September 2, 2008 | Appetizers, Pasta & Pizza
My newest culinary inspiration came from my desire to create a kids’ cooking class this summer. I figured pizza on the grill was perfect for a group of boys and girls, ranging in age from 7 to 13. In the words of the youngest boy in the class, “This pizza is great!” It’s been so easy and delicious that I find myself making this once a week. Here’s my recipe – you can of course adapt it for whatever ingredients you like, so I’ve given some ideas at the end.
- 4 pounds pizza dough (you can buy the premade dough from Whole Foods)
- 1 cup pizza sauce
- 1 cup pepperoni slices
- 1 cup italian sausage, browned and drained
- ½ cup basil leaves, torn
- 2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- Cut dough into 8 half-pound balls and press each into a 12 inch crust on a cutting board; rub top side with olive oil.
- Preheat grill to medium high. Gently lay dough onto grill surface, spreading out dough into desired shape as you lay it down. Cover and let cook for about 3 minutes or until golden brown on the first side. Check every 30 seconds and pierce any bubbled that may form in the crust.
- Using tongs, turn crust over and quickly spread toppings onto crust: sauce first, then sausage and pepperoni, finishing with basil leaves and mozzarella cheese. Close grill cover and cook an additional 2 minutes or until crust is cooked through and cheese has melted. Remove to a cutting board and cut with a large chef knife or pizza cutter.