Grilled Pizza

Something that I’ve discovered this summer which is now going to become a summer tradition for me is grilled pizza. I know what you are probably thinking – how do you grill a pizza? You must need special equipment and advanced grilling techniques.

Well, that’s what I thought too when I first heard of it, but I couldn’t be more wrong. Grilling pizza is one of the easiest and quickest things to make on the grill. It’s also really fun, and great for parties since you can vary the ingredients so much. Plus it provides vegetarians and vegans with a reason to get out the grill and start cooking – way more interesting then regular grilled veggies and veggie burgers.

All you need to grill your pizza is a clean charcoal grill and your pizza fixings. You also need to make sure the grill is clean, as the pizza will be going directly onto it. The most important thing to do is make sure you set up your ingredients within easy reach before you start the actual cooking. Once the pizzas start grilling they will be done in about five minutes, so you won’t have time to chop veggies or shred cheese.

Like I said, grilling pizza is really easy, but it does require you to move quickly. So make sure you read through the instructions before you start cooking.

This is what I like to do. I light the charcoal to get it going. While it’s heating up, I gather and prep my ingredients. Of course, you will need pizza dough. You can either buy this from the grocery store (usually you can find it in the refrigerated section) or make it yourself (not that difficult, but will take some advanced planning). From there, the ingredients and toppings for the pizza are whatever you want. I like to go with the traditional marinara sauce, cheese, peperoni, olives, maybe some mushrooms or peppers. But you really can use anything you want.

As far as tools go, you will need some tongs, a spatula of some sort, a brush or spoon to spread the sauce on the pizza (if you use sauce), a plate to put your finished pizza on, and a cover for the grill (if your grill doesn’t have a cover, you can probably use a large pan lid or even pan, as long as there is enough room for the pizza under it and you have a safe way to get it off the grill as it will get hot.)

Gather up all your ingredients ready to use around your grill. Once you have everything ready, and the coals are a nice glowing red color, start flattening out your pizza dough. I like the pizzas to be more of an individual size since they are easier to handle when they are smaller. Put the pizza dough directly onto the grill, and cook it for about two minutes. The top of the dough will start to bubble up a bit as the dough cooks. After two minutes, use your tongs and spatula to lift the dough off the grill and flip it over. This is where you have to work quickly. Put the toppings onto the pizza however you like and then cover it with the lid. It will probably need to cook for another three or four minutes, maybe longer. Just keep an eye on it until it looks done, (I usually judge by whether the cheese has melted or not).

Once the pizza is done, use your tongs and spatula to transfer the pizza onto your plate. Yes, it’s really that simple. And believe me, once you’ve tasted grilled pizza you are always going to want to make your pizza this way.

Enjoy!

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