Post # 95 Pizza Recipe for the Grill

February 25, 2013 at 2:07 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Post # 95 Pizza Recipe for the Grill

Pizza traditionally is made on a pizza stone.  That’s simply a flat surface heated in the oven that the raw pizza is put on.  It cooks the pizza dough from the bottom while the ambient heat cooks the pizza from the top.  This ensures evenly cooked pizza with a crunchy crust, bubbly sauce, and melted cheese.  Most people tend to think oven, or pizza oven when thinking pizza.  I’m going to tell you about a way to grill pizza on a gas grill that will produce the same results and a great grilled flavor!

You need to used a very sturdy dough, preferably homemade.  Here’s my favorite:

  1. 1/2 cup water
  2. 1 Tbl olive oil
  3. 1 cup bread flour
  4. 1 tsp sugar
  5. 1/2 tsp salt
  6. 1/2 tsp rapid rise yeast

Using your favorite method for making dough (I prefer the bread machine), mix everything together (dry ingredients first) until a firm dough ball is formed.  Turn the dough into a lightly oiled bowl and turn the dough to coat all sides.  Cover tightly and leave in a warm spot to double in volume, 1 to 2 hours.  When the dough is doubled, punch down and turn out on to a floured surface.  Cut the dough into two equal pieces.  Form each piece into a smooth ball.  Press the dough rounds flat with your hands, cover with plastic, and let rest for about 15 minutes.  Starting in the center, gently stretch and press the dough to about 6 – 8 inches in diameter.  Using a floured rolling pin, roll them out to 10 inches in diameter on a piece of parchment paper.  *TIP:  If you trace a 10 inch circle on the underside of the parchment paper, it makes rolling out the dough easier.  Cover and set aside.

Get the grill ready by lighting it and setting it on HIGH.  After 10 minutes, scrape the grill, and using tongs and a tightly folded paper towel, lightly oil the grate.  Wait for the flare ups to subside, then reduce the heat on one half of the grill to MEDIUM.  Take both dough rounds to the grill.  Place ONE on the cooler side of the grill for about two minutes.  Bubbles will start to form on the surface.  Remove it and place the next one on the grill for two minutes.  Once the dough is seared, take them to your work surface.  Brush the top lightly with olive oil, a flavored one if you prefer.  Garlic olive oil works great!  Slice Plum Tomatoes into 1/4 inch rounds.  Place tomato slices over each pizza crust as thickly or thinly as you prefer.  Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.  Spread a half cup of your favorite shredded cheese over the tomatoes, then spread 1/4 cup of parmesan over that.

Place both pizzas on the cooler side of the grill and close the cover.  Cook until the cheese is melted checking often, about 3-4 minutes.  Remove the pizzas and turn off the grill.  Take pizzas to your work surface, sprinkle lightly with dried basil, cut into wedges and eat!

This can also be done with charcoal or wood burning grills by moving the burning coals to one side of the grill and using the cooler side.  Pay very close attention to avoid burning the crust.

Various toppings, cheeses, sauces, etc. can be used.  Experiment to find your favorite combination and cooking times.  Wonderful stuff!  Enjoy!

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