Pizza on the Grill: Getting the Heat out of the Kitchen

Pizza on the Grill: Getting the Heat out of the Kitchen
Chef Lilia

Pizza on the grill is something I’ve always wanted to try, but consistently end up ordering out or throwing a frozen pizza in the oven. A couple of days ago, I divulged to our friends on The New Abides Facebook page, that my family was going to take a two week challenge to prepare our own food. Essentially, restaurants and/or takeout is off limits.

The weekdays aren’t so bad, but come weekend, we get into trouble. We love to eat out on Friday nights and that ends up being Saturday and Sunday as well. I have no qualms about eating out, but I would rather it be less often and more quality than quantity. I figured two weeks would be a kick start and that eventually we would try eating out just once a week.

So, first up on the “new” menu is grilled pizza. I kind of copped out and bought a pre-made whole wheat pizza crust. I would eventually like to make my own, but c’mon, baby steps, people! Here is the recipe I followed:

1. Pre-heat grill to a high heat (about 475-500 degrees)

2. Spray or lightly baste olive oil on both sides of the crust.

3. For a gas grill, turn off one of the burners. Grill each side of the crust for two minutes on the side with the burner off.

3. Put sauce, toppings and cheese on the pizza.

4. Grill (again, burner side off) for 8-12 minutes until cheese is brown and bubbly.

The kids had mozzarella cheese on their side. Fran and I had cheese, black olives, caramelized onions (made those in advance), roasted red peppers and fresh basil. Thumbs up all around and my new mission is perfecting the grilled pizza. Who’s coming for dinner?

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Getting Our Pizza Grill On

Getting Our Pizza Grill On

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