Jul 102014


On a chilly Saturday night last winter Phoenix and I were tuckered out from a day of playing yet still wanting to cook up some savory meal.  Low and behold after we dashed off to the grocery store we gathered up the ingredients to make a delightful Grilled Veggie Pizza.

The house was buzzing with excitement and uncontrollable energy!
Me whispering, “Pssst Phoenix, start buzzing with excitement…” Darn kid…Golden Retriever, Phoenix

I’m definitely anal retentive about lining up all of my ingredients on the counter like cast members ahead of time. Yes, Parsley was still stalking me at the time as you may remember from The Morning My Hot English Lover And I Had Our Party Crashed story. She’s not even a part of this recipe the psycho leafy hoser beast!Grilled Veggie Pizza Ingredients

I got started with some extra virgin olive oil that I buy in the big ol’ containers. That is the expected expiration date written across the front of it since it was not on bottle. Grilled Veggie Pizza Olive Oil

I chopped up some fresh garlic…Grilled Veggie Pizza Garlic

Then the same to some bright, fragrant pine nuts…Grilled Veggie Pizza Pine Nuts

They all got tossed into a food processor with basil (I LOVE fresh basil and will use it every chance I get), parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. This is the best focused picture of the shaft spindle instead of the ingredients EVER! Pin it ladies! And David Lebowitz eat your heart out.Grilled Veggie Pizza Pesto Ingredients

Phoenix to you guys, “Gawd, I hope this is the part where Daddy forgets to put the lid on it again like last time. Oh please, please forget…it’s soooo funny…”  Ahh, the good ol’ Supervisor had awoken from the tile entryway…

Golden Retriever, Phoenix

Man’s Smart Ass Best Friend

Ha! Focused after blending…who’s your Daddy?! Homemade pesto sauce.Grilled Veggie Pizza Pesto Sauce

I decided it needed to be a bit thicker to my liking so I added a few more basil leaves and pine nuts after this.Grilled Veggie Pizza Pesto Sauce

I then went through the painstaking task of making a pizza dough from scratch…Grilled Veggie Pizza Boboli Pizza Crust

Phoenix, “Liar!! It’s Boboli!!”Golden Retriever, Phoenix

…from scratching and tearing the plastic wrapping off of the Boboli Pizza.
Me, gritting my teeth at my wonderful bus driver yet again, “I greatly appreciate your input Phoenix…”
Him, “No problem Daddy!”Grilled Veggie Pizza Boboli Pizza Crust

I then did NOT go outside in the 20 degree night and grill the yellow and red peppers on a bbq grill that I do NOT own. But, I did improvise and use the electric burner and it worked great. First time I had ever done that!Grilled Veggie Pizza Yellow and Red Peppers

Phoenix, “And the Fire Department only responded once!!” Golden Retriever, Phoenix

I sliced up some zucchini and squash and sautéed them in butter and olive oil…Grilled Veggie Pizza Squash and Zucchini

Doing my best Edward Scissorhands impression I accidentally knocked one of them onto floor with the knife and my Golden Retriever Patriot Missile Intercept System was all over it. And promptly spit it out.Golden Retriever, Phoenix

I spread the pesto and some additional olive oil across the Boboli…Grilled Veggie Pizza

A generous sprinkling of goat cheese…Grilled Veggie Pizza

I know you think some of those zucchini may look overdone. I did too until I took a bite of one and said, “Oh my gawd that’s good!” The bite melted in my mouth literally with a buttery flavor to it. I didn’t hesitate to put them on the pizza.Grilled Veggie Pizza

Generous Obscene slabs of Mozzarella…Grilled Veggie Pizza

After I had added a wheel spoke of the grilled and sliced red and yellow peppers and let bake in the oven for 15 minutes at 450 degrees I had a very colorful, delectably delicious cheeses Grilled Veggie Pizza. I was kicking myself for not taking a picture of it from directly above…Grilled Veggie Pizza

Then I poured my first pint…Beer and Grilled Veggie Pizza

Phoenix, “It was his third pint.”   Nobody likes him! *wink*Golden Retriever, Phoenix

I sprinkled some parmesan cheese on top and sliced that sucker up…Gourmet Veggie Pizza

While this was by far not my best cooking/photo journey despite how easy the recipe was it turned out really delicious. I was just having an off the The mozzarella and goat cheeses were melted perfectly and every bite had a fresh, bright vegetable lightly soft crunch to it. The fresh pesto sauce on the toasted but light airy on the inside crust kept it all married together perfectly.Pizza Sliced

This post we are sending a big thanks to our friend Mette at Italian Notes, whose blog I discovered last year. She and Henrik write about their adventures, travels and food delights in Italy! Her home cooking and pictures are out of this world and I love her history insight to the various places they visit. She always includes a map in her posts and being a map freak I absolutely love that! Thank you so much for always supporting Phoenix and I, Mette! Please click on over the Italian Notes and see what I mean!

