Grilled pizza? It is easier than you may think. Once the dough hits the hot grates it begins to cook almost instantly forming a lightly charred crust that is easy to turn and flip.
A standard pizza with a little sauce, cheese and topping is a classic, but there are lots of other things that can made from grilling pizza dough; grilled flatbread, croutons, sandwich bread and even desserts.
Know going in that there is some trial and error to the process; every grill is different so times and temperatures will vary. However once you figure each of those out you will become a master of grilling pizza dough.
Grilling Pizza Dough:
Start with a good quality pizza dough, either homemade or from your favorite pizzeria.
Pre-heat grill to medium-high heat for direct heat grilling.
If you are trying to grill pizza dough for the first time try a smaller dough ball, personal pizza size, this will make the dough easier to handle.
Stretch dough out to a medium thickness and lightly oil the top. If the dough is too thin it will burn and if it is too thick the inside won’t completely cook.
Pick up the dough oiled side up (palms up) and place the side closet to you down first towards the back of the grill and continue to lay the dough down, flipping towards you as you go.
The beauty of pizza is that it doesn’t have to be perfect, it can be whatever size or shape you want it to be. As the first side is grilling, lightly oil the top of the dough before flipping.
Grilling the dough will go fast, have a pizza peel or large flat metal spatula ready so you can turn and flip when needed. Grill the first side until it releases itself from the grill, 1-1/2 minutes. Flip the dough on the other side and repeat.
The side you placed down first will become the bottom of the pizza.
Finish the pizza by melting the cheese on a baking stone in a hot oven. You can also finish on the indirect side of the grill on a baking stone or just on the top rack. If finishing the dough on the grill don’t grill the raw dough as much as you would if finishing in a conventional oven.
Experiment with different vegetables, meats, seafood, cheeses and seasonings; the joy in cooking is that there are no limitations. Just have fun learning to grill pizza dough, here is a great recipe to get you started.
Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad Pizza
Makes 2-12 Inch Grilled Pizzas
- 2 Each Pizza Dough Balls-14 Ounce each, homemade or from a pizzeria
- 2 Cups Caesar Dressing-your favorite store bought or homemade version
- 4 Cups Whole Milk Mozzarella Cheese-shredded
- To Drizzle Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 4 Each Chicken Breasts-6 to 8 ounces each, boneless and skinless
- To Taste Kosher salt and black pepper
- 2 Each Romaine Hearts-cut in half and thin sliced into shreds
- 1 Cup Parmesan-shredded into thins strips with a vegetable peeler
- 1 Each Lemon-cut into wedges
Preheat grill for direct heat grilling and oven fitted with a pizza or baking stone to 500 degrees.
Drizzle the chicken breast lightly with oil, season generously on both sides. Place on grill or in grill pan and cook on both sides, about 6 minutes each or until just cooked through. Remove from the grill and place on a plate to rest and cool completely in the refrigerator. This will ensure that all of the chicken juices remain inside the breast after cutting into pieces.
Roll out pizza dough to about a 12” diameter. Lightly oil and grill dough according to the grilling instructions above. Let dough cool to room temperature before assembling the pizza.
Drizzle or brush the grilled dough with a little Caesar dressing, reserve some dressing to garnish the top of the pizza after it is baked.
Equal distribute the mozzarella cheese over the Caesar dressing on both grilled pizza dough’s.
Cut chicken breast up into bite size pieces and top both pizzas.
Next, place the pizza in the oven on the pizza stone and bake until golden and gooey, rotating once or twice.
With a pizza peel, remove from the oven and let rest a few minutes before cutting into 8 slices. To garnish, equally distribute the romaine on both pizzas, top with the parmesan cheese to taste, drizzle with a little Caesar dressing and serve.