Margherita Pizza on the Grill

Just last fall I made pizza on the grill for the first time.  Grilled pizza takes on a wonderfully smokey flavor and cooks up in no time flat.  In fact, you don’t even need a pan!

Grilled pizza is a wonderful way to enjoy pizza in the summer without heating up the house or paying for a delivery pizza.  Of course, you can add any of your favorite toppings to a grilled pizza, but I am partial to the fresh summery ingredients of a Margarita Pizza!

Margherita Pizza on the Grill
An Amy Original

3 tbsp olive oil
½ tbsp minced garlic
1 recipe pizza dough* (options follow)
2 small tomatoes, diced
Handful of fresh basil
2 cups mozzarella cheese (fresh or shredded)

Make (or thaw) your dough, rising and proofing as necessary.

Preheat the grill to medium heat.

In a small bowl, combine the olive oil and minced garlic.  Microwave for 30 seconds to infuse the oil with garlic.  Set aside.

Dice the tomatoes and place them in a bowl.  Shred the basil and place it in a second bowl.  Get the mozzarella ready in a third bowl.  Set near the grill.

Roll the dough into a thin 10-inch circle (or if you have a lot of dough, roll it into two smaller circles).

Using a pizza peel, slide the dough directly onto the grill grates (don’t worry it won’t fall through).  Use a pastry brush to coat the top of the dough with the garlic olive oil.  Quickly close the grill lid and let the dough cook for 2-3 minutes.  If your grill has hot or cool spots, you may need to rotate the dough halfway through.  When done on the bottom, the bottom should be brown with some char lines.

Using the pizza peel, flip the dough over, so the uncooked side is on the bottom.  Quickly brush a layer of olive oil on top of the dough and add the mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil (all while on the grill).  Close the lid and allow it to cook for 2-3 minutes or until the bottom is cooked and the cheese is melted.

Remove from the grill with the pizza peel and serve…perhaps with a nice bottle of wine!

*Dough options:
Multigrain bread (coming soon)
Frozen Bread Dough
Your favorite pizza or bread dough