Monday, June 7, 2010

Grilled Pizza - Hello!

Okay, so grilled pizza is to die for! So seriously stinkin' good. Grilling the pizza gives the crust a taste and texture that would make you think it's been cooked in a brick pizza oven.

I'm not entirely sure I'll be able to handle home baked pizza again. Well, maybe in November when there's 10 inches of snow outside and I don't feel like shoveling it to reach the grill. But as far as this Summer goes, grilled pizza is all I want. :)

Okay, so we're going to grab a hunk of pizza dough. Feel free to use this recipe, I won't mind. :)

Roll or press it out on a floured surface. Prick it with a fork to prevent air bubbles.

Rub the side facing up with olive oil and sprinkle a touch of cornmeal. 

Throw it on the grill, oil side down. Don't worry about getting it to be perfectly rectangular or circular. I've always thought lopsided pizza had a special little bit of charm.

You'll want to have your toppings handy as soon as you throw the crust on the grill. Mine took about five minutes to crisp up the first side. Once the bottom is nice and golden brown, flip it. Quickly add your toppings and cover the grill for about 5 minutes.

I used olive oil that I infused with garlic (of course!) for the sauce, then fresh mozzarella and spinach to top it off.

Can I just take a moment here and tell y'all how much I love love love fresh mozzarella? It's so smooth and creamy and perfect.

On the flip side, pre-grated mozzarella cheese can ruin a perfectly good pizza. You'll be much better off buying a block of it and spending an extra minute of quality time with your grater.

But if you really want to make your friends and family ooh and aah over dinner, use fresh mozzarella. But slice it (too soft for the grater) and place it sparingly on the pizza because it's going to melt everywhere into a layer of gooey goodness.

I love adding spinach to pizza. Makes me feel like I'm being healthy. :)

Check out the golden brown crust! There are few things more delicious than a crispy pizza crust.

Just saying.

Hello, Delicious!

Halfway through my dinner I felt the need to snap this photo and show y'all what the grilled crust looks like. It took a little while but my husband is now somewhat used to me getting up in the middle of dinner to snap photos. :)

Here's a rough recipe. 

Grilled Pizza (printable recipe)
Serves 4

Pizza dough
Olive oil

Suggested Toppings:
Fresh mozzarella, sliced
Handful of baby spinach
Roasted garlic blended with 4 tbsp. olive oil

Fire up the grill!

Roll out pizza dough fairly thin. Prick with a fork to prevent air bubbles. Rub the top side of the dough with olive oil and sprinkle with a touch of cornmeal. Throw the dough, oil side down, onto your hot grill. Cover. In 3-8 minutes your crust will be golden brown on the bottom. Flip.

As soon as you flip the crust, add your toppings. Close the grill cover. Check on the pizza in 3-5 minutes to see if the bottom is cooked and golden brown.

Cut, serve and enjoy!


  1. This sounds so good. I'm not the griller in the family, but I'm going to try to get Kevin to grill for me and if he doesn't feel qualified, then Xan for sure will. But my comment is to join your chorus about fresh mozzarella. It is sooo good. We did a side by side with our homemade pizza. Grated mozzarella on half and fresh on the other. We all felt like the fresh was so creamy and gooey and didn't add the extra saltiness to the pizza that grated mozzarella does. Keep blogging Sarah, we love it.

  2. I'm all over the fresh mozza. Here's a Q--will this work on a gas grill?

  3. @LeGwen - I know Xan is famous in your house for making pizza so I hope you get him to try out grilling it soon. :)

    @Reagan - I don't see why it wouldn't work on a gas grill. Just make sure it's piping hot. If the grill is hot enough, the dough instantly seizes up and sticks to the grill grate so it won't fall through.

  4. Another home-run Sarah!! My hubs and I made this for dinner tonight with pesto, mozzarella, pineapple, and prosciutto. Let's just say we couldn't stop exclaiming about the awesomeness of this pizza and will never oven-bake again :)


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