Game Day Grub – Grilled Pizza with Petit Jean Ham


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Our Game Day Grub-fixing Guru, John Haman, takes us through the art of making a grilled pizza topped with Petit Jean ham. Get your game-day eating face on. This is TASTY!

Well, this team is real, and you know it now. The O-line is bringing it, we have two running-back studs and the coaching staff not only knows how to get a team ready for action, but can actually make defensive adjustments on the fly. I see at least some kind of bowl game in our future, and is it too much to ask that it be in nearby Memphis?

Meanwhile, it’s time to get focused on a complete team effort against Samford, giving us a chance to get some reps for our backup quarterback. And it is also time to make something cool for the amazing tailgate scene at War Memorial Stadium. I say, let’s grill some pizza.

I love every kind of pizza, but there’s something magical about a crisp, thin-crust pie that can stand up to meaty, substantial toppings. If you want your pizza thin and crispy, you need really hot temperatures. And what better to deliver the heat — and the bonus of smoky flavor — than the backyard grill? Grill it at home, or grill it at the game, but please try this recipe. Stay on your toes while the dough is cooking and you will be really pleased with your effort.

Grilled pizza is something you might think is too hard to pull off, but it is truly too good to pass over, especially when you smother it with the smoky and sweet toppings we are putting on our pizzas this week. And what else would you cook a pizza on while tailgating?

I have had a lifelong love affair with Petit Jean ham, made right here in Arkansas, and I am convinced that it is the finest ham in the U.S.  Smoky, salty and simply perfect, Petit Jean might be the best food product made in the state, with small apologies to Diamond Bear beer. Knowing that our pizza would have smoky flavors from the grill, I certainly wanted it to feature Petit Jean ham. A note to the Petit Jean people: Send me a t-shirt; I will wear it proudly.

From there, we created two different variations: the first, a classic Hawaiian with pineapple and ham, and the other a mix of the ham and purple onions. But for a twist, both pizzas would be held together by a creamy-tart blend of three cheeses: mozzarella, sharp cheddar and a little blue. In fact, we used the small amount of blue cheese left over from those amazing blue-cheese burgers of the Gods I developed a couple of blogs ago. Leave out the blue, if you like. A substitute might be parmesan reggiano or pecorino romano.

Continue here for the detailed instructions and ingredients you will need for your grilled pizza.

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