Summer is unofficially here and since my husband got a new grill for his birthday in May, we’ve been grilling non-stop. It’s so nice to be outside on the patio with a glass of wine or a cold beer watching the kids play and grilling up some yummy food for dinner.
So far this summer we’ve done the usual hamburgers, hotdogs, marinated chicken and even a pork loin. We decided to mix it up this week with a grilled pizza.
In case you didn’t know – yes, you can grill pizza and it’s yummy!
First, you have to start with an easy homemade pizza dough.
Homemade Pizza Dough
- 1 package active yeast
- 1 2/3 cup water
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 5 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
- 2 teaspoons salt
- In a stand mixer add your water and dry yeast. Let that sit for a few minutes and measure out your flour, salt and Italian seasoning into a large bowl.
- Once the yeast is dissolved in your water add in the olive oil and stir. Add in your flour mixture while stirring with a spatula until a dough starts to form and flour is mostly mixed in.
- Using a dough hook, mix on a low speed for about 6-7 minutes until a smooth ball forms that it smooth to touch and springs back slightly.
- Take your dough out and cut into 8 even chunks. Using your hands mold each chunk into a small ball and place in a lightly sprayed pan. Cover all your dough with a layer of plastic wrap and let proof for 1 hour until dough has almost doubled in size.
*Note: This dough makes 8 personal pan sized pizzas. Use the dough immediately and freeze any unused dough for another time.
Let’s grill some pizza!
To grill your pizza start by preheating your grill for about 10-15 minutes. Turn your heat down to low and create an area of direct heat and indirect heat. We used gas and turned off half the burners. Set up a work area close to the grill with your toppings and dough.
Take a small dough ball and working with your hands stretch and pull it until it is about the size of a dinner plate.
Pop the pizza dough onto the grill for about 2 minutes until the top starts the bubble and the bottom has grill marks like you like it.
Turn the pizza dough over onto the size with indirect heat. Add a thin layer of toppings to the grilled side and close the grill for a few minutes to let the cheese melt and the toppings are warmed. Every grill is different but grilling a pizza is a pretty quick dinner. We did 2 pizzas at a time – first the kids, then ours.