Mix Up Your Dinner Routine - Grilled Pizza anyone?

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It's summer, which means that it's grilling season. I get pretty excited about firing up the grill because I'm not the one who cooks on the grill at our house. Jared handles all of that. He handles the grill and I do everything else, so it ends up being a meal that we prepare together. We're a little tired of grilled chicken, steaks and pork chops so last night we tried something different....homemade pizza on the grill.  

I found the recipe here for the dough here, but I’m including it below as well. And, if you don't want to mess with making dough yourself, you can usually find pre-made dough at the grocery story that you can roll out yourself. There's really no need to make it harder than it needs to be. 

Prepping the Grill for Pizza
First, heat your grill for 5-10 minutes on the medium-high setting. If you’re using charcoal, you may have to let it sit a little longer. If you're using a pizza stone, go ahead and put that on the grill so that it can heat up as well. A pizza stone will help give your pizza crispy crust. I found mine yesterday in the grilling section at Elliot's Hardware in Casa Linda. If you don't have a pizza stone, don't worry, you can simply cook the pizza on a piece of aluminum foil. Pro tip: put a little cornmeal either on the pizza stone or aluminum foil so that the finished pizza easily slide off the cooking surface.

How to Grill Your Pizza
Once you’re ready to put the pizza on the grill, make sure to have everything else ready to go because the pizza cooks quickly; no running back inside for those tongs.

Place the pizzas onto the grill, and depending on the size of the grill, it’s recommended to do 1–2 at a time. Close the lid for about 60–90 seconds, then keep checking about every minute. After the cheese has started to melt, keep the lid open and use your tong or spatula to check the bottom of the crust. When the crust is golden brown, pull it off.

It should take around 3–4 minutes for the pizza to cook.

Dough Ingredients 

·         1 cup very warm water

·         1 tablespoon active yeast

·         1/4 cup granulated sugar

·         1 tablespoon honey

·         3 tablespoons olive oil

·         1/2 teaspoon salt

·         1 tablespoon Italian seasoning

·         2 1/2 – 3 1/2 cups flour

·         Pizza Sauce

·         Mozzarella Cheese

·         Favorite Pizza Toppings 

Instructions

1.       Pour the warm water into your mixer bowl.

2.       Sprinkle the yeast, sugar, and honey on top.

3.       Let the yeast water sit for 5 minutes. Then, mix until everything is dissolved.

4.       Add oil, salt, and Italian seasoning.

5.       Add 2 1/2 cups of flour.

6.       Add the dough hook to your mixer and mix on speed 2 (low) until combined.

7.       If the dough is sticking to the bowl, add 1/4 cup of flour at a time. Let it combine and add more flour if needed until dough is no longer sticking to the sides.

8.       When it’s no longer sticking to the sides, let it continue to mix on low for another 2-3 minutes.

9.       Take about 1 teaspoon of olive oil to a large bowl and rub all the sides with the olive oil to coat.

10.   Place the dough in the oiled bowl and let it rise until doubled in size, about 45-60 minutes.

11.   Preheat grill

12.   Prepare Pizzas

We did two pizzas - one for him and one for me. Jared's was topped with pancetta and sundried tomatoes. While I opted for caramelized onions, mushrooms and spinach. 

While cleaning up, I noticed Sully was licking one of the plates in the dishwasher and left his ball for me to find.

That's all for now. I hope you have enjoyed the blog and feel inspired to start to mix things up in the kitchen and on the grill. 

Bon appetit!