Grilled Pepper Pizza


Sorry, those of you who remain indifferent to pizza.  Here's the latest Sunday version.  Three guesses what it's topped with. Sarah's leftover grilled peppers!!  The most exciting thing about this photo, though, is the vase of lilacs that Yancey and Wyatt stole for me on Mother's Day morning.  My mom is Queen of Lilac Stealing, so we learned from the best.  I have always wanted a lilac bush--not a little struggling one that makes us wait, but a huge, lush double one.  Shoot.  We've been in our house over six years.  By this time, I certainly could have planted one and saved Wyatt from a life of crime.  

So remember those peppers and onions from yesterday?  They were chopped and mixed with parsley, garlic, and more olive oil and spread on a pizza crust.  With some little mozzarella balls and snippets of fresh chives. Priya asked recently how I can afford to always have fresh herbs around.  These chives are from a neglected pot on my deck, and this little clump has miraculously survived.  Mary gave me a beautiful herb pot for my birthday at least five years ago, and the other things have slowly died off.  I just re-potted the chives, and they seem grateful.  I love the delicate hollow tubes and how sprightly they welcome Spring. Fresh herbs make me think of Jamie Oliver.  He uses them recklessly and acts as if everyone has acres growing right outside their door.  I've always resented that when I'm following one of his recipes.  Now that I have some firmly established herbs of my own, I see why he can't shut up about them.  I'm sorry!  Don't expect me to be traveling in a van around Italy anytime soon, though.  Unlike Jamie, I don't have seven nannies.

So the end of Mother's Day was spent with yet another pizza and bottle of rosé champagne.  Yancey helped Wyatt with his homework, Loretta rode her trike, and I scripted what I would say to you all when it came time. You can find the pizza dough recipe here.  If  you don't have grilled veggies around, surely there's something. Make sure to tell me about what you found.

Grilled Peppers and Onions Pizza Topping
3 grilled peppers, peeled, seeded, and coarsely chopped (you can find technique here)
1 grilled onion, coarsely chopped
handful fresh parsley, chopped
salt and pepper
olive oil
8 oz. little fresh mozzarella balls or any kind of mozzarella
1/4 c. crumbled blue cheese 
handful snipped chives

In a bowl, combine peppers, onions, parsley, salt and pepper, and a couple big glugs of olive oil.  Spread on pizza crust and top with mozzarella and blue cheese.  Cook according to directions in this recipe.  Once the pizza is out, top with chives.