The original recipe and cooking directions can be seen at Tasty Kitchen right here!

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Mike Vogler

I have been told (many times) that I really need to write a book about my life. The past 40+ years have been an exciting ride, and these days I find myself with a great many passions. However, I feel that this website is a much more personal way with which to share my musings, stories, commentary, and (of course) my greatest love... my Golden Retriever, Phoenix.

  70 Responses to “A Grilled Veggie Pizza Delight From Last Winter!”

  1. I love it! The pizza looks amazing, and I love the story. I had no idea you could grill peppers on an electric burner, either. Good tip!

    • Thank you, Lady in London, and I was darn proud of those peppers! While not ideal it sure did work out well! 🙂

  2. Wow! the pizza looks amazing … and thanks Phoenix (telling us about the boboli), for a moment I wanted to commend Mike for making such perfect pizza dough 🙂

    • Hi Rachel, and yes Phoenix always calls me out…and throws me under the bus…we laughter! The pizza tasted even better than it looked 🙂

  3. Looks delicious Mike!

    • Thank you so much,Tracy! I got a bit crazy with the cheese but it sure worked out well 🙂

  4. Yep. Fooled me on the pizza dough thing too. (Phoenix, thanks for keeping your old man honest;-) Mike, that looks delish and you certainly have a way with “you are there” food descriptions. You don’t even need the photos—just a thousand words.

    • What an awesome compliment, Suzanne, and thank you! I will get to pizza dough one of these days. I’ve delved into dough a few times and I’m still very “intimidated” by it 🙂

  5. This looks amazing! I was laughing too much about the focused shaft spindle instead of the ingredients!!! Now I want pizza and beer… Oh wait, I always want pizza and beer 😉

    • You and me both on pizza and beer, Chareese! I’m so glad you caught that part of shaft spindle picture LOL 🙂 Great to hear from you! 🙂

  6. DROOLING))) in MN.

    AHHH, the life of Mike and Phoenix.

    I’m so happy to be a teensy weensy part of it.

    Can I have a slice of that pizza, please? xxxx

    • You can most definitely have a slice of it and we are always thrilled to have you be a part of our lives, Kim! 🙂

  7. Hi Mike,

    Superb description!! Lovely pictures! You enjoy cooking SO much…we never click so many pics while cooking! You seem to enjoy each part…from collecting the ingredients to eating it! Oh! it is mouth watering!
    Thanks for sharing… I can almost taste it!

    • I appreciate that very much and yes I do like to take pictures and tell a story always, Balroop! 🙂 Always frustrated with my tiny kitchen though!

  8. Love you Phoenix for keeping daddy-o honest. Now you know why we love dogs that can count. I’m not sure if reading your story, while drinking a beer, made it more delectable or because I love pizza. While I ponder this deep thought, I’m heading for my second beer since I’m one behind you.

    • LOL to dogs that can count! Ironically he can for real, Neva, with some things! 🙂 Ahh, a second beer is often even better than the first. Unless it’s that first one when you are parched on a super hot day! I love pizza too 🙂

  9. I’d have to skip the goat cheese in this picky house, but umm.. amazing. Only 10:40am for me right now and I think I need this.
    I laughed aloud at psycho leafy hoser beast. It’s a bit of a Wayne’s World reference, right?

    • That’s the neat thing about pizza is because you can put any cheese(s) you like on them, huh Tamara! I’m sooooo jazzed you got the Wayne’s World reference! 🙂

  10. That sounds like one delicious pizza recipe! And what fun reading your post (btw – visiting from Tamara). Loved and can laughingly picture the ‘Golden Retriever Patriot Missile Intercept System’ – LOL

    • I’m so thrilled you came over here from Tamara’s blog, Claudia! The pizza was really good and yes Phoenix is always at the ready despite my every attempt to not let food fall of the counter. He doesn’t get people food 🙂

  11. You should be on the Food Network Mike! 🙂 “Cooking with Mike and Phoenix”. The pizza looks delicious and I love the way you write about it. Cheers!

