One of my favorite things about summer is grilling. One of my family’s favorite things to eat is pizza.
That’s why last summer I began experimenting more with making pizza on the grill. I’m here to share some of my favorite recipes and secrets for making this meal that’s interactive and fun for the whole family!
First… The Crust
The most important part of pizza is making sure you get the crust right, and for that I beg of you… make your own! It’s so easy, and it is so, SO worth it. There are a lot of great pizza dough recipes out there, but this is the one I use most often. For those of you who haven’t worked with yeast much, it’s great because you don’t need to proof your yeast.
Next up… The Sauce
While I believe it’s easier to find a good store bought sauce then crust, if you’re willing to make both I would recommend it. If you’re only willing to make one item from scratch, focus on the crust. Here are two recipes I like. One is totally homemade (from tomatoes) and one is semi-homemade (from canned tomatoes).
- Homemade (takes time, but not hard)
- Semi-Homemade (quick and easy)
Finally… The Toppings
Of course you can be as traditional or exotic as you want here, but I will stress that for grilled pizza LESS IS MORE.
My favorites include fresh mozzarella, roasted garlic, and prosciutto. Two of my daughters insist on pizza having Canadian bacon and black olives. My oldest loves fresh mozzarella and sausage. My husband… well, I make his last with all the leftover meat.
I usually put all our toppings on a platter and bring it out to the grill, so that each person can tell me what they want as I’m making them.
Ready to start?
Roll small balls of dough out for individual pizzas.
Place rolled out dough directly on the grill.
Once the dough starts to bubble up and release from the grill, flip it over.
Top it with sauce and toppings, and close the lid to finish cooking and melt the cheese.