Today I want to share with you one of our favorite family meals.
A few weeks months back I mentioned that we made grilled pizza. I received so many comments asking how we did that or how good that sounded that I knew I needed to do a blog post about it. So here I am finally writing it all down.
Pizza is one of our family favorite meals. It is affordable, easy and everyone loves it. I usually make this pizza in the oven but in the summer months the least thing I want to do is crank the oven up to 400 degrees for an hour to make dinner. So I tried grilling the pizza and the results have been amazing.
Pizza Crust Recipe
Any crust will likely work with this method but this is the one we love.
It makes a great thin, crispy crust.
4 Cups flour
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 heaping tsp yeast
1 heaping tsp salt.Masa flour (for rolling the crust out later)
I simply throw everything in the mixer and let it do all the work for me for about 5-8 minutes.
Place in a lightly oiled bowl and let rise until ready to use. I generally do this about 1-2 hours before dinner.
When you’re ready to start dinner go turn your grill on. I light every burner and turn them all down to their lowest setting then close the lid.
I usually divide my dough up into 3 pieces. This recipe will make 3 large pizzas, 4 medium pizzas or 6 small pizzas. Roll it out to your desired thinness. We love a good crisp crust so I typically go as thin as I can without tearing the dough. You may find it easier to lightly flour your work space before you begin.
Once the crust is your desired thinness generously sprinkle one side with masa flour. This will be the side you lay down on the grill and will help to keep the dough from sticking.
Dough rolled, grill clean and hot your ready to cook.
Gently and carefully pull the dough off the counter. The less flour you use, the more difficult this will be. The dough will want to pull and stretch a bit and you obviously don’t want holes in your pizza.
Once the dough is up here is my fancy method for taking it out.
I am sure you could use a paddle or baking tray but I just lay it on my arm and go.
Since we are going for a good crispy crust I always find it best to pre-bake the crust a bit. I put it on the grill for 1:30 seconds to 3 minutes (time depends on the size of the pizza).
Another important note is to always keep the lid closed!
With the crust done we are ready for sauce and toppings.
Aldi garlic salt is my secret pizza ingredient. It is the last thing I put on every pizza I make and boy does it make a huge difference. The husband can even tell if I happen to forget.
With the toppings on I take the pizza back to the grill to finish baking.
It will bake with the lid closed for about 5 minutes, give or take a bit. When the cheese is melted and bubbly I know it is done.
And there you have it, grilled pizza!
Simple, delicious, and a crowd pleaser.
Let’s not forget to mention that clean up is a cinch and your house isn’t 80 degrees when your done.
Home made pizza in the summer just got about 10 times better.
I hope your family loves it as much as mine does.