Friday, August 29, 2014

Grilled Pizza that will change your life!

Photo Credit:  Kristi Strongo

You just haven't had pizza unless you've had it cooked on the grill.  Or at least that's how I felt when I tasted it for the first time this summer.  AMAZING!  Smokey and flavorful, I think I could have devoured the entire thing, if it weren't for the 20 other people in the room at our Springville Library class.  I could go on and on about how much I love grilled pizza - but instead, here are the simple steps we followed so you can have your own life-altering pizza experience:

First, you'll want to follow our simple steps to making your own homemade pizza.  I suggest using whatever produce is in season - We used mushrooms, zucchini, peppers and fresh tomato with a tomato based sauce on a whole wheat crust.  Yum!!



 
Fantastic!  Now you're ready to grill.  You'll need:
 
Grill with lid, gas or charcoal
Basting brush
Metal tongs
Metal spatula
Baking Stone (optional)
 
To grill - follow these simple steps:
 
  • 1
    Prepare the grill. Heat the grill to a high temperature. This will depend on your grill and whether it is gas or charcoal. Let the grill warm up for 30 minutes.
  • Steps for using a baking stone: 
    Use a pizza grilling stone as one of two ways to grill a pizza. Heat the grill as in step one. Heat the stone as well. Add lots cornmeal and then the pizza dough to the stone. Cook each side of the pizza dough. Flip the pizza dough and add the sauce, cheese, and toppings. Close the grill lid, but check regularly to monitor doneness.  Cook time will vary depending on the heat of your grill and thickness of your crust, but for us it took about 10-12 minutes total.
  • Steps for cooking right on the grill:
    Brush the grill grate with a generous amount of garlic flavored olive oil. Lay the pizza dough on the grill and cook each side of the dough. Lower the grill temperature and place the toppings on the pizza. Close the lid to the grill, but check regularly to monitor doneness.  Cook time will vary depending on the heat of your grill and thickness of your crust, but for us it took about 10-12 minutes total.
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