Grilled Pizza Tutorial!

So as he guzzled down some delicious rosé while staring at the spice rack for twiced-baked potato inspiration, I managed to get a pretty spot-on-Badger-style tutorial of the grilled pizza extravaganza:

First, make the pizza dough of your choice in a bread maker - we went with the Joy of Cooking recipe.  You can make the dough by hand but it involves lots of kneading and waiting (sounds like a drama queen) and rising and pounding and what have you and quite frankly we didn't want to go that extreme.

After you remove the dough from the breadmaker, pound it down to reduce the volume.

Place in a bowl with a wet towel over it for 2 two hours and let it rise. 

Separate the ball of dough and form french bread-style pizza crusts (5x12"); make sure they're well floured.  Dowse in olive oil.

Now it's grill time...

Cover the grill for ~5 minutes to cool down before you put the crusts on.  After the grill is hot, oil the grates down, then throw the crusts on the grill.

Cook on one side until brown.  Flip and place your toppings on.  Cover the grill.

Cook with the cover on until the crust on the bottom is done.  Cooking time depends on the grill, but it shouldn't take any longer than 7 - 10 minutes (or until crust is brown) combined for both sides. 

Tip - If you make the crust too big, it will be hard to handle and most likely impossible to flip over.  So the key is to make the dough thick and small so it's manageable.  Use plenty of oil as well.  "And don't forget to salt your ingredients accordingly!" (I put this in quotes because seriously, you should have heard the way he said it.  What a nerd :))

For flavors we went with::
carmelized onions + gorgonzola;
roasted red peppers + goat cheese;
soyrizo + boiled corn + cilantro + tomato + cheddar cheese;
homemade spaghetti sauce + mozzarella + pepperoni;
pickled jalepenos + goat cheese

The first 3 were the birthday girl's choice.  I'm clearly a cheese-loving vegetarian in case you wondered.  And boy oh BOY was it a delicious birthday meal.  And I must give props to everyone at the party because it really was kind of a group effort...

Even Charlie thought it was great!


la petite coquine June 22, 2010 at 8:56 PM  

Sounds delicious! I've always been anxious about grilling something that seemed so floppy, but now I have confidence!

Happy belated birthday!

Spice Rack June 23, 2010 at 5:42 AM  

In order to create a fun and delicious spins on familiar foods, you need to do an experiment and familiarize some ingredients to create a one of a kind masterpiece. But lets all face the fact that we cannot do this in just one day of experiment and leaving the kitchen on a great mess. Spice rack can make your kitchen place more organize and stylish.

hip hip gin gin June 23, 2010 at 8:04 AM  

Yay, thank you!! I think what I'm doing wrong is making the pizza crust big and thin so it's too floppy. So excited to try all of these tips and eat some yummy pizza this weekend!!

stephanie June 23, 2010 at 8:51 AM  

yum yum and more yum! i'm gonna have to try this out! thanks for sharing :)

Anonymous,  June 23, 2010 at 10:08 AM  

Yum, I totally have to try this out too! As soon as summer comes to Seattle, I'll be grilling up some pizzas.

Quindome June 23, 2010 at 12:23 PM  

Whooppee! I'm going to try this maybe this weekend. Thanks for the instructions!

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