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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Pizza, grill-style

I'd heard about making pizza on the grill for a long time and we finally decided to give it a go. Since we made it the first time, we've made it several times after. This pizza is FAST and DELICIOUS, two things we love :)

We make our own dough, but you could definitely use store-bought dough if preferred.

The dough recipe we use is based on this recipe.

However, we only use 1 packet of instant yeast and substitute 2 tablespoons of honey instead of sugar.

Once your dough is ready, you roll it out into two pizza-shaped pieces (like you see in the picture above). Heat the grill on high for a few minutes, then carefully transfer your dough to the grill. Close the grill and let the dough cook for about 3 minutes. Use a spatula to check the underside of the dough. You want it to be crispy and brown. Once it appears ready, carefully flip the dough onto a cookie sheet outside of the grill. Now you can apply your sauce and toppings. In this case, we just used a can of tomato sauce and doctored it up with basil and garlic salt. Spread your sauce over the crust and then add your toppings and cheese. Carefully slide the pizza back onto the grill and close, allowing it to cook for another 3 minutes or so. Remove it from the grill once the cheese is melted. Cut into slices and enjoy!

Remember that less is more in terms of sauce and cheese when it comes to grilled pizza. The cheese doesn't have a ton of time to melt, so you don't want to load it on. Also, depending on your toppings, you may need to pre-cook them. For instance, on this pizza we had zucchini, eggplant, and onion, all of which we cooked on the stove until soft before adding to the pizza.

Give grilled pizza a chance, you'll be surprised by how easy and yummy it is!