Grilled Pizza with Lemon-Thyme Ricotta and Fennel Sauce

June 10, 2010
2 Ratings
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

I used a blender to puree the fennel, onion, and apple, but I think a good variation on this would be to simply sqeeze lemon over them, splash on a little white wine, toss, and put them on the pizza as a topping. —clintonhillbilly

What You'll Need
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1-2 tbsp fresh chopped thyme
  • 8 ounces ricotta
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 fennel bulb, sliced
  • 1/2 large onion
  • 1 apple, diced
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 2 splashes white wine
  • 1 splash white balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 package prepared pizza dough
  1. Combine ricotta with honey, lemon zest, 1 tbsp lemon juice, and chopped thyme.
  2. Heat grill to high. Place fennel slices and 1/2 onion on grill. Do not slice the onion. Don't worry if you lose a few fennel slices through the grate. When they are browned, flip them. Tongs are easier than a spatula so that you can place them back on the grate without losing them.
  3. Remove onion and fennel from grill and chop.
  4. Combine diced apples. pine nuts, and chopped fennel and onion in a bowl or in a blender.
  5. If using as a topping, splash on a little white wine vinegar squeeze half a lemon over mixture, grind on some black pepper, and toss. If making a sauce, puree, adding a little water.
  6. Roll out pizza dough and oil both sides with olive oil. Place on grill and flip after 1-2 minutes.
  7. Remove from grill and top with ricotta and fennel topping to taste. Place back on the grill for a minute or two if desired.

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Recipe by: clintonhillbilly

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5 Reviews

clintonhillbilly June 10, 2010
Hmm, what is available in your area now?
clintonhillbilly June 11, 2010
I was thinking about it -- I think stone fruits would work well.
clintonhillbilly June 10, 2010
Awesome, I hope you enjoy it! I'm sure it will be much better with homemade dough.
AntoniaJames June 10, 2010
We won't get local apples for at least another month . . . what would you use instead, in the meantime? Thanks! ;o)
AntoniaJames June 10, 2010
Amazing recipe. What a brilliant combination of sweet, savory, vinegary, ooooh, this makes my mouth water just reading it. Really looking forward to making this, but will hand dice the toppings, and use my own dough (of course . . . perhaps slipping some thyme leaves in it, just for good measure). Love this!! ;o)