Artisan Gardner

 Warm weather brings an irresistible urge to dine outdoors & an appetite for seasonal menus calls for dishes made with fresh ingredients.

Beets from the garden for Grilled Beet and Goat Cheese Pizza | Photo | The Lisa Porter Collection

"Seasonal" can also apply to schedules that may find you running or relaxing. Either way, uncomplicated meals made at home with simple ingredients are smart & healthy and offer the perfect opportunity to sit down together and give thanks.

Dinner Napkin | Photo | The Lisa Porter Collection

 Artisan Gardner is a nod to Laura Gardner ~ a friend & fabulous cook! There is a liveliness in Laura's cooking. Partly due to her genuine love of preparing good food & her seasoned career in the culinary & hospitality industry, but mainly it's her generosity and ease in which she entertains.

Fresh Beets ready to slice for Grilled Beet and Goat Cheese Pizza | Photo | The Lisa Porter Collection

A casual invitation to dinner at the Gardner's fills us with joyful anticipation! We just know it's going to be good ~ and it's definitely a collaboration. Her mouth watering menus are always earthy & regional and Mr. Gardner's wine pairings beautifully compliment the meal & elevate the evening. They are quite a team in the kitchen & in real life!

Fresh Beets ready to peel and slice for Grilled Beet and Goat Cheese Pizza | Photo | The Lisa Porter Collection

You may be wondering why all the beet photos. Well ~ It's because they're in season and because Grilled Beet & Goat Cheese Pizza was on the menu! Since Laura prefers to cook off-book & I'm a visual gal, I grabbed my iPhone and started snapping away!

Here is the result with recipe & instructions below. 

 

Grilled Beet & Goat Cheese Pizza

{Ingredients}

Serves 4

4 medium sized Beets with greens

Dough 

{White or Wheat ~ Fresh or Packaged}

Corn Meal

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Goat Cheese

Provolone Cheese

Dried Figs

Sea Salt & Fresh Ground Pepper

At the Gardner's, everyone hangs out in the kitchen. If you want to pitch in, Laura and her husband welcome you to roll up your sleeves. The ultimate compliment is when she ties an apron around your waist!

Gingham Checks and Kitchen Apron | Photo | The Lisa Porter Collection 

{Directions} 

Wash beets & greens. Remove greens & set aside.

Peel beets with a paring knife or vegetable peeler. 

Fresh Beets for Grilled Beet and Goat Cheese Pizza | Photo | The Lisa Porter Collection

Slice to medium thickness using a mandolin.

{be smart & use the guard}

Toss with S&P and 2 tsp. olive oil.

Sliced Fresh Beets for Grilled Beet and Goat Cheese Pizza | Photo | The Lisa Porter Collection

Chop greens.

Toss with S&P and 2 tsp. olive oil.

Chopped Beet Greens for Grilled Beet and Goat Cheese Pizza | Photo | The Lisa Porter Collection

Let dough rest at room temp and then separate into sections for individual pizzas. Use your ar·ti·san fingers to gently press the dough into rustic shapes.

Grilled Beet and Goat Cheese Pizza Prep (2) | Photo | The Lisa Porter Collection

Let the dough rest again as it will bounce back a little. Prepare a sheet pan sprinkled with corn meal to prevent dough from sticking.

Place pizzas on pan & prepare cheeses.

Grilled Beet and Goat Cheese Pizza Prep | Photo | The Lisa Porter Collection

Grill the beets over medium high heat, flipping & rotating until they start to spot or blister. 

Grilled Beets | Photo | The Lisa Porter Collection

Over medium high heat place individual pizzas on the grill for approximately 4 minutes or until the underside becomes golden brown and easily releases from grill.

After a minute, you can lift an edge and peek underneath. You want a slight char around the edge, which adds a lot of flavor!

Grilled Pizza Dough (2) | Photo | The Lisa Porter Collection Flip the dough back onto pan with corn meal so uncooked side is facing down.

Grilled Pizza Dough | Photo | The Lisa Porter Collection

Spread the top grilled side of dough generously with goat cheese.

Layer with the fresh chopped greens & grilled beets.

Grilled Beet and Goat Cheese Pizza (4) | Photo | The Lisa Porter Collection

Top with dried figs.

Grilled Beet and Goat Cheese Pizza (3) | Photo | The Lisa Porter Collection

Top with provolone cheese.

Grilled Beet and Goat Cheese Pizza (2) | Photo | The Lisa Porter Collection

Place pizzas back on grill for another 4 minutes to brown underside of dough. Cover with lid during this time to allow cheese to melt.

Best when served hot off the grill!

These were quite filling so a sliced heirloom tomato with fresh basil & sea salt would be a great side & as always, a selection from J. Lohr Vineyards is the perfect compliment to any meal prepared by Artisan Gardner!

Grilled Beet and Goat Cheese Pizza | Photo | The Lisa Porter Collection

I hope you're looking forward to a great summer weekend! Get your grill fired up, dial up your favorite music, gather together and enjoy some chewy, crispy & smoky Grilled Beet & Goat Cheese Pizza!

As always, a selection from J. Lohr Vineyards is the perfect compliment to any meal prepared by Artisan Gardner!

Special thanks to my friend Laura. The Artisan Gardner who reminds me that cooking at home is not about perfection. It's about cooking what you like, how you like and for who you like.

Bon appetite! 

Heart Beet | Photo | The Lisa Porter Collection

5 comments:

Karena Albert said...

How delicious Lisa! Made with all of the ingredients I love! Thank you for sharing and for the lovely video from Laura.

xoxo
Karena
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Dumbwit Tellher said...

That is one paring I would have never considered until your video/post. You've brought my impassions of the 1960's beet family recipes into this century. Laura not only is a talented, kind friend but very wise. I adore her philosophy - 'cooking at home is not about perfection. It's about cooking what you like, how you like and for who you like'. I need to take this to heart. Thank you (& Laura) for bringing your fun evening into our homes Lisa & for the recipe.

xox Deb

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

This looks fabulous! I love beets and cannot wait to make this!

Jennifer Connolly said...

Oh my goodness this looks mouthwatering. I love how the video brings it to life. I'm a visual gal too! I would have never thought to put beets on a pizza! Simply fabulous. And perfect for this time of year. Thanks so much for sharing this awesome inspiration with us on #stylefocus. This is one I'll be making!
xx

La Contessa said...

LOOKS DIVINE and we have a pizza oven!
Good thing you had your camera!