Pizza on the Grill- Margherita

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This weather in Cleveland has been crazy!  78 over the weekend, 80 degree the past day or so- and in the middle or March!  Usually in the winter we don’t usually use the grill, except for grilling steak.  But we really don’t use the grill from November until maybe end of April beginning of May.

My favorite thing to make on the grill is pizza!  The grill almost give the pizza a stone-oven taste providing a unique flavoring that is missing from pizza when you just cook it in the oven.  So it was definitely time to take advantage of Cleveland’s beautiful weather!  It is the same recipe as last monday’s post for Margherita Pizza, but I used the grill instead of the oven!

First get your ingredients together

Tomatoes, Mozzarella, & Basil

Pizza Sauce & Dough

I rolled the dough out a lot thinner that last week so I could make more pieces (makes it looks like there is a lot more!!).  I rolled the dough out and cut it in half.

I placed the dough onto 2 different floured cooked sheets to take with me outside.  (The cookie sheets will also be a place to place your toppings after one side has been cooked).

Place the dough directly on the hot grill, medium-high heat.  It will begin to bubble, which is exactly what you are looking for to ensure it is done on that side.

Bubbles

Check for grill marks, light or dark-whichever you desire.  Take the dough off the grill and put the uncooked side down on the cookie sheet.  At this time you will close your grill and turn the setting to low.  Place your toppings on the cooked side of the pizza dough (sauce, tomatoes, mozzarella- basil will be put on after pizza is done).  After your toppings are on the pizza, place the pizza back on the grill. ***** Pizza will be heavy, You may need a large spatula or an extra hand!*****

Close the lid of the grill and allow the pizza to cook about 10-15 minutes, just like you would wait for a pizza cooking in the oven.  If your grill seems to be too hot, you can turn off the grill completely and let the pizza cook.  Keep an eye on the pizza making sure that the cheese is melting and the crust is not burning!  When it is done top with julienned basil, slice, and serve!!

Margherita Pizza on the Grill

You can make any type of pizza you would like on the grill.  Another favorite pizza of mine to cook on the grill is BBQ Chicken Pizza.   Making pizza on the grill is easy, but may take some getting used to- But,  I promise that it is worth it!

Molly Jean

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