Saturday, November 10, 2012

Grilled Pizza Fans

My husband and I heard about grilling pizza a few years ago but didn't try it until maybe a year ago. The first time, it was good, really good. We used our charcoal grill and you can imagine the smoky, delicious flavor that gave it. Then we got a gas grill this past spring, so we have been using that a lot, and our poor Weber charcoal grill isn't getting nearly as much love. Gas grills are just so convenient, and you still get some nice smoky flavor. We still love the flavor you get from charcoal, but with the quick warm-up of a gas grill, it's an easy choice most nights.

Back to grilling pizza. I want to share the grilled pizza love with everyone because it's such a tasty twist on the pizza that we already all love.

Grilled Pizza Recipe

We are huge fans of Publix deli pizza dough. I feel sorry for you if you don't have a Publix in your area, but I'm sure your favorite grocery store has pizza dough in the deli section if you ask. You can buy a ball of dough for about $2 at Publix and then top it however you like. You let the dough rise for about an hour and then it's time to roll it out into a pizza crust or two. That takes some muscle, but give it some time and you'll find a decent size ball of dough makes two medium pizzas. For grilling, we recommend these steps once you have it rolled out:

1.  Preheat the grill for a few minutes on high with the cover closed. Gather your sauce and toppings. A tray is great for transporting these to the grill.

2. Once preheated, turn to low. Brush olive oil on one side of the crust and put the pizza(s) down with the oiled side down against the grill grates. Close the grill cover. Tip: Add minced garlic to the olive oil.

3.  Let it get slightly done (enough to "set" but not too brown), then brush olive oil on the side facing up and flip it.

4. Quickly top with sauce, toppings and cheese. Close grill cover.

Grilled Pizza Recipe

5. Keep a close eye on your pizza. You don't want it to burn but do want it to brown. Tip: If your cheese isn't quite as melty as you'd like, try moving the pizza to the top rack along the back of the grill. That will keep it from burning on the bottom but allow the cheese to melt more.

Grilled Pizza Recipe
Look at these beautiful grill marks! Is your mouth watering yet?

Grilled Pizza Recipe

1 comment:

  1. I've been DYING to grill pizzas & have been bugging my husband about it, so will have to make sure to follow your instructions when we do. We also don't have a Publix in our market, so you can go ahead and feel sorry for us ;)