"Men cook outside with FLAME,
Women cook inside with MAGIC!"
Andy has said this jokingly for years, as I'm the indoor kitchen magician, and he's the grill master. But we decided to go for a little gender bending last week as Shannon and I decided that it could be fun for the girls to fire up the barbecue grill and try making pizza outdoors.
No, really...it was STUPENDOUS!
I got lots of tidbits of advice from Facebook friends, and so I tried to pull what I thought were the best pieced of advice and basically wing it. Here's what worked for us, and keep in mind that you need to do what works best for you.
- 1 pizza crust dough (you can make your own, there are plenty of recipes out there, or use a mix)
- pizza sauce
- toppings of your choice
Note: we have a gas grill. If you have a charcoal grill, I can't help you...you're on your own!
Clean/scrape your grill well and get the goo/grease/gnarl off of the cooking grates. Spray grates with cooking spray.
Prepare your pizza dough according to your recipe or package directions. Let it rest for about five minutes, then shape into pizza crust disk. Set aside.
Turn your grill on high and let it warm up for a few minutes. Put crust directly on the grill grates. Keep an eye on it. After about five minutes, try to lift the crust with a spatula. If it seems a bit firm, flip it over and let it grill on the other side. Once flipped, let it continue to cook for about five more minutes, or until you see a bit of grill marks on the crust, and the edges are a bit browned.
Add sauce and toppings while pizza is on the grill. Let cook about two more minutes, then turn the grill off, put the lid on, and let the toppings and cheese warm up and melt together well.
Lift pizza off the grill with a spatula.
This was SO good and really easy to do. I found the grill to be very forgiving. Don't be afraid to try it. I can't wait to give it a go with some more exotic toppings, like goat cheese, spinach, and artichokes. Yum!
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I have lots to share with you this week. I didn't post yesterday because I was busy seeing if this girl could come and join our family.
It's not official yet, but things are looking good! :-)