I love this time of year because of the abundance of seasonal fruit that is in season. The problem (well not really a problem) is that most fruit recipes are for sweet dishes, like dessert. It is nice to be able to take a break from baking and desserts and use the fruit that is in season for a savory dish. My favourite food is pizza – hands down – so I thought I would incorporate peaches into a pizza.
This is not a conventional way that peaches are used but I thought I would try it. I was pleasantly surprised at how well all of these ingredients went together. The peaches after being grilled, become a great pair with the salty cured ham. The mozzarella and the basil leaves round out the flavours making this a deliciously unique pizza.
I sprinkled my pizza with some fresh oregano leaves as well. Arugula leaves would also make a great addition to this pizza. I used my pizza grill stone to make this pizza and it came thin and crispy – a perfect pizza in my eyes! This pizza has to be eaten right away – it is not the kind you can reheat the next day or even a few hours later.
Grilled-Peach Pizza /w Prosciutto & Basil
1 pizza dough split in 2 (makes 2 – 13″ pizzas)
2 peaches, cut into 1/2-inch wedges
1 pound fresh mozzarella cheese, grated
12 thin slices prosciutto
1/3 cup fresh basil
Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
1. Heat grill to high and grill your peach wedges for 2 minutes per side, until caramelized.
2. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F (or heat your barbecue grill to medium). distribute mozzarella cheese onto pizza dough. Bake or grill (covered with BBQ lid) until cheese melts and is bubbling.
3. Remove pizza from the oven or grill and top with peaches, prosciutto, and basil. Drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil. Serve immediately.