This is a sponsored post for HemisFares™ brand that is available exclusively at Kroger family of stores. All opinions are honest and 100% my own.
Wood Fired Pizza is a summer staple at our house. There is just something about a super crispy caramelized crust fresh off the grill that makes eating a pizza more like a life-changing experience. The better pizza places in the world know that a good, hot fire is the secret to amazing pizza and we’re applying all of those principles to these backyard gourmet wood fired pizzas. The crust is homemade, but incredibly simple. I personally feel like the crust is the key to amazing pizzas and I tried several variations before I landed on one that seems made for the grill. Side note- my crust recipe calls for olive oil and I’ve been in love with the olive oil I used on my grilled flat iron steaks a few weeks ago.
The good news is, you don’t need a thousand dollar brick pizza oven in your backyard to get that coveted crunchy crust! I whipped these pizzas up on a regular Monday night for my family using hardwood lump charcoal and two zones of heat in my kettle grill. If you don’t have charcoal, you can follow the same method detailed in the recipe using direct and indirect zones of heat with a gas grill (you’ll just be missing a little of that wood-fired pizza flavor).
Now that we’ve got the crust, it’s time to chat toppings. That’s where I knew the Red Pesto (Find no. 49) from HemisFares was going to come in. This red pesto is a condiment imported from the Piemonte region of Italy made from sweet and tart sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts, fresh basil, and garlic. Sounds good enough to eat on its’ own, but spread that magic on a grilled pizza crust and we’ve got dinner nirvana. Since the sauce has so much goodness going on, I kept the rest of the toppings simple and complementary. Fresh mozzarella, juicy grilled chicken, and gorgeous cherry tomatoes and fresh basil from my garden. This wood fired pizza eats like a meal, and I could have it breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It is SO good!
If you want to get your hands on some of this tasty HemisFares Red Pesto, check your local Kroger store. The products are slowly rolling out nationwide! For more information on HemisFares you can check out the website HemisFaresFinds.com or facebook.com/Hemisfares.