We love to grill at our house. We grill all year round but at our old house, the patio wasn’t covered so it was usually John’s job. John would stand out in the rain, sleet, or snow (okay, maybe not sleet) and manage the grill. I am more of a fair weather griller. We recently moved and now we have a covered patio so I will go out anytime to fire up the barbecue. My mother-in-law thought it was pretty funny that I was out on the patio grilling while the manure spreader was spraying an aromatic concoction of fertilizer a few yards away. I considered it part of farm life.
Grilled Pizza is so easy, quick, and flexible that it’s my go-to dinner in a hurry. We always have something kicking around the kitchen that I can throw on a pizza. We also ALWAYS have cheese in the house! If I’m not in a rush, I make my pizza extra special with a crust stuffed with cheese. The more cheese the better!
Pizza Dough (below)
After the pizza dough proofs, divide it in two equal portions. Roll one portion out to approximately 10 inches in diameter. Spread Italian Gouda over the center, leaving about 2 inches around the edge free of cheese. Roll out the second portion of dough to 9 inches in diameter. Place the smaller round over the cheese, wet the outer edge of the bottom round and roll over the top round. Crimp to form a tight seal.
Slice the vegetables of your choice and place on the grill over medium heat until browned (use a grilling grate for the mushrooms or you may lose them to the fire). Grills will vary, ours takes about 10 minutes to cook the veggies so I prepare the crust while the vegetables grill. Turn the vegetables over, turn the heat down to low, and place the pizza, upside down, on the grill, over indirect heat. I use a pizza paddle to get the pizza on and off the grill without burning myself. Our grill has three burners so I cook the vegetables over the two outside burners and leave the center burner off, that’s where I cook the pizza. Cook about 10 minutes or until the vegetables are done and the pizza is starting to brown. Flip the pizza over (a pizza paddle works best for this, but a flat cookie sheet works well). You may need to poke a few holes in the dough to release the steam.
Spread the sauce on the pizza and spread with mozzarella. Move the vegetables from the grill to the pizza, I recommend long handled tongs for this. Grill over indirect heat set to low for 10 – 15 minutes or until the bottom of the pizza is brown and the cheese is toasted.
**Timing on this is critical to get the right amount of browning on the vegetables without overcooking. If you have trouble controlling the temperature of your grill, you can oven roast the vegetables and just grill the pizza.
In a large bowl whisk together 3/4 cup of flour, yeast, sugar, and 2/3 cup hot water (130 dgrees F). Stir in the oil, 1 1/4 cups of the remaining flour, and the salt and blend the mixture until it forms a dough. Knead the dough on a floured surface, incorporating as much of the remaining 1/4 cup flour as necessary to prevent the dough from sticking, for 5 to 10 minutes, or until it is smooth and elastic.
Alternatively, the dough may be made in a food processor. In a food processor combine 3/4 cup of the flour, yeast, and sugar. With the motor running, add 2/3 cup hot water (130 degrees F), and turn the motor off. Add the oil, 1 1/4 cups of the remaining flour, and the salt and process the mixture until it forms a ball, adding more water, 1 teaspoon at a time, if it is too dry, or more flour, 1 tablespoon at time, if it is too wet. Knead the dough by processing it for 15 seconds.
The dough, prepared by either method, may be used immediately, but for better flavor it is best to let it rise once. Put the dough in an oiled bowl and turn it to coat it with the oil. Let the dough rise, covered with plastic wrap, in a warm place for 30 minutes, or until it is double in bulk, and punch it down.