Celebrate Summer-Grilled Pizza & Cold Beer

Last night MadJack & I celebrated NEPA’s warm spring weather by making our first grilled pizza of the summer season. When I tell people they can make pizza on the grill, the look at me as if I asked them to perform some sort of magic trick. It seems a lot harder than it really is and the results will leave you turning you noses up at fast food pizzas forever.

A great grilled pizza starts with good dough that will hold up to being turned on the grill or pizza pan. Preheat your grill on high for 10 minutes while you prepare your dough. I found it easiest to spread the dough out on a well oiled pizza pan and brush the top side of the dough with olive oil. Turn the grill down to low and place your pizza pan on the grill to let bake for approx 5-7 minutes. When the dough begins to firm up flip and bake the other side for 5-7 minutes, flip again. At this point your crust should be slightly brown and now it’s time to add your toppings. I use homemade tomato sauce, freshly grated mozzarella cheese and sautéed peppers, onions and mushrooms. Grill for another 7-10 minutes until your cheese melts and the crust as reached your desired crispness. There you go… grilled pizza and cold beer, a great way to celebrate summer!

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