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Summer Cooking: Grilled Pizza

Friday night is pizza night at our house. After a busy week of work, child care, activities and rushing to get dinner on the table, it’s a welcomed way to kick off the weekend eating pizza in front of the tv, a book, magazine, etc. It’s the only time we allow distractions during family dinner.

Getting home between 6:00 and 6:30 we typically do take-out though recently have tried to make our own at least once a month. In the summer, though, we tend to lean towards take-out since we don’t have A/C and the thought of a 450 degree oven heating up the house is more than I can handle. Not anymore – I found a great recipe for grilled pizza and now I’m hooked. It was so easy and even more delicious than oven-baked.

How to Make Pizza on the Grill

  1. Grilled Pizza RecipeHeat grill on high.
  2. Shape prepared dough. I typically buy it prepared at the store to save time and split dough in half to make two small/medium size pizzas.
  3. Gather and/or prepare toppings.
  4. Rub heated grill with olive oil. You can put the oil on a folded up paper towel to do this easily.
  5. Put dough on grill. Cook 2-4 minutes rotating as needed so evenly browned on bottom.
  6. Remove dough and flip onto cookie sheet so browned side is up.
  7. Brush with olive oil and add toppings. Top tip: be lighter on sauce and toppings or pizza can get soggy.
  8. Reduce grill heat to medium/low. Add pizza and cook until cheese is bubbly or toppings are heated through.


Looking for more recipes for the grill? Check out this recipe for grilled shrimp scampi and zucchini.


One comment

  1. Crafty Mom August 24, 2011 at 10:48 am

    We LOVE grilled pizza. One of our favorite recipes (unfortunately only loved by the parents) is with arugula and fontina chesse. You put the cheese and arugula on at the end after both sides have been griiled. You make a huge pile of arugula – sometimes I use almost the whole pack. Close the lid and it wilts it. It’s amazing.

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