Monday, August 26, 2013

Grilled Naan White Pizza Bites




Did I surprise you Aggie?  I just had to be part of the celebration.  I wouldn't have missed it for the world!  You are my sister-in-law and this virtual baby shower is for you and my nephew, Micah!  

We have an Italian themed menu in honor of you and your heritage.  I know how much pizza and Italian food has been such an influence in your life.  After all, your dad has been in the pizza and restaurant business for over 30 years.  You taught me how to make grilled Naan pizzas, so I had to make these Grilled Naan White Pizza Bites for your virtual baby shower.  We have a huge menu below to include: Appetizers, Non-Alcholic Drinks, Salads, Entrees and Desserts.

Aggie, you are so special to me.  You have inspired me in the kitchen and in life.  You encouraged me to start this blog several years ago.  Even though I haven't blogged in over a year, I still cook and bake, I still love to try new recipes, and I still love to share recipes with family and friends.  

We are sooooo happy and excited for you, Larry, Sammy and Gina!  We love you dearly and we're counting down the days (I'm sure you are too) for baby Micah to join the family.            



My funny and fabulous brother Larry, the beautiful Aggie, and my wonderful nephew and niece, Sammy and Gina!  Can't wait until Micah joins the crowd!




Grilled Naan White Pizza Bites
Recipe adapted by Food n' Focus

Serves 4-6

Ingredients


4 Naan Flatbreads (I used Stonefire brand, found in deli section or speciality breads)
8 tablespoons pesto, homemade or store bought (I used Classico brand)
2 large tomatoes, sliced
Fresh Mozzarella, sliced (from deli or speciality cheese section)
Ricotta Cheese
Basil, sliced thin
olive oil

Preparation


Preheat grill to medium heat.  Brush one side of Naan Bread with olive oil.  Place side with olive oil down on grill rack.  Grill for a few minutes until bread starts to get light grill marks and is slightly crisp.  Take off grill, place on baking sheet(s) and set aside.


Spread 2 tablespoons pesto on each of the non-grilled sides of the bread.  Top with mozzarella cheese and tomato slices.  Place a few teaspoons of ricotta cheese around each pizza.  Close grill and cook for about 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.   


Remove from grill, sprinkle with basil and cut into slices.  



Cut into quarters for bite-size pieces



Serve as an appetizer or it's also great as a meal with a salad 


Here's the roundup of recipes from some of Aggie's Blogger friends....what a spread they put out for everyone.


Appetizers

Sundried Tomato Hummus from Robyn of Add a Pinch 
Melon & Prosicutto Balls from Paula of bell'alimento 
Bruschetta from Sheila of Eat2gather 
Jalapeno Poppers from Ali of Gimme Some Oven 
Grilled Naan White Pizza Bites from Jamie of Mom's Cooking Club 
Watermelon Feta Bites with Basil Olive Oil from Sandy of Reluctant Entertainer 
Pesto Caprese Fried Wontons from Julie of The Little Kitchen 
Blue Cheese Wedge Salad Crostini from Cheryl of TidyMom 


Drinks

Toasted Coconut Milkshakes from Bev of Bev Cooks 
Lemon Cream Soda from Angie of Eclectic Recipes 
Peach Sorbet Bellini and Spritzers from Shaina of Food for My Family 
Non Alcoholic Berry Spritzer from Lisa of Jersey Girl Cooks 
Virgin Peach & Raspberry Bellinis from Milisa of Miss in the Kitchen
Italian Basil Sparkling Lemonade from Marly of Namely Marly
Italian Sodas from Laura of Real Mom Kitchen 
Cafe Mocha Punch / or Iced Cafe Mocha from Amy of She Wears Many Hats 


Salads 

Caprese Salad with Mozzarella Crisps from Christine of Cook the Story 
Pesto Pasta Stuffed Tomatoes from Suzanne of Kokocooks 
Grilled Romaine Caesar Salad from Liz of The Lemon Bowl 
Chickpea, Avocado, & Feta Salad from Maria of Two Peas and Their Pod 
Lentil and Chickpea Layered Salad from Lisa of With Style & Grace 


