By Kelly Bogard
I love to entertain. On any given weekend, we are likely to have friends or family visiting our home. This almost always includes a meal. And during the summer, it usually includes the grill. It certainly beats heating up the oven in this Texas heat.
A few weeks ago D was nice enough to let me borrow his grill to make dinner for some of my girlfriends. We had so much fun making this meal I just had to share it with you.
For Grilled Pizzas, you will need…
2 1/2 c. self-rising flour
1 c. warm water (about 110 degrees)
2 tbsp. olive oil + some for brushing
1 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
I can’t pick your pizza toppings for you, but I used pepperonis, black olives and some fresh basil on today’s recipe. The options are endless, especially with all of the great produce in Texas these days. The goal is to make it fun.
First, you need to make your dough. Mix the flour, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Add water and then your oil, all while mixing. I find it easier to use a stand mixer with a bread hook for this, but you can also knead it by hand if you prefer. Let the dough sit covered while you slice the tomatoes and mozzarella.
Prep your grill and heat it to about 400 degrees. Divide the dough into four balls and then form each one with a little flour into a pizza crust. Oil the bottom side and place on the hot grill. I use an infrared grill to prevent flare-ups, so use care if you are using a grill with open grates.
Once the crust has been on the grill for approximately two minutes, brush the top side with oil and gently flip over to show the grill marks. Then add the sliced tomatoes and mozzarella. I use the tomatoes rather than sauce because they are so light and refreshing when heated. You can use grated mozzarella if you prefer. It just makes a bigger mess on the grill.
We had so much fun helping and watching each other make our pizzas we almost forgot to eat them while they were hot. This would be great for kids, too, with a little help from adults. We hope you are enjoying these long summer days. From all of us at Texas Table Top, enjoy!
Recipe: Grilled Pizzas
Summary: Light, tasty and fun summer fare
- 2 1/2 c. self-rising flour
- 1 c. warm water (about 110 degrees)
- 2 tbsp. olive oil + some for brushing
- 1 tsp. sugar
- 1 tsp. salt
- mozzarella cheese
- pizza toppings
- Combine dry ingredients in large bowl.
- Add water, followed by oil, while mixing until combined.
- Cover and set aside.
- Prep toppings, including cutting tomatoes and mozzarella.
- Heat grill to 400 degrees.
- Divide dough into four and mold each one into a pizza crust.
- Brush with olive oil and place that side down on the grill.
- Cook for two minutes and then brush the top side with oil.
- Gently flip the crust to show the grill marks.
- Add tomatoes and mozzarella and grill for two more minutes.
- Add additional toppings and grill for three to four minutes more until crust is crispy and the cheese is melted.
- Serve warm.
Grilling time (duration): 0 hour(s), 8-10 minutes per pizza
Number of servings (yield): 4 individual pizzas