Love pizza? Grilling pizza can be a fun and tasty way to spend time in the summer. This is a recipe for a personal-sized pizza with all the ingredients needed to fill up an entire steak on the grill. This allows you to use your favorite toppings, make it into any shape or size, and cook it however you wish. It is sure to be one of the most popular summer time recipes around!
This recipe is prefect to impress your friend or family with. It is a simple, fast and delicious pizza that’ll have everyone asking for a slice when you’re done!
This is a very easy recipe for pizza. Just use your favorite dough from the store, top it with whatever you want, and put it on your grill. There are many different variations that can be made, but this one is my personal favorite. I like to add some crushed red pepper and some fresh garlic during the grilling time of the dough.
INGREDIENTS – Recipe For Pizza on the Grill:
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup olive oil
pinch of dried oregano, thyme, and rosemary.
2 cups tomato sauce (you may use whole tomatoes in a can, or make your own sauce from scratch. The sauce is the most important part of this recipe.) 1 can of 6-8 oz.
1 tablespoon minced garlic (fresh garlic, or pre-minced garlic)
1 cup mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese (freshly grated if possible) 2 cups of the best quality of meat you can find or afford. 1 pound should be plenty. Use any kind of meat you like: beef, chicken, turkey, lamb or pork works well for this recipe.
3 tablespoons butter (a substitute for this is margarine or olive oil. If you do use a substitute, you won’t have the same flavor as the real thing. Butter is best for this recipe)
1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 loaf of Italian bread (the kind that isn’t hard on the outside, but soft and chewy on the inside, is best for this recipe) You can also use Italian rolls if you don’t want to make your own. You can substitute or add other items to make your pizza your own. Fresh basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme, Kalamata olives, artichokes or capers work well for this recipes.
STEPS TO PREPARE:
Crush the tomatoes in a can (or fresh cut up tomatoes if you prefer) and place them in a bowl. You’ll need about two cups of juice from the crushed tomatoes. Chop up the onions. Add in the 1/4 cup olive oil and 2 cups of tomato sauce to make homemade pizza sauce. Then add your spices to the sauce to make it more flavorful (you can use any combination of oregano, thyme and rosemary). I also add 1 tablespoon of minced garlic.
Add salt and pepper to taste. At this point, you’ll need about two cups of sauce for your pizza. Allow the sauce to sit for at least 20 minutes so you’ll have time to prepare your pizza crusts. The longer it sits, the better the flavor will be, so you may want to do this step in advance if possible.
You can also use store-bought pizza sauce. The store bought stuff is pretty good, but you won’t have the depth of flavor that you’ll get with a homemade sauce. If you don’t want make your own sauce, add 1/2 cup of red wine to the tomatoes and onions in a pan on the stove top. Let it boil for 20 minutes and then pour that liquid into your tomato paste in a bowl. Then add the spices. You may also put one or two whole tomatoes into the sauce to add more flavor. The store bought pizza sauce works well, but I don’t think you can beat homemade!
Makes 1 pizza
Preparation Time: 15 minutes cooking Time: 12 hours Total Time: 12 hours and 15 minutes Cooking Method: Grilling Equipment: Griddle or Grill Top , Pizza Cutter , Pizza Stone , Sausage (or other meat) Toppings : Cheese, Pepperoni, Red and Green Bell Peppers.
While you’re waiting for the pizza sauce to simmer, you can prepare your dough. This is very easy and quick. You can use your favorite dough from the store (look for a pizza dough that doesn’t have too much yeast in it) or you can make it from scratch. (You may buy an Italian bread loaf) and cut it into smaller pieces.
Next, you’ll need to prepare your toppings. You can use whatever kinds of toppings you like.
Dough: Grate 1/4 cup of mozzarella cheese and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese over the pizza dough. Put in a bowl, add salt and pepper to taste and mix well. This is optional, but it will give the pizza a little more flavor.
Topping: Heat a skillet on the stove top. Add two tablespoons butter and two tablespoons of olive oil. When it’s melted and foamy, add in one pound of sausage (or whatever kind you like). Add salt and pepper to taste. Cook until sausage is cooked through and browned on all sides, about 10-12 minutes per pound. Remove sausage with tongs or a spatula to a paper-towel lined plate to drain off grease.
You can also use pepperoni, chopped bell peppers or any other topping you like. We put extra mozzarella cheese on top of the sausage as well. I think the extra cheese gives it a little extra bit of flavor.
**Note: if you are going to use meats on your pizza, cook them before making the pizza so the fat drips off. If you don’t drain all of the fat from meats, it will cause your pizza to become soggy.
To finish the pizza: Once you have added the toppings, put it back on the grill or in the oven and bake until cheese is bubbling and crust is golden brown. You can add some fresh basil leaves, oregano (any of them!) and rosemary to the top of your pizza when you place it back on your grill. The rosemary is optional. You can also put some chopped up red and green bell peppers on top of the pizza as well.
What a great way to spend your summer days. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I enjoyed making it. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different types of toppings and meats. You can always make the pizza again with different ingredients.
Grilled Pizza Topping Suggestions:
Sausage, Pepperoni, Italian Sausage, Ham, Hot Italian Sausage, Canadian Bacon (Canadian-style bacon is already cooked and can be used on pizza’s), Chicken, Chicken Tenders or Chicken Wings.
Grilled Pizza Sauce:
Toss all ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil. Turn off heat and allow to cool for about 20 minutes then add 1/4 cup olive oil for flavor. No salt or pepper needed. This is good on steak as well.
Sauté 2 sliced and chopped onions with 3 pounds of Italian Sausage or Hot Italian Sausage. Remove sausages to a plate when done, crumble them up and add to sauce in saucepan. Add salt and pepper to taste. Simmer on the stove top for 15-20 minutes, stirring constantly until it’s thickened a little bit. Add more olive oil if sauce is too thick. Use as a pizza sauce.
Grilled Gourmet Pizza Dough:
1 cup of water, 1/2 tablespoon dry yeast, 2 tablespoons oil and one teaspoon sugar. Mix well and let rise for approximately 20 minutes or until it’s slightly puffy. Drain off excess water and put in your oven at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes or until it’s golden brown.
How To Grill Pizza?
I’m not sure if you are aware of this, but you can actually make a pizza on your grill. The directions are pretty simple and the taste is amazing!
All you have to do is preheat your grill as directed in the instructions that came with your grill. You also need to preheat a pizza stone on the lower rack of your oven. This will help keep it from becoming soggy or falling apart. Lay the pizza stone on the grill and allow it to heat up. When the stone is heated, place it in your oven and let it preheat for about 10 minutes.
You can then use your pizza cutter to cut the dough into two equal pieces. Put one piece on each side of the stone and bake for 10 minutes or until cheese is bubbling. Then add all of your toppings, put it back on the grill as directed in your directions and cook as directed. This recipe works especially well with a homemade tomato sauce. You’ll need to let the dough sit for at least an hour before using it. So make sure you have time to prepare it ahead of time.
If you don’t have a pizza cutter, you can buy them pretty cheap in your local grocery store and department stores. If all else fails, you can use a bread knife or even a pair of kitchen shears.
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