Entrees

Chicken Cacciatore from Meagan of A Zesty Bite 
Zucchini, Bell Pepper & Edamame Stir-Fry from Cassie of Bake Your Day
"Straw & Hay" Tagliatelle in Cream Sauce from Flavia of Flavia's Flavors 
Grilled Naan Pizza with Summer Veggies & Turkey Sausage from Kelley of Mountain Mama Cooks 
Smashed Chickpea and Avocado Panini from Kathy of Panini Happy 


Desserts 

Fresh Blueberry Shortbread with Lemon Cream Frosting from Sommer of A Spicy Perspective
Crostata di Mango from Lora of Cake Duchess 
Italian Ice from Kristen of Dine & Dish 
Roasted Banana and Nutella S'mores Bruschetta from Jenny of Picky Palate 
Italian Cream Cake from Deborah of Taste and Tell 
Panna cotta from Leslie of The Hungry Housewife
Fortune Cookies from Shari of Tickled Red 
Baby Vanilla Bean Scones a la Starbucks from Tara of Unsophisticook


Thank you Liz, Julie and Sandy for hosting and organizing this very special baby shower.  I know Aggie will be thrilled and touched!



Spring Break 2013 in Northern GA...it wasn't very "Springy" but we had a great day together!



Cousin time is special time!  We are looking forward to Micah in joining the dance party.


Mom's Cooking Club Lesson:  Try these other Naan Pizza's for more tastes and flavors....Enjoy!







22 comments:

Sheila said...

I love making pizza with naan! your toppings look amazing!! So glad we suprised Aggie!!

Katie said...

Awe so glad you were able to join in on the fun! Your pizza bites recipe looks delish! I'm sure Aggie is surprised!

Rachel Cooks said...

Loving these naan pizzas! Nice to "meet" you and your blog through this happy occasion!

Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles said...

You are so very blessed to call Aggie family. Whatta gal. Love your naan pizza bites!!

Ali | Gimme Some Oven said...

I adore naan pizzas! These sound so tasty. I'm so glad you were able to join in for the surprise! :)

JulieD said...

This is perfect, I know Aggie would love it! Thank you so much for joining in!!

Marly said...

This recipe looks perfect for a baby shower. So glad to meet you through this virtual shower!

CookTheStory said...

I rally love hte idea of using a naan bread as the base for pizza. Such a quick and delicious meal.

Liz @ The Lemon Bowl said...

Oh I'm so glad you participated!!! Loving these family photos!!! The pizza looks so good!

Sandy said...

These pizzas look fabulous! I wish we could all bring these yummy dishes to Aggie IRL, it would be so FUN! Thanks for sharing in the party!

Suzanne said...

That's so thoughtful to make naan pizza bites as a tribute to Aggie. This dish reminds me of the "naanchos" this one food truck made on the Great Food Truck Race show.

Cookin' Canuck said...

What a touching post! Aggie is truly such a special lady, and I loved seeing these family photos.

Your pizza bites would be such a fun addition to any baby shower, and I have a feeling that my two boys would love these as an after school snack.

Laura said...

Sounds yummy and easy!

Aggie said...

Jamie, your post totally made my day!! I'm so lucky to have you as family, Micah is going to love spending time with you, mike & the girls!
You know I love these naan pizzas, they are perfect!!
Thank you for a wonderful and thoughtful surprise!! xoxo

Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen said...

These pizzas look fantastic! Aggie is such a sweetheart and I'm glad to have met some of Aggie's family through her shower!

Jersey Girl Cooks said...

Great pizza combination and happy to see you blogging! So happy for Aggie!

TidyMom said...

we love to grill pizza, but I've never used naan!! I like a softer crust and the tortillas turn out so crispy, I can't wait to make these!!

Leslie said...

FUN..I love Naan! Perfect for the shower!

Deborah - Taste and Tell said...

I would totally be guilty of eating way too many of these and calling them dinner!

Drew Regan said...

These look delicious! Congrats on your new niece, how wonderful.

Mary Brady said...

I can't believe that I saw this somewhere else! I love to make pizzas on pita bread! My personal favorite is bbq chicken pizza!

Steve Studer said...

I'll try anything that has the word pizza in it. Look great! Thanks.

 
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