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Monday, August 5, 2013

Tomato and Basil Grilled Pizza

A few Sundays ago, Eric and I decided to make grilled pizza. We love using the grill in the summer and this was definitely the best pizza we have ever made ourselves! Grilling it makes it taste so much more like the wood-fired pizza you get in restaurants.

Tomato and Basil Grilled Pizza
From: LaForce Be With You  serves: 4 with a side salad or 2 by itself

1 package prepared pizza dough from the deli section of your grocery (we used wheat pizza dough from Harris Teeter)
8 oz. block mozzarella cheese, grated
1 large tomato sliced (we used an heirloom tomato)
Handful of fresh basil leaves
3/4-1 cup of marinara sauce
Pepper to taste
Oregano to taste
Garlic powder to taste
Olive oil
Grill spray

Flour surface (like your clean countertop). Break dough ball into two equal pieces so they are easier to manage. Roll out pizza dough for several minutes adding flour as needed to keep from sticking until its about 1/4 inch thick or so. Do this for each half. Do not make a thicker edge/crust - keep it all the same thickness.

Heat grill on high, direct heat.

Flour a rimless baking sheet and place pizza dough on there. Cut tomato slices in half and do a quick chop of the basil leave so they are a little smaller than normal size and set these aside.

When grill is heated, spray grill with PAM for grilling or other grill spray. Brush one side of pizza dough with olive oil and place those sides down on the grill grate. Brush olive oil on the other sides of the pizza which face up. After 2-3 minutes check the bottom with a spatula and once there are grill marks, flip the pizza with spatula. Turn the grill down to med-high.

Once flipped working quickly, top with sauce (make sure not to add too much sauce or it can get soggy and do not go all the way to the edge), then spices, then tomatoes and basil and lastly cheese. Close grill lid for a few minutes and then check pizza every couple minutes. Once cheese is melted and grill marks are on bottom of pizza it is done (usually no more than 5-6 minutes). Slide back onto the baking sheet using the spatula to help.

Serve with extra marinara sauce if desired and a fresh salad.

You can easily switch up the toppings but if you want to add any meat I would cook that prior since it really isn't on the grill too long. Just make sure not to load down the pizza with too many toppings or it will become heavy and can lead to a soggy pizza.

Hope you enjoy!!

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  1. Pizza on the grill sounds really great. We haven't done that in ages. Your pizzas look super good!

  2. We LOVE grilled pizza, and this looks so good. I love that you have so many vegetarian recipes. I have a series called Weeknight Vegetarian on my blog. :)

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