    • Oh my GOSH wouldn’t that be amazing, Debbie!! I wish. Thank you so much for that wonderful compliment 🙂

  12. I LOVE home made Pizza, especially veggie delights 🙂 Last night David made yummy Chicken Pizza with yummy veggies.
    We normally make our pizza bases but last night we used premade pizza bases as we were out of time.
    Next time you have pizza let us know, we will pop on over 🙂 !!!!
    So does Phoenix like Veggie pizzas too?

    • I have no doubt Phoenix would love to have some pizza but he doesn’t get any, Lisa. At least not intentionally! David’s pizza sounds great and you guys are always welcome at our table! 🙂

  13. That’s seriously one of the best looking veggie pizzas I’ve seen. And that mozzarella portion is perfect if you ask me! Do you like mushrooms? If so, using Boboli, I make a mushroom pizza with a garlic base, 3 kinds of mushrooms, and Gouda. It’s sooooooo freakin’ wonderful! Now I’m craving veggie or mushroom pizza! Mmmmm…

    • Wow, thank you so much Dana but now I SO want to make that pizza you described above! And yes I love, love sauteed/cooked mushrooms 🙂

  14. It actually looks pretty good being that it goes against everything I believe in about pizza. (the only time there should be veggies on pizza is its there to keep all the meats company!) But still looks delish! And now I want pizza!

    • Thank you Tony we appreciate the compliment and ha,ha to keeping the meats company! 🙂

  15. That pizza looks absolutely delicious Mike

    • Thank you very much, Freya! I was able to freeze leftovers and they warmed up nicely the next time 🙂

  16. You’re a proper Master Chef! The pizza looks fantastic and so easy to make. You should already know how much I love eating vegetarian dishes. That’s a great alternative for a Sunday meal. I’m back home this Friday and I’ll cook one on Sunday if the time allows me to do it :). Thanks for the recipe. I guess Phoenix had a big bite, didn’t he? 🙂

    • Hi Agness, and Phoenix unintentionally got a bite of vegetable that fell off the floor. He did not like it ha, ha! Please have a safe trip home! 🙂

  17. OMG! This looks amazing, Mike (no matter what Phoenix says) ruff, ruff. I would like to try this recipe. I used to always use a ‘Boboli’ pizza crust when we made pizzas with the kids. It was delicious! Thanks, Mike!

    • For those of us, ME, who are dough challenged those Boboli crusts work absolutely wonderfully, Lisa! Thank you for the compliment 🙂

  18. Grilled veggie pizza with pesto is my absolute favourite thing. My OH would also add on some anchovies.

    • Red sauce and I don’t get along so well, Bintu, so I’m always looking for delicious alternatives! Anchovies, eh? I might just try that 🙂

  19. Thinking its time for some homemade pizza around here too…love goat cheese…

  20. Ah! Drooling!
    Mike, I love the relationship you have with parsley!
    I absolutely adore pesto!
    And, I’m so glad you and Phoenix with his wit are back!

    • I’m with you on pesto, Rita! And yes parsley was still lurking that night 5 months ago 🙂

  21. Mmm, that sounds delicious and fits right in with my vegetarian way of life! Will definitely be giving it a try this summer, Mike, thanks!

    Curious: does Phoenix get to enjoy your culinary delights too, or is he on a strictly doggy diet?;-)

    • He is on a very strict doggie diet, Jess. He always has been and his recent bout aside, I would like to think it’s help keep him very healthy. Albeit there are some people food that are said to be good for dogs! How about Gillman? 🙂

  22. That does it Mike and Phoenix. I am coming over for dinner. Meet me at the airport please 🙂

  23. Oh wow love all your recipes and this one is right up my street as I don’t eat meat. Will definitely try this one out.

