Monday, June 1, 2009

Pizza on the Barbie

I have heard that you can make pizza on the barbecue grill but I was a little skeptical of how you do it without the dough falling through the slats, for instance. Well I found a blog that gave a little of the ins and outs of pizza on the grill and it's actually quite simple and really yummy!

"Pizza on the Barbie"

First take your favorite pizza dough recipe and mix it up. (If you haven't yet found a recipe that you like I will share one at the end of this blog posting.)The recipe that we used made enough dough for 2 larger pizzas so we made 4 pizzas because the grill isn't that big and it might be hard to get a larger pizza off. Separate the dough into 4 balls.

Either roll each ball out, or use your hands, and form a small pizza. Now take a cookie sheet and pour about a TBSP of Olive Oil into it. Take the dough that you formed and coat it on both sides in the olive oil - this is so it doesn't stick to the grill. (You can also use a pizza stone, but you need to heat it up first - and it is a lot quicker and more flavorful just putting it straight onto the grill.)

Take the pizza crust and put it directly onto the barbecue grill and leave it for about 3 minutes, until the bottom becomes crusty and has really pretty grill marks. After 3 minutes check your pizza, it should have beautiful grill marks on the bottom and be ready to flip. Flip it and now you can put the sauce, cheese and/or toppings on while it's on the grill and while the bottom side gets some of those beautiful grill marks. Close the lid and leave it closed for at least 3 minutes. Brett thinks you should check the pizza during this time and I think you should just be patient. Either way it works, so you choose. After your cheese is melted and/or the bottom of your pizza has those grill marks, then it's done and time to eat! Enjoy!

(p.s. the toppings and sauces are limitless so try just about anything. I loved this pizza so much more than even take-out pizza. It has so much more flavor!)

p.p.s. I told you I'd share this awesome pizza dough recipe that we found, didn't I? Well here it is.

Yummy Pizza Dough

5 tsp Saf instant yeast (I supposed you could just use active yeast and it would work the same)

2 cups warm water

3 TBSP oil (I used Olive Oil)

1 1/2 tsp salt

4 - 6 cups flour

Directions: Dissolve yeast in water in a large mixing bowl. Wait about 5 minutes for it to start bubbling a little. Then add the salt, oil, and 2 cups flour. Turn mixer to medium and leave it alone for about 3 minutes. Then add enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Knead until smooth and elastic, either by hand or with the mixer; it'll take longer if by hand, about 7 minutes, half that with a mixer. If you use the mixer you'll have to turn it out onto the counter in some flour and knead a little of that flour in by hand so it's not too sticky. Then spray a bowl with oil and put the dough into the bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rest in a warm place about 10 minutes. Then it's ready to roll out. (Don't forget if you make this in an oven you will need to cook it for about 10-15 minutes first before you add the toppings and then cook it another 15 minutes. It's so much faster in the barbecue grill! and much tastier!)


Sallysue said...

This looks delicious and I would like to try this! Of course I need a grill first. Hmmm....I can try the pizza dough out though. Thanks for sharing!

Man of the House said...

whoa - talk about mouth watering. That sounds so yummy!

Alyson said...

I have tried to comment like six times and it wouldn't let me! Darn this thing. I hope you don't mind Sally, but I changed the comments to open in a separate window and now it is letting me comment.

So as I was trying to say earlier, I have been grilling anything and everything lately since our house has been too hot and it just makes sense to cook outside. The food has all been the same lately. Blah! This is the perfect recipe for me, and I can't wait to try it out!

Alyson said...

By the way, I can't comment on your regular blog either. Strange I know. The comments just disappear the minute I submit them.

Sallysue said...

Hmm....thanks for the information. I will see what I can do. Also...can you put some categories on the sides of this blog like cookies, main dishes, desserts, etc...?