Tuesday, July 8, 2008

I Need Help Bobby Flay!

I have been wanting to try grilled pizza for awhile and finally tried it!

I made homemade pizza dough using the recipe from Stephanie's Kitchen. I made it in the morning and put it in the fridge until I needed it that evening. I decided to make an all meat pizza so while I was cooking Italian Sausage I rolled the dough out into a rectangle on my SilPat, which I thought was a good idea. When the grill was ready I oiled the dough and went to flip it. I thought it was just come off since I used the SilPat but it still stuck. So I quickly tried to pull it off while not ripping the dough, which didn't work so well. So I ended up with this horse shape pizza. I had the grill on medium heat but had to crank it way down because the dough was getting crispy. I flipped the dough and quickly put on pizza sauce, mozzarella, Parmesan cheese, pepperoni, Italian Sausage and Canadian bacon. The dough was done cooking, but the cheese had not melted so I turned the grill off and closed the lid and let the heat finish melting the cheese.

The pizza was really crispy, but really good! I plan to try it again. I had the idea to make a Mexican pizza and a BBQ Chicken pizza. Next time I will double the dough recipe to make it thicker and I am thinking it would be better to roll the dough out on a cookie sheet with some cornmeal on it so it won't stick. If anyone has better ideas on how to easily flip the dough onto the grill let me know. I really liked the pizza and want to keep making it.

Here is how to make the dough:
2 T. Sugar
2 1/2 all purpose flour
1 (1/4 ounce) package active dry yeast
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2-1 tablespoon olive oil
cornmeal, for sprinkling

1. Mix the sugar into the warm water
2. Sprinkle yeast on top
3. Wait for 10 minutes or until it gets all foamy
4. Pour into a large bowl
5. Add flour, salt, olive oil
6. Combine
7. Knead for 6-8 minutes until you have a moderately stiff dough that is smooth and elastic (add a bit more flour if you need to)
8. Cover and let rest for 20-30 minutes
9. Lightly grease two 12-inch pizza pans
10. Sprinkle with a little bit of cornmeal
11. Divide dough in half
12. Place each half on a pizza pan and pat it with your fingers until it stretches over the whole pan
13. Try to make it thicker around the edge
14. If desired, pre-bake at 425 F for 10 minutes (I don't always do this)
15. Then spread with pizza sauce and use the toppings of your choice
16. Bake at 425 F for 10-20 minutes longer or until bubbly and hot
17. Makes 2 12-inch pizzas
18. If you don't want to use all the dough, you can freeze it
19. Take a portion of dough, form into a ball, rub olive oil over it and place it in a freezer bag (the oil makes it easier to take out of the bag)
20. When you want to make a pizza, take dough out of freezer and allow to thaw before using

1 comment:

The Featherstone's said...

Looks good. It looks like your "horse" is wearing Italian shorts!! ha.