Did you know you can grill pizza? I’d always heard that you could (mostly from the directions on the Homemade Pizza Company pizzas) but had never had the chance to try it. It was one of the things I was most excited to try when we got a grill.
I took a shortcut on the pizza crust, and picked up dough at Trader Joe’s. Their refrigerated pizza dough has awesome flavor, is made fresh, is made of ingredients you can pronounce, and is only 99 cents! This pizza dough alone is worth the trip to the store. It comes in regular, whole wheat, and herb varieties. All three are tasty, though the whole wheat has a bit tougher texture.
To grill the pizza, place a pizza stone on your grill set to medium-high. Let the grill and stone heat up thoroughly while you top your pizza.
In the kitchen, roll out your pizza dough with a bit of flour to about 12 inches. Spread cornmeal generously over the surface of your pizza peel and transfer the dough. Carefully slide the pizza peel back and forth to ensure that the dough slides a bit. That’s how you know that it’ll move when you transfer the pizza to the hot stone.
Next, go ahead and top your pizza. I’ll detail the toppings below, but whatever you want on your pizza is fine. This works with white pizzas, like this one, or traditional red-sauced pizzas. It doesn’t matter.
Once the pizza is topped, take it out to your grill on the pizza pill and carefully slide it onto the hot pizza stone. The stone will start to cook the pizza immediately, so you won’t be able to move it around once it hits the hot pizza stone. That’s okay though…this one was all wonky when we put it down, and it still came out great.
BLT Grilled Pizza with Blue Cheese
Adapted from MyRecipes.com
- 1 medium-size ripe tomato, thinly sliced
- 1 refrigerated pizza dough from Trader Joe’s
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 1 cup (4 ounces) crumbled blue cheese
- 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese
- 4 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
- 1 cup sliced romaine lettuce
Place tomato slices on prepared pizza dough; sprinkle evenly with pepper. Top with 1/2 cup blue cheese and 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese. Arrange bacon on top of cheese; sprinkle with remaining cheese.
Grill according to directions above or bake at 500° for 5 to 7 minutes or until browned and bubbly. Arrange lettuce on hot pizza.
Note: These toppings were really good, but next time, I think I’d use less blue cheese. It’s a strong flavor, and the recipe calls for a lot.