With summer laying on the heat, sometimes dinner preparation gets chased outdoors, where the heat can escape without cranking up the air conditioning. And pizza is one dish that requires a lot of heat! So tonight it’s pizza on the grill. I’m using my Neapolitan style crust, which holds up to heat well, makes a nice crisp crust and is still thin enough to ensure even cooking of the toppings.
Pizza On The BBQ
Crust (makes 3-6 pizzas, depending on size):
15 ounces flour (I like Bob’s Redmill Organic Flour)
3.5 ounces gluten (“00”) flour
1.5 teaspoons yeast
½ teaspoon salt
1 ¾ cups water (filtered or bottled if you have poor water quality)
Mix together 6.5 ounces flour, gluten flour, yeast and salt. Add in water and mix around 2 minutes. Let mixture stand around ten minutes or until the mixture starts to expand and bubble. Using a dough hook or kneading by hand, add in remaining 8.5 ounces of flour and knead for around 5 minutes. Bring dough together and let rest, covered in a warm place.
Divide dough into rounds and either use or store in a Ziploc bag in the refrigerator.
3 cloves garlic, finely minced
¼ teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon minced fresh oregano
1 tablespoon minced fresh basil
½ teaspoon minced fresh thyme
pinch of freshly minced rosemary
1 can organic tomato sauce
Mix all ingredients together and let rest.
Preheat coals in BBQ. Put griddle or pizza stone on the BBQ and preheat to around 400 degrees. Sprinkle a pizza peel or flat pan (no lip) with a little corn meal. The corn meal will act as ball bearings and allow the pizza to easily slip off the peel.
Work out a round of dough by hand, rolling and tossing until thin. Place dough round on the pizza peel, top with a thin layer of sauce and top as desired. Today I’m using fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and fresh basil. Also, I want to give a shout out about these individual packs of fresh mozz by Bel Gioiso. Thank you to whoever invented these! Now I can have fresh mozz on the go!
Cover BBQ and cook for around 8 minutes, checking every so often to ensure even cooking and a good crust.
Remove from heat, let rest, cut and enjoy!