Hot pizza, straight from the grill!
Summer time means something different to each person. Vacations, trips to the beach, no school, bond fires, picnics, swimming pools, slip n’ slides and cookouts. Summer is all these things to me. Especially grilling. I love being in my kitchen but when it is hot and sticky, I want nothing to do with it. The grill is easy and there is hardly any clean up. And even better, the husband man’s the grill!
After awhile, hamburgers, hot dogs, sausages and BBQ chicken no longer cut it. Well, for me they don’t. I get bored with the same meal over and over again. Enter grilled pizzas. So easy, so quick and yummy. Once you get everything assembled, the rest take about 7-10 minutes till hot pizza is on your table.
First you start off with the pizza dough. You can either make your own or use store bought. Just make sure you let the store bought come to room temp so the dough is easier to handle. Me, I make my own but I do not have my own recipe. I use a fabulous recipe for crust from Sally’s Baking Addiction. It’s been my go-to pizza crust for over a year. It freezes too! Can’t beat that!
Next, gather all the topping that you are going to be putting on your pizza and put them on a tray. Once you put the pizza crust on the grill, you move fast. No time to be running back in the house to grab things.
After turning the grill to high, it’s time to roll out the pizza dough. I highly recommend doing several smaller pizzas or individual ones. One large pizza on the grill is extremely hard to flip without dropping. Trust me on this one. We let the boys roll and top their own and then we do one that is a bit bigger for the hubs and I to share.
Once the pizzas have been rolled out and the grill is preheated, head outside with all of your ingredients, a grill safe spatula and I even use tongs.
Oil grill grates and lay the pizza dough over the cleaned, oiled and debris free area. Close the lid and cook the dough till it is golden brown. Then use the spatula and tongs to help to transfer the pizza to a cookie sheet and flip the dough over. At this point, turn the grill to medium and start to add your toppings (make sure you close the lid though). Whatever topping you would like starting with sauce and ending with cheese. We didn’t cook our mushroom, peppers and spinach first but if you prefer your already cooked, saute them before you get started with grilling. Oh and don’t over load the pizza with toppings. This will make it soggy.
Slide the pizza back on the grill, close the lid and cook till the cheese is melted! Hot cheesy, goodness in no time flat!