A couple months ago, we got a new grill. It was my fiance’s birthday gift from his parents, and a really generous gift at that. We’ve spent the past two years using a grill we got for free from a friend. The most I can say about it is that it worked, but just barely.
Now that we have a brand new grill, we’ve been making as many meals as possible on it in the warm weather. A few nights ago, I decided I wanted to grill pizza, and lo and behold, I discovered how insanely easy it is. I may even say it’s easier than grilling a pizza indoors.
I made myself a vegan margherita pizza, so the instructions will be based on that. However, whatever kind of pizza you dream up, I’m sure you can make it on a grill. Here’s what I did:
What you need
- Fresh pizza dough (you can find a pizza dough recipe here)
- Toppings – I did 1 roma tomato, basil leaves, and Teese mozzarella “cheese” in chunks to resemble fresh mozzarella
- Sauce or olive oil – due to the nature of the pizza, ours was sauce-less
- Extra olive oil to use on the grill
First, make sure the grill is relatively clean. Then put all burners up to high heat. While the grill is getting ready, roll out your dough, flouring it to the point that it doesn’t stick to your hands, and place on cooking sheets or pizza stones. Prep all the ingredients you’ll be using to top your pizza.
Once all that’s ready, it’s time to head outside. Take some olive oil and dab it on a paper towel. Carefully wipe the oil on the grill. Even if you only get a little, if you’ve floured the dough well, the pizza shouldn’t stick.
Slide the pizza dough onto the grill and close the top. Let cook for two minutes.
When you open the grill, the bottom of the dough should look like the picture above. Carefully get out with a spatula and slide onto a plate or back onto the cooking sheets / pizza stones. Close the grill while you’re topping your pizzas – it’ll help keep the heat in.
Top your pizzas with sauce, olive oil, toppings, whatever you like, then slide back onto the grill. Lower the heat to about medium-low and close the cover once more. Cook for 2-4 minutes, until the other side of the dough is cooked and the “cheese” is melted.
See, it only took about 10 minutes. Easy, what did I tell you?