Monday, June 15, 2009

Pizza on the Grill

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I know, it doesn't seem like something that would really work, but it does and it's wonderfully delicious! I saw the recipe and just wasn't completely convinced that the dough wouldn't fall through the grill grates, or get stuck, or burn or something else terribly tragic.

Here's how it goes:

Pizza dough:
  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 pinch white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
Toppings: {use whatever you like, but this is what the recipe said}
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup sliced black olives
  • 1/4 cup roasted red peppers
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
In a bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water, and mix in sugar. Proof for ten minutes, or until frothy. Mix in the salt, olive oil, and flour until dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Turn onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth, about 8 minutes. Place dough in a well oiled bowl, and cover with a damp cloth. Set aside to rise until doubled, about 1 hour. Punch down, and knead in garlic and basil. Set aside to rise for 1 more hour, or until doubled again.

Preheat grill for med-high heat. Heat olive oil with garlic for 30 seconds in the microwave. Set aside. Punch down dough, and divide in half. Form each half into an oblong shape 3/8 to 1/2 inch thick. We actually made ours into 4 circles for ease of flipping and so the kids would each have their own pizza to "decorate".

Brush grill grate with garlic flavored olive oil. Carefully place one or two pieces of dough on hot grill. The dough will begin to puff almost immediately. When the bottom crust has lightly browned, take the crust off the grill and place on a cookie sheet with the COOKED SIDE UP. Working quickly, brush oil over crust, and then brush with tomato sauce. Arrange your toppings and cheese as you choose. Here is what we used:

Roasted red peppers, fresh basil, roma tomatoes, ham, black olives, fresh mozzarella & roasted garlic tomato sauce. We also added shredded Italian blend cheese on top.

2 of the kids pizzas {notice the happy face pizza made by Corban}

Place your pizza back on the grill and CLOSE THE LID, and cook until the cheese melts. Remove from grill, and set aside to cool for a few minutes while you prepare the rest of the pizza.

We did 2 of the crusts and removed them from the grill for the kids to put their toppings on and meanwhile did the first side of the other 2 crusts. The first 2 went back on the grill while we topped the last 2 and when the first 2 were mostly done I moved them to the top part of the grill to just continue to melt the cheese. {clear as mud, right? trust me it's easy...I just make it sound difficult}

They were very easy and delicious and something I'm sure we will do often this summer. I am determined to use the grill as much as possible so as not to heat up the kitchen when it's 90° out.

Make sure you visit Tasty Tuesday and Tempt my Tummy Tuesday , Foodie Fridays & Friday Feasts for more great recipes.

11 comments:

  1. yummy! love the face, what a nice touch.

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  2. Hi!
    Sounds delicious! I love pizza, never tried it on the grill. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day!!

    Sherrie
    http://100sweets.blogspot.com/2009/06/tempt-my-tummy-tuesday_16.html

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  3. What a super fun twist on homemade pizza, and they look so cute!

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  4. those look sooo good, I've always wanted to try pizza's on the grill perhaps we'll give this a try
    Helen

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  5. Look great.Thanks for the recipe and linking to TMTT.

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  6. I have had this before and its SO delicious!

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  7. We've done that before too and it is DELISH! So fun too!! I love experimenting with homemade pizza!!

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  8. Chris and I were just talking about homemade pizza dough... thanks!

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  9. I've seen this done on tv but never had the guts to try it out...i'm sure i'd make a big mess of the grill-but your pizzas do look really good...i'll have to try it this summer! thanks for the recipe & tips!

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  10. Don't you just love this pizza? Since we started doing it on the grill, my Hubs doesn't want it any other way.

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  11. I have always wanted to try pizza on the grill.. that would be a fun Father's day meal too! Thanks for the idea!
    ~Rainey~

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