Grilled Pizza

Grilled Pizza

Grilled pizza, wow! The intense heat of a grill produced blistering, bubbly, crispy crust. You can never get this in any oven at home. For the grill, I don’t even need a pizza stone.

Step 1, prepare the dough. For a family of 3 or 4, 2 cups of flour with 2/3 cup of warm water should yield enough dough. You will need 2 tsp of yeast, 2 tbsp of olive oil. I also like to have flavor in the crust. So I add Italian seasoning and garlic salt. Salt usually hinders the rising, but for thin crust pizza, this is perfectly fine. Let the dough sit in warm place for half an hour.

Since it’s homemade pizza, we don’t want perfect circle like they sell in the store. Roll the dough out to any shape you like. This irregular oval looks beautiful in my eyes, LOL!

Heat the grill to at least 400 degrees and place the pizza dough on open flame. After about 1 minute, the bottom side should have beautiful grill marks and it’s also a bit firm. Flip the pizza crust over. My grill has 3 burners. I had left most and right most burner on at medium high and left the middle burner off. Place the crust in the center (not over flame).

Now, add toppings. This is probably the most fun part of making pizza. They can get as fancy and creative as you want. Or, they can be just plain cheese pizza. Also, it is a great way to finish off whatever is in the refrigerator. Any meat and/or veggie combination would taste really good on pizza. Here I made 2 different kinds.

Hot Italian Sausage, cut to small pieces and browned before hand. With the grease from the sausage, I sauteed onion as well as Jalapeno peppers. For the sauce, I used canned peel tomato, simply crush them into smaller pieces, add some seasoning and spoon onto the crust. I used mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese  liberally on the pizza.

The other one is more like a breakfast pizza, bacon, cheese and egg! Spread seasoned Ricotta cheese mix on the crust, then add cooked bacon. I also added some sauteed onion. Then crack eggs on top of the crust. Sprinkle with some cheddar cheese.

Close the grill and let it cook for 10-15 minutes till the edges are browned and bubbly. Turn once in the middle. Look at the nicely browned edge, melted cheese and the simple deliciousness!

The crust is really crispy. The pizza is so sturdy, it can stay securely on a spatula!

The egg white was set, but the egg yolk was still runny, just the way I like my egg.

Honestly, I won’t have pizza any other way ever again!

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