I borrowed some ideas from my neighbor @modonmendenhall‘s Grilled Pizza recipes. However, I didn’t make my own dough, because, well, that sounds like a lot of work. Anyway, here’s the recipe I was borrowing.
So, you’ll need some pizza dough. If you want to make your own dough for some reason, you can check out Mod On Mendenhall’s recipe. If you’re lazy like me, the dough from Harris Teeter works just fine and it’s like 2 dollars for enough for one pizza. The Chef and I went a little crazy on the toppings and in retrospect, I’m not sure I’d recommend it. We went with:
- goat cheese
- hot banana peppers
- red onion
- ham slices
- pizza dough
Before I go into how to actually do this, let me first go into the mistakes I made. I was stretching and flattening the dough in my pizza pan and decided that I should cover the pan in olive oil, for some reason aka Mistake 1. Doing that caused the pizza dough to stick to the pan when I was trying to transfer it to the grill. Mistake 2 – not regreasing the grill with oil when I tried to flip the pizza, which caused the dough to slightly stick to the grill. Honestly though, neither of these really detracted from the meal, but they’re just things I’d do different.
So, here’s what you do need to do. Roll out the pizza and flatten it out and do your best (seriously, just do your best) to make it into a pizza shape. Part of the endearing part of homemade pizza is that it’s not perfect. Seriously, check out Cecelia’s photos and she’s a better cook than I’ll ever be. Oil up the top of the pizza and salt and pepper. When the grill is ready, put the dough on the grill and let it go for 2-3 mins. Honestly, I made another mistake here. It’s better to get this pizza closer to burnt. The grill flavor is enhanced when it’s a little crispy, so don’t be shy here with getting it over done. Take the dough off and regrease the grill quickly with some olive oil. Cook this side for 1-2 minutes (a little less done).
Take the dough off and put your toppings on. Here, you have two options. Either use the oven at 450 for 10 minutes or so or put back on the grill and cover until the cheese is melted. I tried both, and I don’t really think there’s a bad option here. I might go with the grill though, if I did it again (which I will).