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Grilled Tortilla Pizza Margherita

Grilled Tortilla Pizza Margherita | GI 365

Pizza… it’s a tradition. Crispy, with just a slick of tomato sauce and melty cheese! Aww yes, this is what weekends are made of!

Pizza’s a tradition in our house anyways, for years we had pizza every Saturday night after we came home from hiking in the mountains. Since we’ve changed our eating habits, pizza has been the hardest thing to let go of – I mean nothing quite replaces it! These days, you’ll find us eating a Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad instead, but there’s still the urge to celebrate with our favorite pizza – Pizza Margherita!

Grilled Tortilla Pizza Margherita | GI 365

So… today pizza is getting a ‘quick and easy’ makeover (husband approved of course) – not only is it grilled but there’s no traditional yeast raised dough for the crust. We’ve tried a number of gluten free and paleo pizza crusts and I’m not going to lie to ya, some of them have been bad enough that I actually threw them away (and mourned the loss of good mozzarella). Every once in a while, I make an old-fashioned (bad for you but delicious) pizza, and we go all out. But… I’ve been looking for a way to get pizza back into my life more often, and this is it! It’s quick and easy, made on the grill (so no mess), and you can use whichever kind of tortilla fits your diet! I’ve personally tried this recipe using my Paleo Crepes, rice flour tortillas, and sprouted spelt tortillas – all of which turned out great!

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This is seriously the easiest recipe ever – almost not a recipe in fact!

Simply spread some marinara sauce over your choice of tortilla, top with your choice of cheese, (I love fresh mozzeralla) and grill it.

Tip: Use a cutting board to transfer your pizza to and from the grill. Carefully slide it on and off the grill – you don’t want to loose any of that precious cheese!

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The photo on the left is a tortilla pizza made with paleo crepes. These turned out fantastic – so much better than I thought, and the crepes can be kept in the freezer for impromptu pizzas! The pizza in the right hand photo is made on a sprouted spelt tortilla, and it’s a little more sturdy than the paleo version.

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Is there anything more American than pizza? Well maybe apple pie, but I’m really not clear on what even constitutes American food since most of it’s derivative. I think that’s why I love ‘American’ food culture so much! There’s everything from pizza to Tex Mex and beyond – and I couldn’t enjoy it more! It’s not that I don’t love authenticity, but unfortunately I don’t have an Italian grandmother in my kitchen (more’s the pity, I’d love to learn their secrets).

So… here’s to the easiest pizza you’ve ever made in your life!

Grilled Tortilla Pizza Margherita
 
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 rice tortilla (for gluten free) or sprouted spelt tortilla
  • or
  • 2 Paleo Crepes (for the paleo/primal version)
  • olive oil for brushing the tortillas
  • 3-4 Tablespoons Homemade Marinara
  • 2-3 ounces fresh mozzarella
  • sea salt
  • basil leaves cut into thin slivers (chiffonade)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the grill over high heat. These tortilla pizzas can also be cooked in the oven at 425ºF.
  2. Lightly brush each side of the tortilla with olive oil and place it on a cutting board.
  3. Spread the marinara evenly over the tortilla, using more or less depending on the size of your tortilla.
  4. Break the mozzarella up into small pieces, and place them evenly across the top.
  5. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt if desired - you may not need to depending on the saltiness of your sauce and cheese, so taste each component and see if you need to add more.
  6. Carefully slide the tortilla (using a spatula to help) onto the grill and immediately lower the heat to medium.
  7. Cook until the cheese is melty - about 8-10 minutes.
  8. Sprinkle with your thinly sliced basil and devour!
Notes
This recipe is great for anything from a snack to pizza parties where everyone makes their own customized pizza!
If want to make the paleo/primal version, follow the recipe link to my strawberries and cream crepes where you'll find the paleo crepe recipe.


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10 Responses to “Grilled Tortilla Pizza Margherita”

  1. Mike@TheIronYou July 2, 2014 11:50 am #

    I can totally relate when you say pizza has been the hardest thing to let go of.
    I mean, I love cauli crust pizza, and this grilled tortilla pizza sounds like an awesome alternative too…but nothing is quite like the real thing.
    That being said, I’m so going to give this tortilla pizza a try because it surely looks delicious!

    • Kari July 2, 2014 9:05 pm #

      So far, I’ve only let it go to arm’s length (I still have the real thing every 3 months or so)! I just feel so much better without all that processed food on a regular basis that it makes it just a little easier! :)

  2. katie July 2, 2014 3:34 pm #

    Oh yummmm super excited to try these
    So much easier than making dough in the morning for dinner that night
    thank u thank u thank u for such a great idea!

    • Kari July 2, 2014 9:06 pm #

      This idea is almost dangerous because I always have tortillas and marinara in the freezer – I’m just a grate of cheese away from yummy!

  3. Cheryl July 2, 2014 6:19 pm #

    What brand of tortillas do you use? Rice and Paleo. Don’t want to spend an hour reading the ingredients. I know you already tried them all – so which is the best?

    • Kari July 2, 2014 9:11 pm #

      I like the sprouted spelt ones for the most ‘doughy’ taste (Natural Grocers in the refrigerated section). The rice flour tortillas are really good too (freezer section, I think there’s only the one brand) just look for any brand without additives. For a paleo base w/o any grain or additives, I used my crepes from the strawberries and cream crepes (link in the recipe). :)

  4. Katie Cross July 6, 2014 1:15 pm #

    This is a fab idea! We don’t do pizza much either because it makes me sick (although I do splurge every now and then) but lately we’ve been using a lot of masa flour for tortillas instead of flour tortillas. The corn doesn’t make us sick and the taste is wonderful.

    So now I’m going to go try this! Thanks for the awesome idea!

    • Kari July 7, 2014 11:55 am #

      I love masa flour tortillas, especially when they’re hot, right out of the pan. Sometimes, I fry them in avocado oil for a serious treat – it’s like a gourmet frito and then we dip them in homemade guacamole – don’t even need dinner after that!

  5. Yvonne Smith August 23, 2014 5:01 pm #

    Wow – these look amazing! I never thought to make pizza on tortillas before although I’ve tried slices of bread and that definitely didn’t work.

    Going to try this one for sure – I know the kids will love it :-)

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Kari August 24, 2014 7:22 pm #

      They’re a hit with everyone, so I think you’ll enjoy them! :)

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