Grate Grilled PizzaGrate Grilled Pizza

Copyright Weber

INGREDIENTS

1 store-bought pizza dough
¼ cup prepared pesto sauce
2 cups shredded mozzarella
2 Roma tomatoes, sliced ¼-inch thick
¼ cup sliced kalamata olives
¼ cup toasted pine nuts
½ cup shredded Parmesan

INSTRUCTIONS

Take the dough out of the refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. Once the dough has come to room temperature, lightly flour a countertop and flatten the dough into a circle using your hands. Lightly flour the top of the dough and use a rolling pin to roll the dough into a circle, stretching and rotating as you go. If your dough doesn’t form a perfect circle, call it “rustic” and don’t worry about it.

Transfer the dough to a lightly floured cookie sheet or pizza peel. Using a fork or a knife, poke holes in the dough to help prevent bubbles while it cooks. Meanwhile, place the sliced tomatoes on paper towels and lightly sprinkle with salt.

Preheat the grill on medium heat, about 350-400 degrees for about 10-15 minutes. If using a charcoal grill, prepare the grill for direct and indirect cooking by arranging the charcoal over ⅔ of the fuel grate. Leave ⅓ of the grate empty so you have a safety zone in case the pizza starts to burn. If using a gas grill, preheat on medium heat, about 350-400 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Keep all of the burners set to medium. * Note: I don’t use indirect heat on gas because if the pizza is starting to burn I can just turn the burner off. You can’t do that on a charcoal grill so I always keep that indirect zone available on charcoal.

Carefully place the dough directly on the grates of the grill and cook until the bottom of the dough begins to set and develops grills marks, about 1-2 minutes. Using a spatula, remove dough from the grill and place grilled side up on a cookie sheet or pizza paddle. Spread the pesto sauce in a thin, even layer across the cooked side of the pizza dough. Put sliced tomatoes, cheese, olives and pine nuts on pizza.​

Carefully return the pizza to the grill, cover the grill and cook for 3 or 4 minutes to melt the cheese and cook the dough all the way through. If the crust starts to burn before the pizza has cooked all the way through, move the pizza over the indirect heat to finish cooking. Using a spatula or tongs, remove pizza from the grill. Slice and serve immediately.

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