So the first time we made grilled pizza, it went pretty terribly wrong. We had pre-assembled the entire pizza. Our crust was cooked way before the ingredients were melted, and began to burn badly on the bottom and there were huge bubbles in the crust. The brightest spot of that whole thing was the homemade sauce.
It would be another couple years before we would try the whole grilled pizza thing again. Recently I watched an episode of one of Bobby Flay's shows and he was grilling pizza. Then I saw a lot of Pinterest pins about grilled pizza. I read a few blog posts, and determined to try again. I found this recipe for pizza dough good for grilling and decided to try it.
The key to this one is organization. Get your sauce, ingredients, and dough into place. Note the mise-en-place above.
We decided to use a pizza stone on the grill, and preheat it so the dough wouldn't burn as quickly (direct contact with the flame made it burn quickly), and also to give additional time for the toppings to melt well on the crust. We cooked the pizza in two stages- first, the stone was removed from the grate (oven mitts needed here) and we cooked the crust, flipping it after about 30 seconds to 1 minute in to cook both sides. The crust was removed and placed on a cooling rack to keep it crisp. We then replaced the pizza stone back to the grill and assembled the pizza- sauce, toppings.
Then we grilled the whole thing until the cheese was melted, which only takes a few minutes.
Shredded or Sliced Cheese
Sauce (we used both pesto and tomato sauce)
Toppings- veggies, meat, etc. We used zucchini, mushrooms, roasted bell pepper, and onion
Prepare your grill for direct heat. Preheat the stone on the grill.
Prepare your dough by shaping into a flat disc- keep it small-ish, around 10 inches in diameter. I prefer extra thin crust so make it as thin as possible, but that's up to you. If you use the recipe I mentioned above, you will probably get 3-4 small pizzas. We made 3 pizzas and cheesy bread. Delish! Also, get your sauce and toppings together on a tray so that you can quickly assemble the pizzas.
Remove the preheated stone to a heat-proof surface and grill the dough, about 3 minutes total, flipping halfway through. Remove to a cooling rack. Replace the stone onto the grill. Assemble the pizza and place it on the pizza stone. Grill, covered, 2-3 minutes or until the cheese is melted and it looks perfect.
Let cool for a minute before cutting. Enjoy!
A Couple Pizza Ideas
Slather the crust with pesto. Top with mushrooms, mozzarella, and parmesan cheeses. Grill, and after removing or toward the end, add halved grape tomatoes.
Top the crust with regular pizza sauce. Top with onion, bell pepper, zucchini, and cheese.
Brush a crust with olive oil and top with cheeses. Grill until cheese melts and slice into strips for cheese sticks.