Monday, July 18, 2011

Grilled Margherita Pizza

I'd been trying to make grilled pizza for numerous days before it actually happened. During the summer in Florida we get daily afternoon rain showers and every time I'd plan on grilling pizza it would rain, I finally got a great weather day yesterday. This is a super easy and delicious way to make pizza, the crust is crunchy without being crispy, does this make sense? It also doesn't heat up the house which in the summertime is a huge bonus, AND the pizza tasted like it had been cooked in a wood oven. This was probably the best tasting homemade pizza I've ever made; next time Olivia wants me to top it with more traditional toppings, I'll be sure to do that and keep you posted.

1 Ball of Pizza Dough, I buy mine at the grocery store, or you can make your own
1 Ball of Fresh Mozzarella Cheese
2 Roma Tomatoes
2 Cloves Garlic, rough chopped
Fresh Basil
Olive Oil
Sea Salt and Fresh Cracked Pepper

Turn grill on. Roll out pizza dough on floured countertop. I didn't worry about it being perfectly round, I was going for the rustic look. Next brush on some olive oil onto one side of the crust, transfer crust to hot grill, place oiled side down. Add additional oil to the "up" side of the pizza dough. Let cook on high for roughly 5 minutes, or until the crust starts to bubble and brown on the bottom. Flip dough over and cook on second side for another 5 minutes. Carefully remove hot crust, carry it on a cutting board back into kitchen or work area. Place a large piece of aluminum foil underneath cooked dough. Place sliced pieces of mozzarella cheese and chopped garlic on top of pizza dough and head back outside. Place aluminum foiled pizza back on grill, turn the heat down to medium and close the lid. Let cook until cheese is melted and bubbling, approximately 10 minutes. In the meantime go slice your tomatoes and basil. Once cheese is melted, place the sliced tomatoes and fresh basil on top and immediately remove from grill. Sprinkle with sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper and serve. Serves 4 

Cover your rolled out dough with olive oil
Place it on the grill
Flipping the dough over
Look at the awesome grill marks
My photographer Olivia, she took the grilling shots for me
 Place sliced mozzarella and garlic on cooked dough and place back on grill
Roma tomatoes and basil ready to top the pizza
Yummy melted cheese
Add the tomatoes
And fresh basil and dinner is ready


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