The RV Chronicles — Getting curveballs at the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ (Recipe: Grilled Pita Pizzas)

I‘m fast approaching a year’s worth of tight living space, an even tighter bathroom and coin laundry.

My journey in the Jimmy Rockford began in early August, 2015. For those 17 of you who have trudged through essays written in the ‘dining room’ of my 32-footer, you know full well that I’ve used this virtual space for everything from expressing my loneliness to bitching about poor Internet service and pterodactyl-sized mosquitoes.

It’s been an interesting and mostly fun adventure. But chocolate cake doesn’t taste nearly so good when one eats it daily.

Enter my lover and soul-mate, who recently landed a dream job down here by the Galveston Bay.

‘I was thinking about something and I want to throw it out there,’ she said to me as I drove south on Texas 146 toward my tiny home. ‘If we bought another RV and moved it next door to the Jimmy, we could save a lot of money.’

Then came my pregnant pause.

‘Hello?’

‘Yeah. I’m still here,’ I said. ‘I’m just not sure what you mean about buying another RV.’

‘Oh, we’d buy a used one,’ she replied. ‘I’ve already sent you a link to one.’

‘OK. But … why?’

Her answer sounded wonderful — to someone who hasn’t spent the previous year in a 200 square foot home.

‘…and after a few months of RV living across from the kids, we’d have all the student loans paid off and would be totally debt free. We’d have quite a bit more money to put down on a house.’

Be it a redneck driver deciding to cut immediately in front of me at 75 mph, or a so-called Tex-Mex restaurant bringing me a chimichanga with no sauce, I’m not usually shocked when the unexpected happens. But curveballs from my wife are a different story entirely.

I just hope I can dodge this one long enough for her to change her mind.

—30—

I’ve made a real effort lately to loosen my chinos, and meals like these Grilled Pita Pizzas really help. Pitas make excellent pizza crusts because you get that crispy chew without a time investment. I tend to buy mine, but I’ve also included a delicious homemade version from my friend Shea Goldstein at Dixie Chik Cooks. (It’s also pretty quick to make — just click the link in the recipe.) And the best part, aside from this being a delicious pizza, is the built in portion control.

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Grilled Pita Pizzas

Grilled Pita Pizzas —

Grilled Pita Pizzas — Delicious pizza from the grill in mere minutes

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Grilled Pita Pizzas
 
Grilled Pita Pizzas — Delicious pizza from the grill in mere minutes
Author:
Recipe type: Appetizer/Main
Cuisine: Italian
Ingredients
  • 6 – Pita rounds (about 6-7” in diameter), homemade or storebought
  • 1½ cups – Pizza sauce, homemade or jarred
  • 2 cups – Shredded mozzarella or provolone
  • 6-8 – Fresh basil leaves
  • 2 TB – Extra virgin olive oil
  • Additional toppings of your choice
Instructions
  1. Preheat grill to medium.
  2. Brush both sides of pitas with olive oil.
  3. Place pitas on grill until bottom is slightly charred, about 2 minutes.
  4. Flip pitas, move away from direct flame, then top grilled side with sauce, cheese and basil (and any other toppings you desire).
  5. Grill, covered, for another 3 minutes.
  6. Turn off grill heat and allow to sit for a couple of minutes.
  7. Enjoy!

 

Comments

  1. OK—The Wife sounds like a wise soul….and much braver than I! :) But, you can do anything for a year, right? (As the oven is out again, I am thinking grilled pitas would be awesome and practical….)

    • adamjholland says:

      The grilled pita pizzas are practical, for sure. Catherine is practical too. Maybe too practical at times? ;-)

  2. Wise man to listen to the wife; we always know best ;)

    The grilled pizzas look awesome, and thanks for linking to my pita recipe!

  3. The link is not working for me and I really will have to find that recipe. I was thinking that I could do baked pita chips instead of the wonderful, fabulous, amazing, just like in the restaurant chips that I cannot remember the name of that we get up here. They are killing me, I cannot begin to just eat a few.
    Just walk away Jill. Just walk away.
    I like the pizza idea for the same reason, portion control. I have been off all week, no portion control when I am on a home vacation. My kitchen is my vacation.
    Now, I am going to go find that recipe.

    • adamjholland says:

      Jill – Not sure why the link isn’t working. (It works for me.) I’ll see if I can help out in some way.

  4. Why don’t you suggest that she move into the Jimmy with you for a while before you decide to get another RV? That might hasten the mind changing.

  5. I’ve got pita in the freezer that will be on my grill tonight. I’ll be anxious to hear about the outcome of this life decision. Hail doesn’t make as much noise on a shingled roof … just ‘sayin.

    • adamjholland says:

      I’m anxious to hear the outcome too, Lea Ann. I’d planned on getting back to my ‘Confessions’ on a more regular basis. But who knows? There might be a new column here called ‘Confessions from the Jimmy Rockford.’

  6. Well, I’m with your wife – and it’s such an adventure! it COULD be a reality show , you know! Having student loans paid off sounds heavenly too. Just sayin’….. I love pita an would have not thought of making them i nto grilled pizza. However, we are having kinfolk here this week and one night is the grill – so what better way to let all the kids have what they want? Love it!!

    • adamjholland says:

      Reality show? Oh, my. That would definitely help me get more than 17 loyal readers. Still, I’m not so sure that’d be worth it. ;-)

  7. Your wife does sound practical. As do these pitas that look practical and good. One day I know our paths will cross. Manservant’s parents do live in your neck of the woods. Which means we will be visiting one of these days. You could join us and park the rig next to the 5th wheel!

  8. Hmmm, somehow I missed this post on that date. Have any decisions been made? p.s. we are huge fans of easy pizza on the grill!

    • adamjholland says:

      Better late than never, Kathryn. Glad to see you. Catherine is contracting with a carpenter to build a deck … at the Jimmy Rockford. I guess we’ll be here a few more minutes.

  9. I love this idea & don’t think I would have come up with or tried pita pizza but since it comes highly recommended by none other than my main mentor…you… I’m going to give this a try.

    There is a lot of logic in what Katherine’s proposed although I’m not sure if it would be for me. Just the other day my husband & I were out for a drive and we went by an RV dealer who had a number of them lined up with “for rent”. I just made the passing comment that maybe (key word is maybe) it would be fun to rent one for a vacation so that we could take the dog since she’s very old & has a number of health and anxiety issues. I thought John would run off the road. He looked at me and said “you? really?”. We didn’t discuss it any further so maybe he knows me better than I thought.

    • adamjholland says:

      Mentor? Me? Oh, Diane. Not sure that I should be anyone’s mentor. I’ve even borrowed other folks for my childrens’ sake. ;-) Still, the pita pizzas are outstanding and I urge you to try it. ~ As for the RV thing, I think renting one for a road trip is the way to go. Honestly, this has been fun in a lot of ways — most of them because I love challenges. I can tell you this much though… The RVs look a helluva lot more fun on the lot than they (really are) as a ‘home.’ But, for the record, we intend to eventually trade this one in for a smaller ‘traveling’ version.

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