Pizza for Everyone!

Tomato & Basil

Artichoke, Caramelized Onions & Prosciutto

BBQ Chicken

Pizzas on the grill have always sounded so amazing to me and last night I took the plunge. It required hardly any cooking, just some prep work and a hot grill. With a little help from my mom and husband, we figured it out and it was delicious. We made the three varieties above and really you could make this any way you would like. I bought the pizza dough from Trader Joe's, but you could certainly make your own or pick up some from your local pizza place. Everything I used for the pizzas was store bought, except for the caramelized onions, which you can get the recipe for here. I would absolutely make this again and it was a blast to prepare. At one point dough was spinning in the air and someone was using a fake Italian accent, brilliant.

Grilled Pizza
Forks & Amusement 2010

For the Crust:
Pizza dough (from scratch or store bought), at room temperature
Olive Oil
Optional: Pizza Peel

Preheat grill to high heat. Place pizza dough on a well floured surface, sprinkle top with more flour and roll out until 1/4 inch thick. You can use your hands, a rolling pin, anything you would like. If the dough is not stretching, add more flour and pick up with both hands. Work dough in a circular motion all the way around using gravity to stretch it. This process was not easy, but keep at it and add more flour as needed. Once dough is 1/4 inch thick, transfer to floured pizza peel or any serving tray big enough and brush top with olive oil.

Brush grill with olive oil, then flip crust onto the grill, oiled side down. Brush top with olive oil now. Allow crust to cook until it is set enough to flip over, about 2-5 minutes depending on the size of your pizza. Carefully flip over the crust using tongs/spatula/pizza peel/all of the above! Top pizza with desired toppings (some ideas below) and place cover over grill. Cook until crust is set and toppings are warmed, cheese is melted if using, about 5 minutes. Eat as soon as cooled!

For the Toppings:
Use whatever you would like! This is a great way to run through some of those items in your fridge or pantry that you want to try or eat! Pasta sauce, sun dried tomatoes, pears, brie, sliced turkey, bacon, zucchini, yada, yada, yada!

Here is what I used for my three pizzas

Tomato & Basil: jarred pizza sauce, freshly chopped basil, shredded mozzarella

Artichoke, Caramelized Onion & Prosciutto: jarred artichoke spread, caramelized onions, prosciutto (my fave of the 3)
BBQ Chicken: BBQ sauce, shredded rotisserie chicken, shredded Monterrey jack and cheddar cheese, cilantro

I hope you play with this and make it your own. So yummy and a great meal to enjoy outdoors with a salad and a glass of wine.


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