In this post, I am making grilled pizza. Making pizza at home is cheap and easy, with just a little planning. The best thing is, as with many of my favorite recipes, you can make it different every time!
I love a recipe that can be changed up with the season, with your food preferences, or simply with what's available in your refrigerator.
I was scared the first time I ever made pizza dough on the grill. I had seen people do it on Food Network, but I just couldn't believe it wasn't going to make a huge mess of my grill grates. It turned out fine. Better than fine actually, because the black grill marks add so much flavor to the pizza that it's now my favorite way to make it.
When the weather isn't great, I have even cooked the dough on a stove-top grill pan, which works almost as well.
I prefer to make my own dough because 1) it's cheap 2) I know there aren't any additives 3) I can add additional flavor to the crust. It takes a little planning to be sure there is time for the dough to rise, but you can also mix it up the night before, put it in the fridge, pull it out when you get home from work, and be grilling in 30 minutes.
I almost always have a jar of pizza sauce in my pantry and some sort of cheese in my refrigerator. Therefore, I can throw together a grilled pizza almost anytime. However, I like to be a little more creative with my toppings. Sometimes I plan it out and buy ingredients for a planned pizza night, but often I'm just looking through my fridge and pantry to see what I can come up with. Leftover grilled veggies? Perfect. Green olives and sliced mushrooms? Yummo. A half-used jar of sundried tomatoes and some fresh basil? Delish. Just sauce and cheese? Top it with a handful of dressed salad greens and viola, you have salad pizza. The options are endless, so get creative!
For the dough:
· ¾ c warm water
· 1 tsp maple syrup
· 1 tsp yeast
· 2 c flour
· 1 tsp salt
· 1 TBSP olive oil
· 1 tsp garlic powder (optional)
· 1 tsp oregano (optional)
· Whatever you want!
1. Prep the yeast. Combine the water, yeast, and maple syrup. Set aside
2. Dry ingredients. In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, olive oil and herbs. Stir to combine.
3. Add the wet stuff. Pour the water/yeast mixture into the flour. Stir until combined then use your hands to fold it a few times. Transfer to an oiled glass bowl and allow to rise for about 2 hours.
4. Prep for the grill. Divide the dough in half. Roll each piece out to make 2 personal-sized pizzas. Place on a preheated grill and cook a few minutes on each side until it is cooked through and has some grill marks.
5. Add toppings. Add topping and place back on the grill or in preheated oven (350F) to heat through and melt the cheese.
6. Serve. And enjoy!!!!