Grilled Crab Pizza with Artichoke and Speck

 Grilled Crab Pizza with Artichoke and Speck

Grilled Crab Pizza with Artichoke and Bacon is super easy to prepare and delicious hot or cold and perfect folded over like a sandwich and eaten with your hands. When grilling with crab meat it’s important to note that it can dry out very quickly: to prevent this from happening make sure to drizzle the crab meat with a little of the artichoke marinade. Another  option would be to add a little ricotta cheese to the crab meat and lightly mix it before placing it on the pizza.
 Grilled Crab Pizza with Artichoke and Speck
Makes 4 servings For the Pizza:
1 tablespoon flour, if necessary when rolling out the pizza dough
1 Homemade or store-bought Pizza Dough (for an 12-inch pizza) Click here for recipe for Homemade Dough
olive oil spray
16 ounces marinara sauce
For the Toppings:16 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
½ pound fresh backfin crab meat, picked through for shells
Handful of marinated artichokes quarters, sliced thin; reserve a little of the marinade to drizzle on the crab meat
3 pieces of Sliced Speck

If you are using a charcoal grill, prepare the fire for medium high heat. If you are using a gas grill, turn it on medium high heat. Place a pizza stone on the grates leaving a little space for the Sliced Speck to cook. Make sure the grates are well-seasoned.

Prepare the pizza. On floured surface, turn out the pizza dough. Begin rolling out the dough with a floured wooden rolling pin to form a 12-inch circle or four 4-inch squares no thicker than ¼ inch. The crust should be very thin. Lightly spray the pizza pan with the olive oil spray. Transfer the rolled-out dough onto a pizza pan. Swirl the marinara sauce around the center of the pizza, leaving a ½-inch bare ring around the outside. Lightly spray the exposed crust with olive oil.

Cover the pizza with the shredded cheese, crab meat and artichoke slices. Make sure the crab meat is covered with a little of the artichoke liquid to prevent drying out.

Carefully place the pizza on the pizza stone and lay the Sliced Speck directly on the grates. Cook the Sliced Speck for about 4 to 5 minutes per side until it is cooked and slightly crispy. When the bacon is done remove it from the grill and chop it up and place it directly into the pizza (even if it is still cooking).

Grill the pizza for 15 minutes, or until the cheese has melted and the crust is cooked and golden brown. Depending on your grill, this cooking time may vary. When the pizza is done, remove it from the grill and serve immediately.