From the Kitchen: Grilled Pizza Two Ways
We’ve had a gas grill for about a month now and we LOVE it! Before it, all we had was a charcoal Weber, which we also really love, but the convenience of our new gas Weber is a thousand times better. Needless to say we’ve been grilling a whole lot… I mean like three times a day in some instances (no kidding!). And since we’ve been on this grilling binge, we’ve been trying new foods to keep things fun. I’m a pizzaholic…I don’t care where it comes from- frozen, fresh, hot, cold….yes, please. That being said, pizza was at the top of my list of foods to make on the grill, so last weekend we did just that. We made one grilled veggie pizza with artichoke hearts and ricotta and one BBQ chicken pizza (a la CPK). Since pizza is one of those “put your own spin on it” kinda foods, this here is more of my process rather than a concrete recipe. I suggest you find your favorite toppings and go with those. I will say this, however, the grilled veggie pizza above was maybe one of the best pizzas I have EVER eaten…just saying.
STEP 1: Season and grill all of your meats and veggies ahead of time. Here, I just used a little bit of salt, pepper, and olive oil on everything. Dice and slice to your liking. Set aside.
*My favorite grilling veggies are: zucchini, bell pepper, mushrooms, onions, asparagus, and corn.
STEP 2: Roll your dough out onto a floured surface (I often use cornmeal or semolina instead of all-purpose which is what I did here).
*We buy our dough from Trader Joe’s usually but when I’m feeling fancy (read not lazy), I like to use this Jaime Oliver recipe.
STEP 3: Heat your grill to about 400° F. Place your dough onto a pizza peel or large board for easy transport to the grill. Before grilling brush olive oil on the dough and grill. Carefully arrange the dough olive oil side down and grill for about 10 minutes with the lid closed. The dough will start to bubble, this is good.
STEP 4: Pull dough off of grill. Place toppings on grilled side of the dough. Carefully return pizza back to the grill and cook for about 15 minutes or until the dough is crisp and cheeses have melted. Serve hot. Voila!
Ingredients I used:
Grilled Veggie Pizza
Trader Joe’s Herb Pizza Dough
BBQ Chicken Pizza
Trader Joe’s Plain Pizza Dough
TJ’s Kansas City Style BBQ sauce
Cave aged Gruyère
dry oregano (sprinkled over the top)
Please Note: All grills are different. Temps may vary. If this is your first rodeo, pay closer attention to make sure your pizza doesn’t burn…. that would be sad.