Sunday, August 24, 2008

Grilled Pizza

The barefoot contessa (Ina Garten) is one of my favorite cooks. I have a few of her cookbooks although I don't make too many of her recipes because each one has 4392387 calories. One of her most classic calorie additions is butter. Her burgers even have a pat of butter in the middle of them. But there is no doubt that she makes very tasty food. On Wednesday we made one of her recipes for Emilie's birthday. Grilled Pizza. Surprisingly, no butter in the pizza. I made the dough ahead of time and everyone got to create their own masterpiece. Toppings to chose from were: spicy sausage, salami, pepperoni, banana peppers, garlic, fresh basil, mushrooms, green onions, fresh mozzarella, olives red pepper flakes and cheddar cheese.

For the dough:
1 1/4 cups warm (100 to 110 degrees F) water
2 packages dry yeast
1 tablespoon honey
3 tablespoons good olive oil
4 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for kneading
2 teaspoons kosher salt

For the dough, combine the water, yeast, honey, and olive oil in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook. Add 3 cups flour, then the salt, and mix. While mixing, add 1 more cup of flour, or enough to make a soft dough. Knead the dough on low to medium speed for about 10 minutes until smooth, sprinkling it with flour, if necessary, to keep it from sticking to the bowl.

When the dough is ready, turn it out onto a floured board and knead by hand a dozen times. It should be smooth and elastic. Place the dough in a well-oiled bowl and turn it several times to cover it lightly with oil. Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel. Allow the dough to rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Divide the dough into 6 equal parts and roll each one into a smooth ball. Place the balls on a baking sheet and cover them with a damp towel. Allow the dough to rest for 10 minutes. Use immediately, or refrigerate for up to 4 hours.

If you've chilled the dough, take it out of the refrigerator approximately 30 minutes ahead to let it come to room temperature. Roll and stretch each ball into a rough 8-inch circle and place them all on baking sheets sprinkled with cornmeal. (You will be able to fit 2 pizzas on each 18 by 13-inch baking sheet.)

Light your grill and wait until it's hot.

Place the pizzas directly onto the grill and cook on 1 side for 1 minute. Turn the pizzas over and brush with olive oil or garlic oil.

Top the pizzas with any toppings you wish, piling them high. Drizzle each pizza with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Put the lid on your grill and cook for 5 minutes more, until the crust is crisp and the toppings are cooked. Slice and serve!


The McFarlane Family said...

Thanks for the delicous birthday pizza! When did you sneak the picture?

Mark Heaviland said...

I love pizza!, especially on the BBQ

eanddshort said...

Thank you so much for your blog. I really want to start to make different things for dinner and will be using your blog almost exclusively for ideas. Your food is always amazing... Really miss you guys.


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