Grilled pizza party
FreschettaThe choice is yours, but knowing how to use both can set you up to do this for any meal, anytime.
We used fresh, home made dough that was made in our bread maker. You can also get fresh pizza dough from the bakery department of almost ANY supermarket. Now it can get a little tricky grilling raw dough, so I flash it real quick in the oven. This will make it much easier to handle on the grill and give it some rigidity. No need to fully cook it; just get it to the stage where it’s easy to handle with tongs and spatula (about 6 minutes at 350) to make the whole process easier.
You can grill the raw dough on the grill, too. Once you roll it out, make sure you lubricate your grill grates and dough liberally. When grilling freshly made dough, don’t worry about shape or uniformity. You’ll need to be on the grill watching this the whole time. It’s tough to even get in a beer break during this time because it’s pretty fast. You’re going to cook one side, flip, and then add your toppings to finish.
That means the most important part of grilling pizzas is having a station ready BEFORE you even put anything on the grill. A side table with your accoutrements is essential. Things get going pretty fast, so you’ll need to have this within a few feet of your grill so you don’t burn the crust.
I also use a pizza pan on the grill and I will tell you why…the more toppings you put on your pizza, the longer it’s going to take to cook. This means you may have a perfect char on your crust and un-melted cheese. I combat this with a pizza pan which I may sneak under halfway through the process.
Another tip I’d like to share is to cook most of your toppings before putting them on. If you’re putting meat on a grilled pizza, it should be cooked, since the fast cooking time won’t allow for raw meat to be cooked before burning the crust. I like to keep fresh and raw veggies on top of the cheese because of their water content.
Here are the pies we made this last interactive pizza party:
BBQ chicken and pork pizza with a red sauce, touch of BBQ sauce topped with shredded mozzarella cheese, crispy smoked bacon and fresh cilantro
Garden fresh heirloom tomato white pizza, with three kinds of basil, peppers and onions topped with buffalo mozzarella
Ricotta cheese with garlic and lemon zest pizza with red sauce and topped with shredded mozzarella and shallots