Grilled Sausage and Vegetable Pizza is one of my favourite summer pizzas. I have a dozen or so favourite pizza recipes and this small collection of interesting flavour combinations keeps me excited about pizza all year long.
Friday Pizza for a Gluten Free Lifestyle
There is no denying that pizza is everywhere in our culture. Although gluten free pizza is more available than ever, people on a gluten free diet are excluded from many events because of the pizza.
That's why I recommend you just rethink pizza. The social events are not going to change but knowing you can make amazing pizza at home and know how to throw a real Pizza Party can make all the difference.
Homemade pizza doesn't have to be laborious. It should be a fun activity and making it fun is up to you. Cook with friends, or not. Play loud music and drink wine or enjoy a more relaxing pace and catch up on the events of the week.
We enjoy listening to music, drinking wine and inventing new topping combinations. By the time the pizza is done we're ready for a movie. That's a common Friday Pizza Night in our house.
'All The Things' for Homemade Pizza
If you embrace the idea of making pizza at home there is no shortage of pizza paraphernalia you can acquire. There are pizza pans with holes in the bottom or pizza stones for perfectly browned crusts. The pizza peel is for moving your pizza in and out of the oven.
To cut your pizza there is the typical pizza wheel, the funky new Kitchy pizza cutter wheel or the restaurant style pizza cutter rocker. Some people are serious about their pizza and gluten free cooks do that too.
If you always put the same toppings on your pizza you are pretty much going to get the same taste. If you're looking for something amazing you must be willing to use different ingredients.
My Grilled Sausage and Vegetable Pizza uses fresh tomatoes rather than a tomato-based pizza sauce. The sausage and vegetables are all grilled and the addition of goat cheese adds some punch.
The finished pizza is then topped with a garlicy drizzle of rosemary-infused oil and balsamic. It is essential and must be tasted to be believed.
If you don't have balsamic vinegar in your kitchen check out this post; Balsamic Glaze vs Balsamic vinegar. Then go buy both and look forward to using them!
Gluten Free Pizza Crust: Store Bought vs Homemade
There was a time when I made pizza crust from scratch and I have definitely cooked raw pizza dough on the grill. When you're new to gluten free I recommend you focus on finding amazing versions of the foods you miss and will make often.
Once everyone in your house wants to eat your gluten free baking then you can move on to more challenging foods like homemade pizza dough, pasta and on and on.
To start your adventure into gluten free pizza use a store bought precooked crust. Try a few and see what you think. There are gluten free pizza crusts in the freezer section of many grocery stores now and some of them are very good.
For this Grilled Sausage and Vegetable Pizza both the topping and crust are grilled. I removed my frozen pizza crust from the freezer just as I started to prep. Cooking it on the grill worked perfectly but of course you can cook it in the oven.
Either way this combination of grilled vegetables, three cheeses and the balsamic vinaigrette makes for a unique, amazing summer pizza. Let me know what you think in the comments below.
Originally posted 2018, updated April 2023.
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Grilled Sausage and Vegetable Pizza
- 2 - 10 inch precooked, gluten free pizza crusts
- 6 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary (or 1 teaspoon dried)
PIZZA TOPPINGS TO GRILL
- 8 oz gluten free Italian sausages, mild or spicy
- 1 red pepper, cut in 4
- 1 yellow pepper, cut in 4
- ½ red onion, cut into 2 thick slices, skewered
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella
- ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 tomato, diced
- 3 green onions (green part only), sliced thin
- 4 oz crumbled goat cheese
- Whisk together oil, vinegar, garlic and rosemary. Set aside.
PIZZA TOPPINGS TO GRILL
- Preheat barbecue. Brush sausage, peppers and onion with some of the vinaigrette. Set remainder aside for finishing.
- Grill sausage until cooked and vegetables until blackened. Cool, cut as desired and set aside.
GRILLING PRECOOKED PIZZA DOUGH
- Use package directions on your pizza crust as a guide. Grill one side of each pizza crust for 2 minutes or until nicely browned. Transfer to pizza peel or large cutting board.
- Work with one crust at a time to enjoy hot pizza with every bite! Evenly sprinkle the cooked side of each crust with mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.
- Top with Italian sausage, peppers and red onion.
- Crumble goat cheese over pizza.
- Sprinkle with chopped tomato and green onion.
- Return pizza to barbecue to melt the cheese and crisp the bottom crust, 3-5 minutes. If the barbecue is too hot turn it down or off.*
- Drizzle each pizza with 1½ tablespoon vinaigrette. Cut and serve.