July 15, 2012

Grilled Pizza Crust

In my house we eat these pizza crusts about two to three times a month! Sometimes we don't even make pizza out of them and use them as a bread to go with other meals.

1 1/4 cups warm water
2 pkt dry yeast ( each pkt  is 2 1/4 teaspoon)
1 tbsp honey
3 tbsp olive oil
4 cups all-purpose flour (divided)
2 tsp salt

Combine water, yeast, honey and olive oil in a mixer that is fitted with a dough hook. Add 3 cups of flour and salt. while mixing, add the last cup of flour. Knead dough on medium/low for about 10 minutes. When mixed the dough is ready it should pull away from the sides of the bowl.  The dough should be soft and slightly sticky.

When  the dough is finished mixing place in an oiled bowl and turn the dough a few times to coat the dough ball in oil. then over the bowl with a kitchen towel and allow dough to rest for 30 min. 

After the dough has rested punch down and divide into 6 - 8 equal(ish) dough balls. Cover and allow them to rest for 15 more minutes. This will give you enough time to preheat your grill! Heat to approx 300 degrees.

When the grill is hot spray or brush the grates with a small amount of olive oil. Flatten out the dough balls  with your fingers to make a "disk" and place the dough disks on your grill and allow them to cook with the grill closed for 1 minute on each side then remove from the grill.

Now the fun part! top with any of your favorite toppings - Possibilities are endless! Then return the pizzas to the grill. I usually put my pizzas on the top rack of a 400(ish) degree grill, but if you don't have a top rack I suggest you decrease the heat to 300 and put a little tin foil down on the main grates of your grill. Close the lid and check in a minute or two to make sure the pizzas are hot and the cheese has melted.

If you are doing this for a large party you can make the crusts ahead of time and save in a Ziploc bag. If your party is very large you can also finish some of the pizzas in the oven, on a pan, using the broil setting - be careful not to let them burn.

Recipe: From Food Network - Ina Garten Grilled California Pizza