How to Make an Excellent Grilled Pizza
- Ready in: Prep: 10 M, Cook: 10 M, Total: 20 M
- Serves: 8
- Complexity: medium
Excellent pizza fired up on the grill provides a great excuse to enjoy food away from the kitchen! Ready in less than 30 minutes and grills in less than 10 minutes! Grilling makes the dough incredibly crispy and delicious!
Step by Step Directions
Roll out the dough very thin and make small 8"-12" size pizza pies. Fold the edges over if you prefer fluffy bread crusts. Then baste each side of the crust with olive oil to prevent sticking.
Heat the grill on high for 30 minutes to warm.
Spray with cooking spray to ensure no sticking. Then lay the pizza crust down and close the grill. Cook for about 4 minutes. Then add more olive oil to the top of the crust and flip it to cook the other side.
Add marinara sauce, cheese and toppings of choice and close the grill. Cook for about 4-6 minutes or until the crust is slightly browned and appears done.
*Important to make mini pizzas to grill, about 6" - 8" rounds. They are easier to handle. Also, do not oil the pizza too much. Just coat very lightly.
4 PROVEN STEPS TO THE PERFECT GRILLED PIZZA RECIPE
Oil both sides of the crust with olive oil and spray the grill with cooking spray. Only a little, not too much oil or else it will be soggy.
Have the heat on high for extra crispy pizza crust.
Make the crust thin, but thick enough to handle.
Make mini pizzas to grill, about 6″ – 8″ rounds. They are easier to handle.
Grill 4-6 minutes on each side.
MAKE THE PIZZA DOUGH
To make the perfect pizza crust is learning how to make pizza dough… fluffy and fresh! Big C usually kneads the dough for us and the longer the better. Kneading the dough forces air out and with the rising process makes it fluffy! The vegan dough only needs a few ingredients but you can use one that has an egg if you’d like. I have made pizza dough both ways and enjoy it without eggs (one less step!).
Let the yeast soak in warm water for 5 minutes. This allows the yeast to activate and the dough to do its magic! Then add some olive oil, honey, and salt. Mix well. Then add the flour and mix until well combined. Add more flour if needed. Then let the dough rise for a few hours covered in a warm place. Punch the dough down to release any air. Then it is ready!
PREPARE THE PIZZA TOPPINGS
Popular meats to use are pepperoni, ham, sausage, chicken, Sicilian chicken, and prosciutto. Fruit and vegetable toppings include caramelized onions, roasted red peppers and green peppers, mushrooms, zucchini, squash, eggplant, sun-dried tomatoes, pepperoncini (Tuscan Peppers), pineapple and fig.
When preparing the toppings, ensure everything is sliced and cooked. Especially important with some veggie pizza recipes if you load the crust high. Sautéing the vegetables and draining out the water before adding them as toppings make for a quicker cooked pizza.
GRILL YOUR EXCELLENT PIZZA
Now the delicious part! When making grilled pizza it is best to work with little personal pan sized pizza crusts. It is easier to handle. Roll out the dough very thin and make small 8″-12″ size pizza pies. Fold the edges over if you prefer fluffy bread crusts. Then baste each side of the crust with olive oil to prevent sticking. Preheat the grill to high. Spray or oil grill with to ensure no sticking. Then lay pizza crust face down and close the grill. Cook for about 4 minutes. Then add more olive oil to the top and flip the crust. Add toppings of choice and close the grill. Cook for about 4-6 minutes or until the crust is slightly browned and appears done. Then go ahead and enjoy the most excellent pizza ever made!