Puffed Pizza Margherita

Yield: 8 Pieces

Calories per serving: 156

Fat per serving: 10.9 g

Puffed Pizza Margherita

Classic margherita toppings and zesty pesto cover an innovative pizza crust for an easy, delicious starter. Adventurous chefs may want to try other fast-cooking toppings such as figs and soft goat cheese or pears and Camembert.


  • Package of puff pastry (14 oz., 397 g), 1/2
  • thawed according to package directions
  • Basil pesto 2 tbsp. 30 mL
  • Bocconcini, thinly sliced 3 oz. 85 g
  • Seeded chopped Roma (plum) tomatoes 1 cup 250 mL
  • Chopped fresh basil 2 tbsp. 30 mL
  • White balsamic vinegar 1 tbsp. 15 mL
  • Granulated sugar 1/2 tsp. 2 mL


  1. Roll out pastry to a 9 x 9 inch (22 x 22 cm) square. Using a fork, prick holes all over both sides of pastry. Transfer to a baking sheet or 12 inch (30 cm) round pizza pan. Prepare grill for direct high heat. Place pizza on grill and reduce burner under pastry to medium-low, keeping opposite burner on high. Cook for about 7 minutes until pastry is puffed and bottom is golden. Turn pastry over and rotate 180°. Cook for about 7 minutes until golden. Turn off both burners.
  2. Brush pastry with pesto and arrange cheese over top. Close lid and let stand on grill for about 3 minutes until cheese is melted. Remove from grill and cut into 8 pieces.
  3. Toss remaining 4 ingredients together and scatter over pizza.


Reprinted from Practical Gourmet Good Friends, Great Grilling © Company’s Coming Publishing Limited www.companyscoming.com


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