    • Ironically, I’m not a vegetarian Becky but I enjoy lots of vegetarian dishes! So, for non meat eaters this would be right up their alley! 🙂

  24. Why do I always end up reading your posts when I’m hungry? We’ve been making a ton of pesto lately because the herb garden has gone crazy this year. Might have to give a grilled pizza on Boboli crust a try 😉

    • If I could possibly maintain a herb garden I would love to have one, Jeri! So, I’m envious of yours! That sounds great…I love pesto! I’m usually hungry as heck after writing those food posts ha, ha 🙂

  25. That looks so delicious. If I had to live on one food, it would probably be pizza!

  26. I am very impressed by your efforts in the kitchen. You take the visual part of the meal seriously and it shows in how gorgeous this pizza is.

    I’m with you on basil I grow it and can’t get enough of the fresh stuff. Perhaps you’d like to offer online cooking classes It would be nice if my wonderful hubby had even 1% of the interest in cooking that you have.

    Hope you and Phoenix are thoroughly enjoying each others company this summer. I think Torrie is glad we’re gone for a week so she doesn’t have to climb any mountains.

    • What a nice comment and thank you so very, Leigh! Yes, yes on basil 🙂 Your compliments make me say, “Ah shucks…” 🙂 Torrie may enjoy the break but I know she will miss you guys terribly! Just just reminded me of when you were in Southern California just now and your husband missing her 🙂

  27. Thank you Mike for the kind shootout. As the fabulous looking pizza shows you have a generous attitude to not only dogs but people and food as well. Keep up the good work 🙂

    • You are very welcome, Mette, and it was very deserved of by you! Yes, Phoenix and I do our best pay it forward always 🙂 We hope you’re having a great week! 🙂

  28. The pizza looks awesome! Your efforts are seriously noteworthy! I can never work that hard in the kitchen! but this is inspiring me! May be I will try your recipe!

    • Hi Rashmi, I do admit that it took a bit of time and effort but often the best dishes usually do! Thank you for the compliment!! 🙂

  29. As always, Mike, your dinner looks delicious. I would have bought the Boboli as well…but my daughter chastises me everytime. She will NOT settle for any pizza dough that’s not hand-tossed…brat! Hi to Phoenix!

    • LOL…I can already picture Phoenix were I too even think to attempt to toss a pizza dough! One or the both of us will likely get covered in it. But, that does sounds amazing and there is nothing like homemade dough. Phoenix says hi back 🙂

  30. Mike, move that pizza out of the way…I’m trying to listen and watch Phoenix…
    What a character. I just love the captions. I bet that is EXACTLY what he is thinking!
    I do not like goat cheese. Someone had told me that if you think about barn while eating it, you can actually taste barn. Maybe I’m just eating bad cheese? Damn Canadians.
    Have you tried to make your own dough?
    You haven’t lived until you’ve nailed your thumb to a wall.
    Well if it is you we are talking about then yes, you have probably nailed your thumb to a wall. I shouldn’t mention the great stapler incident of 2003 right?

    • Yes, methinks you haven’t eaten good cheese, Kimberly! LOL…”a barn..” Still laughing over that!! No, I haven’t tried making my own dough yet! Dough in general and I have not come to a mutual understanding but will someday work on that again 🙂

      And you are being totally psychic about the nail and hammer!! OMG…it’s in my next post!! Wow..

      Waiting on the StaplerGate, dear!! 🙂

  31. Love the way that cheese melted – Yum!

    • Thank you, Maria, and melted cheese is never a bad thing! We hope you are doing great! 🙂

  32. A pint of beer and slice of veggie pizza! What else to wish for?! A great food story, as always.

    • Agreed, Alex, and I think beer and pizza are a must combination! Thank you for the compliment 🙂

  33. Yum! Well, except for the peppers. I’m not a pepper fan but I’d remove those add something equally as good. My son on the other hand would probably love this. He’s a big pepper fan. Especially sweet peppers.

    • That’s the wonderful thing about this or heck any pizza for that matter, Krystle. You can add/omit any ingredients you like. In your case doing a half an half pie would work great for you guys! 🙂

  34. So yummy! That seems to be amazing!

    • It was most definitely amazing and this coming from someone who likes meat on his pizza but is very open minded to all cuisine, Claudia! 🙂

  35. hahaha, this post made me smile – pizza looks awesome too!

    • Phoenix and I had so much fun cooking together, Alicia! Though he had to stay out of the kitchen but he watched a few feet away always 🙂 That pizza was insanely good btw. Have a great day! 🙂

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