8.24.2012

A First Attempt At Grilled Pizza

Grilled pizza

I have been wanting to make grilled pizza all summer, and we finally gave it a shot last Friday. I had read a few recipes and even watched a video in preparation. I knew we'd have to work quickly, so I got all of our toppings ready ahead of time. The plan was to grill the dough on one side and then the other, then pull it off to top it, and finally pop it back on the grill just to warm the toppings and melt the cheese. Even though I turned the heat way down when we returned the pizza to the grill, the bottom still got a little too charred. Next time I think I would turn the grill off and place the pizza on foil to add a little insulation between it and the grill. While our pizza wasn't perfect, it was a very tasty first attempt.

Grilled pizza

Here's what we did: Jeff went out to heat the grill (all burners on high). And I stayed inside to prep all of our toppings. There was grilled chicken, mozzarella cheese, red onion, and pesto for him and spinach, kalamata olives, orange cherry tomatoes, red onion, and feta for me.


I divided the dough in half, stretched each half, and placed the halves on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. I crushed a couple of garlic cloves, put them in a small bowl, and poured some olive oil on top. Then I brushed the dough with the garlicky olive oil.


We put the dough on the blazing-hot grill (cleaned well and oiled). We were supposed to put it olive oil side down, but we messed up and left it olive oil side up. Luckily, the bottom still charred nicely and didn't stick.

Grilled pizza

Once we saw those nice char marks underneath, we flipped the dough and let the other side char. (Had we placed the dough on the oiled side originally, we would have brushed oil on the side that was facing up, so when we flipped the dough, there would be oil on that side too.)

Grilled pizza

Once we got nice char marks on the second side, we slid the crusts back onto the sheet pan and brought them inside to top them. We also turned the grill way down.

Jeff spread pesto all over his crust and then arranged his other toppings over it.

Grilled pizza

I didn't use any sort of sauce and just let the garlicky olive oil provide the base for my toppings, which I scattered on top.

Grilled pizza

We slid the pizzas back on the grill, covered them with foil to help the mozzarella melt, and closed the lid. When we went back out to check on them, my nose immediately informed me that they were overdone. We got them off the grill right away. Luckily, there was just a little charring on the bottom and the pizzas were still almost fully edible.

Grilled pizza

Grilled pizza

We cut them up and feasted on our creations. The crust was really crisp but also a little chewy, and the toppings had warmed just enough. Besides a little too much blackening, I was happy with the pizzas, and I'm excited to give grilled pizza another try, this time being much more cautious when we put the pizzas on the grill that final time.

Grilled pizza

Have you ever made grilled pizza?

19 comments:

Colleen said...

I have made grilled pizza and I LOVE it! Glad you enjoyed your first attempt!

Simply Life said...

wow! SO good! I've never made it but I would love to eat it!

Emily said...

Look at those grill marks on the dough!! And great topping choices (I always want olives - but Christopher doesn't like them)! We haven't grilled pizza this year yet... maybe this weekend :)

Bianca Garcia said...

I love the idea of brushing garlicky olive oil on the dough. I've never made grilled pizza before but I'm sure I would like it!

Meghan M. said...

Yum! I love all of the toppings that you chose.

In and Around Town said...

Nick's family does this all the time, its such a fun summer treat!

Lin @ BeantownEats said...

Jon has made grilled pizza before, but I have not. Looks like a lot of fun though!

Taryn Collins said...

I love love LOVE grilled pizza - we've been making them all summer long. It's a great alternative to turning on the oven when it's so hot outside.

Michelle Collins said...

These look like they came out great! I have yet to make grilled pizza, but have been wanting to try....

Samantha said...

LOVE grilled pizza! The key we found is to put the toppings on the first side that gets cooked, then put it back on, so the bottom and the toppings all cook at the same time. The whole thing takes 5-8 minutes when we do it.

The thing that drives me crazy is getting the dough stretched thin enough - I've only had success with Whole Foods dough - Trader Joe's and Shaw's always make me end up threatening to throw the whole thing out ;)

Colleen said...

I haven't succeeded at grilled pizza yet, but this reminds me I should try again before summer is over. Yours look pretty perfect in your pictures!

Reeni said...

I never have but I want to! These turned out great! Love the toppings.

Elizabeth said...

I love love grilled pizza, those sungold tomatoes look fabulous on it.

Sacha said...

I actually like the extra charring! Looks delicious to me :).

DeliciousDish said...

Ooh I like that idea. I will definitely try that next. I used Whole Foods dough and found it fairly easy to stretch. When I have more time, I do like to make pizza dough from scratch and find that easiest to stretch.

Shannon G said...

oh man, those look fantastic!! definitely have to work quickly, but grilled pizza is delicious :)

natalie@thesweetslife said...

grilled pizza is our favorite! it's always a mad dash but totally worth it :)

beantownbaker said...

Grilled pizza is on my to-do list. Was hoping to get to it this summer...

Kerstin said...

I love your team work :) And, now I want a grill, they look very tasty!