It should be no surprise that I love pizza. I even went to a pizza festival last year where I indulged in unlimited pizza. Give me pineapple, buffalo chicken, barbecue sauce, pepperoni and pretty much any other topping besides anchovies.
I usually make homemade pizza a couple of times a month because it’s cheap, easy and delicious. For those of you who don’t have central air (hello, most of New England!), cooking anything in the oven is off-limits in the summer. And that’s how I discovered one of my favorite summer recipes, grilled pizza! Fire up the grill, grab the dough and toppings because it’s pizza time!
Rollin’ in the dough
I would be lying if I told you I was rollin’ in the dough. Oh, and I would also be lying if I told you that I made my own dough from scratch. Your girl doesn’t have time for that. I’m more of a buy frozen dough at the grocery store kind of girl. My grocery store sells packages of dough that are perfect to make two personal pizzas. All I have to do is thaw it out, sprinkle a little flour on the counter and roll it out to create the foundation of my masterpiece.
Everything but anchovies
I like to use grilled pizza night as a way to clean out the fridge and use up anything that would be tasty on a slice of za. I grab any extra veggies, leftover grilled chicken or sausage and of course lots of cheese. Don’t add the sauce just yet! Before we add any of the toppings, we need to grab some olive oil, a grilling brush, and tongs.
How to make grilled pizza
- Roll out dough to the desired size (smaller is easier when flipping on the grill)
- Bring all ingredients out to the grill so you don’t have to run around like a crazy lady when it’s go-time
- Before turning the grill on, lightly brush olive oil on the grill rack where you will place pizza
- Turn grill on low
- Once the grill has warmed up, place the rolled dough directly on the grill
- While waiting for the dough to cook, lightly brush olive oil on top of the dough
- Let dough cook until bottom is browned and bubbles begin to form on top
- Carefully use tongs to flip pizza dough
- At this point, the top side should be cooked and you can now add your sauce and toppings
- Cook pizza until crust is brown and crispy and cheese is melted
- Remove pizza from the grill (don’t forget to turn off burners and gas!)
- Let pizza cool, cut, serve and enjoy!
Now that’s what I call a perfect summer night! What are some of your favorite pizza toppings? Have you ever tried to make grilled pizza before? Tell me what your perfect pizza looks like in the comments below while I go wipe the drool from my face.