Friday, April 22, 2011

Grilled Margherita Pizza

This is such a great way to make pizza especially in the warmer months.  The crust gets very crispy as if it was cooked in a huge wood fired pizza oven.  There is no better way to make pizza at home!

1 pizza dough (homemade or store bought)
6 ounces tomato sauce (homemade or store bought)
6 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese
5 basil leaves
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper

Preheat grill until it is about 400 degrees.

Roll out pizza dough until it is 1/8 inch thick.  Make sure to flour the dough and your surface to prevent sticking.  If you are using a rolling pin, put flour on the pin also.  Spread 1 tablespoon of olive oil on the top side of the dough.  Flip the dough over onto the grill.  Close the grill. Cook for about 5 minutes

While the pizza is cooking on one side, slice the mozzarella cheese very thinnly.  If it is too thick it won't melt on the dough.

Open the grill.  Check the bottom of the pizza.  It should be golden brown and crispy now. Oil the top side of the dough. Then using tongs and a spatula gently flip the dough over.  As soon as the dough is flipped, spoon the tomato sauce on and spread leaving a one inch border around the sides.  Then lay the mozzarella slices over.  Sprinle the salt and pepper.  Tear the basil leaves over the dough.  Close the lid and cook for another 5-6 minutes.  After this time open the lid to see if the cheese has melted.  Once melted take off the grill and slice into pieces.  Enjoy!

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