Friday, July 27, 2012

summer grilling: pizzas

Continuing our grilling mission, we decided to go for gold with grilled pizza. Cause really, you can't go wrong with pizza! Kelsey posted this over on her blog earlier this month, but I wanted to make sure you all got to see it too.

Just like the dough for our spinach artichoke pizza, we bought a big ball of wheat dough from our local pizza joint for $2.15. You can also use pre-made flat breads or pizza crusts, just throw on the grill to heat through and melt your toppings. We came up with so many topping combinations, we couldn't settle on one, so we split our big ball into three pizzas. :)

Pizza one is creamy goat cheese and balsamic caramelized onions...

Two is margarita pizza - a bit of tomato sauce, fresh tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, finishing with a sprinkle of fresh basil...

Three is spinach and bacon with shredded mozzarella and a dash of grated parmesan...

To grill pizza, you need a high, even heat on your grill. We let ours heat up really well, then spread out the charcoal. Put down your dough, directly on the grate, and let it cook on the first side. Ours took between five and ten minutes. Just use tongs to gently lift up one side to check for done-ness. Done-ness is totally word.

After the first side is nice and brown, take it off and put it grilled-side up on a cookie sheet or cutting board, or any flat surface. This is when you build your pizza. Layer on any ingredients and return it to the grill, uncooked-side down to finish 'baking' the dough and melting the toppings. I covered the grill for about three to five minutes and used the tongs to check for done-ness before removing it.

{goat cheese & balsamic caramelized onion pizza}
goat cheese, caramelized onions

{pizza margarita}
sauce, mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, basil

{spinach & bacon pizza}
cheese, bacon, spinach, cheese

There you have it! Three super easy grilled pizza recipes. :) I think this would be an easy and fun meal to serve at a backyard party. Make individual size pizzas, let everyone add their own toppings, serve with a cold beer - done!

Hope you all enjoy! Happy summer grilling!

xoxo, christa


  1. Christa, do you post these to make me drool on the computer?

  2. Yum! I love grilled pizzas. Yours all look so tasty!!!

  3. I have been meaning to try this and hesitated because somehow I thought I didn't have the right tools. But you are doing this with a very simple set-up and now my hesitation is gone!! Thanks!

  4. Thanks for sharing the post with the Missourian, Christa!

    Joy Mayer

  5. Oh my God those look sooo good!
    Me wants! That's a great idea next time my dad heats up the grill I know what I'll make!!


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