Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Grilled Pizza Party!

Need a fun, easy idea for a Labor Day Party?!

A few weekends ago when I was at home, my family and Pat and I had a make-your-own-pizza-party!

I followed this recipe for the pizza dough and cut up various toppings and spread out different sauces and everyone went to town!

Pizza Dough

1/2 cup warm water
1 package yeast
1 1/4 cup water, room temperature
2 tbsp EVOO, plus more for greasing the bowl
4 cups bread flour (I used all-purpose)
1 1/2 tsp salt

Place warm water and yeast in a measuring cup. Let sit until yeast dissolves and swells, about 5 minutes.  Add room temperature water and olive oil and stir.
Add flour and salt in a bowl.  Slowly add liquid ingredients to the flour mixture.  
After the ingredients are combined, knead dough with hands (or mixer if you were home in VA!) for 5 minutes.
And knead.
And knead. Then flex your muscles : )
Roll dough into a bowl and cover in an oiled bowl for 1 1/2-2 hours, or until doubled in size.
Deflate dough and cut into 6 separate mini pizzas.
(sorry, no picture.... too.excited.)

Now you are ready for the fun part!  Make sure to grease your grill extremely well with olive oil so the dough won't stick.  Also oil one side of the pizza dough.

Place oiled-side down on the grill and cook for 3-4 minutes, or until brown.

Add toppings:
Pizza sauce, pesto, carmelized onions, chicken, bacon, cheddar  cheese, mozzarella cheese!
With the cooked side facing up, make your pizza!  Return pizzas to grill for 4-6 minutes, and serve!
This was such a fun night, everyone!  My parents and Pat really got into making their pizzas "their own".  Not only did it take no time to cook the pizza, but it tasted amazing!  The dough was perfectly cooked and browned on the edges--my favorite part!
The most attractive pizza of the night! Courtesy of Papa Gourmand!

1 comment:

  1. Nothing tastier than homemade pizza. Great recipe.