A Healthier Pizza Party

Three grilled pizzas

Categories: Well Nourished

Pizza on the grill not only keeps your kitchen cool in the summer, but it is extremely easy.  This is a great idea for casual get togethers or a family with differing tastes. In our household, everyone gets their own portion of dough to roll or stretch.

You can buy fresh or frozen dough at the grocery store or use my favorite recipe, below.

Step 1: Take out your dough, divide it into equal portions – about the size of a lime for each person.  Let it come to room temperature while you assemble your toppings.

Step 2: Assemble your toppings in easily accessible bowls.

  • Base layers can be red sauce, pesto, white sauce or just a little olive oil.
  • Mid layers can be greens, thinly sliced vegetables, nuts, thinly sliced or crumbled meat, olives, or sliced fruit.
  • Top layers are classically cheese, such as fresh or shredded mozzarella, but can also be parmesan shavings, crumbled feta, or even chunks of blue cheese. Some people skip the cheese and drizzle a bit of olive oil over the top. INclude some fresh or dried herbs including  basil, oregano, sage, rosemary or cilantro.

Step 3: Sprinkle flour and or cornmeal on your work surface and have each person stretch or roll their dough to about 5 or 6 inches wide. The thinner your dough, the shorter the grill time and the more difficult it is to handle. Brush the top side of the dough with olive oil.

Step 4: Turn the grill on high (it should be around 450 degrees) with the cover shut.

Step 5: Place your crusts, oil-side down, on the hot grill grates. Turn your grill down slightly if it is too hot. Close the lid and let them cook for about 3 minutes. Check your crusts and if you can lift them without them falling apart, remove them from the grill and flip them grilled-side up on a platter, plate or cutting board.

Step 6: Add your toppings to the grilled side of the pizza – the side that shows the grill marks.

Step 7: Return your pizza to the grill, covering the lid for another 3 minutes or so. Continue to check until your pizza is done. There should be enough residual oil on the grill grates, but you may need to lightly brush your grill grates with oil before putting your pizzas back on the grates.

Now you can share and enjoy your creations.

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