Four-Cheese Grilled Pesto Pizza

This crowd-pleasing white pizza is lightly charred on the grill and topped with a garlicky pistachio pesto and four cheeses: mozzarella, Fontina, provolone and scamorza (a cow-milk cheese that’s like a dry mozzarella). If scamorza isn’t available, double the amount of mozzarella.

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  • Servings: 4 to 6

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  • 1/2 cup unsalted roasted pistachios
  • 2 small garlic cloves
  • 2 cups lightly packed baby arugula
  • 1 cup lightly packed basil leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup Fontina
  • 1/2 cup provolone
  • 1/2 cup scamorza cheese
  • 1 pound pizza dough

How to make this recipe

  1. In a food processor, pulse the pistachios and garlic until minced. Add the arugula, basil and crushed red pepper and pulse until minced. With the machine on, gradually add the 1/2 cup of oil until incorporated. Add the Parmigiano and pulse to combine. Season the pesto with salt and black pepper.

  2. Light a grill or preheat a grill pan. In a bowl, toss the mozzarella with the Fontina, provolone and <em>scamorza.</em>

  3. Divide the dough into 4 pieces. On a lightly floured work surface, roll or stretch each dough piece to a 10-inch oval, 1/8 inch thick. Brush the dough with oil. Grill each pizza over moderately high heat, turning once, until lightly charred on both sides and puffed, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a work surface. Spread one-fourth of the pesto on top and sprinkle with the cheeses. Season with salt and pepper.

  4. Working in batches if necessary, grill the pizzas over moderately low heat, covered, until the cheese is just melted, about 5 minutes. Cut the pizzas into strips and serve hot.

Contributed By Photo © Lucas Allen

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