I love pizza. But in the summertime, especially with this sweltering heat, who wants to turn their oven on? Not me!
So here’s the solution…why not grill your pizza? I was skeptical at first, but now that I have tried it, I am hooked! It is perfect for you pizza lovers out there who want to take advantage of summer grilling and don’t want your house to feel like a sauna from the oven. Here’s what you do–
Grab a pizza dough (either homemade or pre-made), I chose Trader Joe’s herbed pizza crust. Lightly oil the pizza crust and stretch (or roll) across an oiled pan. Depending on how thick you like your crust, roll to desired thickness, and at least 1/4 inch.
Heat the grill to medium (about 350 degrees). Spray lightly with cooking spray and carefully place dough on grill. Close cover and let cook for about 7-8 minutes. Using a spatula, check underside of crust. If golden brown, flip crust, if not, let it cook for longer!
Our novice “flipped” crust on the left, with the others still on their original cooking side on the left.
After flipping the crust, add sauce, toppings, and cheese. Close grill cover and let cook for 7-8 minutes (this time will need adjusting depending on how big your pizzas are, ours were the size of personal pizzas). Check bottom of crust with a spatula for brown color and crusty texture.
Our finished pizzas. Not too bad for a first time, eh?
More tips for grilling pizza:
The thicker the crust, the longer the cooking time needed at a lower temperature. Beware of a gooey middle even though the outside may look done for a thicker crust!
It might not hurt to check pizzas more frequently after toppings are added, to avoid a black burnt crust.
We used a gas grill for our pizza grilling escapades.