Saturday, May 27, 2006

Grilled Pizza

The other week I was searching for a good dinner recipe and I came across one called "Grilled Dough." It's a recipe people use to make bread for dinner or pizza's on the grill. So, this morning I said to Phil, "Why don't we make grilled pizza today?" He looked at me kind of funny and said something along the lines of, "No way, it's going to burn." Well, I convinced him to give it a try with the promise of buying Stonefire pizza if our grilled pizza failed.

The dough was very easy to make, it just takes 1 1/2 to rise. After it rises, you just roll it out, throw it on the grill and flip it after a minute. Once it's flipped, you put on the sauce, cheese and any other toppings and cook for 5 minutes or so, making sure to turn it so you don't get a hot spot that burns. (I learned that on the first 2 we made. The last one turned out PERFECT!

About 15 minutes before we were ready to grill the dough, Phil asked me if we had any pizza sauce. Oops. Pizza sauce? Is that really necessary? He wanted me to run to the store and pick some up but who wants to do that on a beautiful Saturday afternoon? I just picked up the computer and looked for a recipe on once again. Viola! Pizza sauce was made in about 2 minutes (and it tasted good too!)

After the pizzas were cooked and we were eating them, Phil complemented me on how good they were but said a couple times how difficult they were to make. Ha! How does he know? He was playing video games the whole time! I think when he says they were difficult he really meant that it was difficult for him to wait the 1 1/2 hours for the dough to rise! :) From the cooks' perspective, I would say that they were very easy to make and they'll definitely be made here again!

To Phil's credit, he did tell me as I was typing my blog, "Babe, you made a good lunch." He also complimented it again. So, all in all, the grilled pizzas were a success and we didn't have to kick up the money for Stonefire pizza...or pizza sauce for that matter.

Here's the recipes if you're adventurous enough to try them yourself!

Grilled Dough

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons white sugar
1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons cornmeal for dusting
3/4 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)

Proof yeast in warm water.
In separate bowl place flour, salt, sugar, and oil. Make a well in the center and place yeast/warm water mixture in. Mix thoroughly until consistency of an elastic ball. Allow to rise 1 1/2hours.
Flour surface and roll out 1/2 dough. Rub with cornmeal. Sprinkle with your favorite toppings.
Spray grill with cooking spray. Grill dough about 5 minutes or until toppings are melted. Repeat with second piece of dough.


Easy Pizza Sauce

1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
1 tablespoon ground oregano
1 1/2 teaspoons dried minced garlic
1 teaspoon ground paprika

In a medium bowl, Mix together tomato sauce and tomato paste until smooth. Stir in oregano, garlic and paprika.

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