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Grilled Tomato and Cheese Pizza

May 29, 2012

I’ve actually had most of this blog post typed up for almost a year! First we didn’t get to make the pizzas for Memorial Day last year, then when we did actually make them later, I somehow accidentally deleted the pictures. We finally made them again this year for Memorial Day, and they were just as good as I remembered. Better late than never! :)

I had never made grilled pizza before, and I was excited to break out the grill this summer and finally try my hand at it! My plan was to share these grilled pizzas with my parents on Memorial Day weekend; sadly, a massive thunderstorm the previous night knocked a tree down into some power lines (and the back of the house a few doors down!). Our power was out for the majority of the day, which prevented me from using the food processor to make the dough. We settled for steakhouse-style burgers instead, which were delicious, if not part of the original plan!

A few weeks later we got another batch of plum tomatoes at the market and decided to try again, this time with functional electrical power! Although there seem to be a lot of steps when reading through the recipe, these pizzas were a lot less fussy than I first expected. We don’t own a pizza peel, but a rimless baking sheet worked fine for sliding the dough onto the grill.

The pizzas cook fast, so be sure you have all the components (spicy garlic oil, cheese, tomatoes) out by the grill with you so you don’t have to run back and forth into the house. It’s good if you have a second person to help also: one to grill and one to assemble. I’m looking forward to having these again, maybe trying some different toppings next time!

Grilled pizza

Makes 4 individual-serving pizzas

Ingredients

Dough

  • 2  tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1  cup water, 110 degrees F
  • 2  cups bread flour (11 ounces), plus more for work surface
  • 1  tablespoon whole wheat flour
  • 2  teaspoons sugar
  • 1 1/4  teaspoons table salt
  • 1  teaspoon rapid-rise yeast

Topping

  • 1 1/2  pounds medium plum tomatoes (5 to 6), cored, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 3/4  teaspoon table salt
  • 6  ounces fontina cheese, shredded (about 2 cups)
  • 1 1/2  ounces Parmesan cheese, finely grated (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1/2  cup chopped fresh basil
  • Coarse salt

Spicy Garlic Oil

  • 4  cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2  teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/3  cup extra-virgin olive oil

Directions

  1. For the crust: Combine oil and water in liquid measuring cup. In food processor fitted with plastic dough blade or metal blade, process bread flour, whole wheat flour, sugar, salt, and yeast until combined, about 5 seconds. With machine running, slowly add liquid through feed tube; continue to process until dough forms tacky, elastic ball that clears sides of workbowl, about 1 1/2 minutes. If dough ball does not form, add more flour 1 tablespoon at a time and process until dough ball forms. Spray medium bowl lightly with nonstick cooking spray or rub lightly with oil. Transfer dough to bowl and press down to flatten surface; cover tightly with plastic wrap and set in draft-free spot until doubled in volume, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
  2. When dough has doubled, press down gently to deflate; turn dough out onto work surface and divide into 4 equal-sized pieces. With cupped palm, form each piece into smooth, tight ball. Set dough balls on well-floured work surface. Press dough rounds with hand to flatten; cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rest about 15 minutes.
  3. For the topping: Meanwhile, toss tomatoes and table salt in medium bowl; transfer to colander and drain 30 minutes (wipe out and reserve bowl). Shake colander to drain off excess liquid; transfer tomatoes to now-empty bowl and set aside. Combine cheeses in second medium bowl and set aside.
  4. For the Spicy Garlic Oil: Cook all ingredients in small saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until garlic starts to sizzle, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to small bowl.
  5. Gently stretch dough rounds into disks about 1/2 inch thick and 5 to 6 inches in diameter. Working one piece at a time and keeping the rest covered, roll out each disk to 1/8-inch thickness, 9 to 10 inches in diameter, on well-floured sheet of parchment paper, dusting with additional flour as needed to prevent sticking. (If dough shrinks when rolled out, cover with plastic wrap and let rest until relaxed, 10 to 15 minutes.) Dust surface of rolled dough with flour and set aside. Repeat with remaining dough, stacking sheets of rolled dough on top of each other (with parchment in between) and covering stack with plastic wrap; set aside until grill is ready.
  6. To grill: Light all burners and turn to high heat, cover grill, and heat grill until hot, about 15 minutes; scrape cooking grate clean with grill brush.
  7. Lightly flour pizza peel; invert 1 dough round onto peel, gently stretching it as needed to retain shape (do not stretch dough too thin; thin spots will burn quickly). Peel off and discard parchment; carefully slide round onto hot side of grill. Immediately repeat with another dough round. Cook (with grill lid down) until tops are covered with bubbles (pierce larger bubbles with paring knife) and bottoms are grill marked and charred in spots, 2 to 3 minutes; while rounds cook, check undersides and slide to cool area of grill if browning too quickly. Transfer crusts to cutting board browned sides up. Repeat with 2 remaining dough rounds.
  8. Brush 2 crusts generously with Spicy Garlic Oil; top each evenly with one-quarter of cheese mixture and one-quarter of tomatoes. Return pizzas to grill and cover grill with lid; cook until bottoms are well browned and cheese is melted, 3 to 5 minutes, checking bottoms frequently to prevent burning. Transfer pizzas to cutting board; repeat with remaining 2 crusts. Sprinkle pizzas with basil and coarse salt to taste; cut into wedges and serve immediately.

2 comments

  1. This is lovely! Thanks for sharing. I’ll have to try this one. I’m glad I came across you on here – love your blog! :)


    • Thank you so much! I like this recipe a lot because the dough holds up well on the grill; it doesn’t get too floppy where you’d be afraid it would fall through the grate. Thanks for stopping by! :)



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