Friday, July 31, 2009

Grilled Pizza

I saw Grilled Pizza on the Food Love blog and instantly knew that I needed to have it for lunch. I wish Food Love was like a restaurant and I could see something yummy and order it -- no work required. I mustered up the energy out of sheer desperation for this tasty treat and made it for lunch today.

I started out by grilling my chicken on the BBQ. I made this super quick pizza dough recipe while it was cooking:

stir together:
1 C. warm water
1 t. sugar
1 TBS. yeast

Let set until bubbly.

1 t. salt
2 T. olive oil (here is another change)
2 1/2 C. flour, plus more to make a sturdy dough. I use half ww flour

Let it rise for about 5 to 10 minutes in a warm place while you continue your prep work.

Knead a few times on a floured surface. For grilled pizza, divide into small individual portions and roll out.

I was planning on making Kelleigh's BBQ Chicken Pizza toppings. But then I realized I had no BBQ sauce. I also had no spaghetti sauce. What to do....

I ended up using crushed tomatoes with oregano and basil with a little salt added. My pizza toppings were unconventional, but the final product was very, very good:

Moteray Jack Cheese, grated
Grilled chicken

The dough goes right on the grill, so make sure you put on plenty of olive oil. Let it brown and then flip it and add the toppings. My pizza rounds were a bit large and my grill was too hot, so I burned some of the edges. I live and learn! Make the rounds small and have consistent, medium heat. Put the lid down and let the topping heat through and the cheese melt.

The final product has a smokey, chewy crust. Oh, my. Oh, my. I closed my eyes and thought I was back in Italy. I was on the Amalfi Coast at a tiny bistro overlooking the vibrantly blue Mediterranean. A glass of sweet red wine and a pleasant breeze. It was bliss. But what is that biting my ankles? Back to reality and hungry children who want to eat. Nix the red wine, put milk in sippy cups and let's get some lunch on.

I will definitely be grilling pizza again. It also inspired me to grill quesadias too. Add some cheese, chicken, salsa, and black beans. Sounds good to me. What have you been grilling lately?


Grandma Sherri said...


Cathy said...

Wow...that sounds and looks really yummy! I may just have to try this one...maybe even tonight while the grandkids are here!

Linds and Manda said...

That looks delicious! To Food Love I me in the middle of menu planning for the month. Got to love that timing.