I got adventurous this past weekend and made grilled pizzas. I cheated and got the dough from Stop and Shop @ $1.99 per package. One package makes about two 8 inch pizzas. You can also make your dough or buy some from your local pizza place. It is best to get the dough to room temperature before shaping it.
One thing to remember about grilling pizza is to make sure you have the toppings prepared BEFORE turning on the grill:
o Sauté any vegetables
o Cut up the meat
o Shred the cheeses
o Pizza sauce in a bowl
o Bowl of vegetable oil, seasoned with dried Italian seasoning, needs to be on hand – with a basting brush.
I could explain how to shape the dough into a circle, but since I had to look up the “how to” on YouTube, here is the link I used for the instructions: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiyZoCTB63M
Now, this Chef in this video made it seem very easy, but for some reason my pizza crust did not keep its’ shape at all, even after following the directions in the video. In fact, my pizzas looked more like the states of Utah or Mississippi- rather than a circle. But the beauty of homemade grilled pizza is that it looks homemade and my pizza was the homeliest looking pizza I have ever laid eyes on.
I made 4 varieties:
These 3 were topped with Cheddar & Mozzarella Cheese
· Chicken sausage & bacon pizza
· Sautéed onions, buffalo chicken & bacon pizza
· Chicken sausage & pepperoni pizza
For the buffalo chicken I used cooked chicken and coated it with buffalo wing sauce.
The last pizza was very different, but it tasted wonderful.
Lox, tomato, & raw red onion pizza.
Lox on a pizza? My grandfather is rolling over in his grave – but it was pretty good and the lox flavor was not smothered by a bagel.
If you are new to the ingredient of lox – it is (as my daughter described it to her friend from PA) salmon for Jewish people (it is actually salmon that has been cured and cold smoked). I used thin slices of tomato and omited the pizza sauce. I think a thin layer of cream cheese would have worked too.
When you grill the pizza, brush one side of the dough with the oil. Place oiled side down on prepared hot grill, brush the other side of the crust with oil, close the lid and let it cook for about 4 minutes. Turn the crust over and spread a thin layer of pizza sauce, layer your toppings, and then the cheese. Less is more for the sauce and cheese. Close the lid and let the cheese melt and crust cook for about 3-4 minutes.
Remove the pizza onto a cookie sheet or large cutting board. Let the pizza sit for about 5 minutes. Cut into whatever shape pleases you and serve.
Come up with creative toppings, you never know what delectable you taste combinations you will discover.