flavor. He then mixes the mascarpone cheese with fresh garlic and honey. We use the small tub (6 oz) of mascarpone, two or three cloves of garlic and about a tablespoon of honey…we’re really accurate over here..not really but that’s the beauty of pizza!

Meanwhile, I roll out the dough. I use a decent amount of flour directly on my counter with a rolling pin.

Once it’s rolled out in an elongated shape, due to the size of the grill, we add olive oil on one side. I prefer to use Trader Joe’s Garlic Olive Oil.

The olive oil side gets placed directly on the grill grates for approximately 3-4 minutes. However, you’ll know when it’s ready. It’s a little crisp but not too cooked. See the image below.

Once the first side is ready, it comes inside and we add olive oil to the side that wasn’t grilled. Then we flip it over (yes, oil side down) and put the toppings on the grilled side. This might be a pointless step but this pizza is so good we don’t want to change it! We first dab on the mascarpone and spread it out. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Then we add the prosciutto and figs. It then goes on the grill for another 3-4 minutes. Again, you’ll know when it’s done. Bring it inside, let it cool a little and cut it up. We usually pair it with a glass of red wine and a movie! It makes the perfect date night in.

* We forgot to buy figs when we made it last..hence no figs in any of the photos. We use Trader Joe’s Black Mission Figs. You can buy any kind, though.

Flour for rolling the dough
1 bag TJ’s dough or a pizza dough
3 cloves fresh chopped garlic
1 Tbsp honey
6 oz mascarpone
Garlic olive oil

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