I have to admit, I was a little nervous about the prospect of grilling pizza. I mean, wouldn’t it fall through the grate? (Spoiler: no, it won’t) In the end, the whole process was super simple! Ready to get down to business?
The dough: I made up the dough in our bread machine ahead of time and brought it over to Erin’s apartment for pizza making fun! It’s super easy to mix up and the dough was a breeze to work with! Here are the details:
Easy Bread Machine Pizza Dough
1 1/3 C Water
1 1/3 Tbs Olive Oil (we used Italian Herb EVOO)
Making pizzas: Since Erin, Hannah, and I all had varying ideas of the “perfect pizza,” we decided to make individual pies. Erin was sharing with her hubby Josh who was on hand for (much needed) grill support! We split our dough and rolled it out nice and thin since the crust would puff a bit while baking. Speaking of baking, you’re going to want your grill HOT – ours averaged just above 400 degrees throughout the process.
Then we brushed olive oil on one side of the dough and placed it oiled side down on the grill grate. We then oiled the top of the dough and let it “pre bake” for a couple of minutes (just long enough to see grill marks forming on the bottom).
After about 2 minutes, we flipped the crust, and quickly got to work assembling our pizzas! We had read that time is of the essence during this step, so we had all of our ingredients ready to go next to the grill to make the process faster. I used pesto (in lieu of traditional sauce), broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, and mozzarella cheese on mine – yum!
Then we closed the grill lid for cooking! I was super hungry and impatient, but Hannah convinced me to leave our pizzas on for about 10 minutes until they were nice and crispy. They were PERFECT! Hannah and Erin both used an assortment of veggies that had been grilled ahead of time on their pizzas – they looked (and smelled) amazing!
Grilling with these girls was a ton of fun, and I’ve already made Jeff try it again at home! I was just as impressed with the results the second time around and can’t wait to keep coming up with new, tasty combinations!
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