I realize that it’s technically autumn now, but I’m not willing to let go of summer just yet. Luckily my favorite summer cooking tool, the grill, can be used well into the autumn. Pizza never goes out of season and one of the best ways to enjoy pizza is to make it on the grill. Use your favorite dough recipe or buy a few premade doughs from a pizza shop. It is easiest to grill pizzas on a gas grill. Set the grill to medium heat and close the lid. The temperature inside should be about 400 degrees, so adjust the flame as necessary. Assemble the flatbreads on a pizza peel dusted with cornmeal or semolina. Slide the pizza on to the grates and close the lid. Check on the pizza in 2-3 minutes and rotate if necessary then replace the lid and wait another 3-4 minutes. Remove the pizza to the peel and try to wait a few minutes before devouring.
The best thing about pizza is the endless possible combinations. Gather an assortment of cheeses, fresh veggies and herbs then let your palate take over, or try a few from the list below. Remember less is more and too many ingredients will result in a soggy pie!
- Tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella and basil
- Pesto, fresh tomatoes and ricotta
- Shaved zucchini, anchovy, mint and ricotta
- Tomato sauce, fresh goat cheese and oregano
- Peaches, arugula and prosciutto(at the end)
- Cooked Italian sausage, tomato sauce and parmesan
- Fresh tomato, olives, pesto and goat cheese
- Blue cheese, fresh figs, mint and honey (at the end)
Chef Sarah Helsley