Posted 12-19-2004 at 21:21:12
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All this talk about food made me want to share my all-time favorite pizza recipe.
Jim@concrdfarms this one is for you:
- Pizza dough (I dont want to provide a recipe for the dough since this is the Holy Grail of pizza making. Pick whichever one you like and you'll be happy.)
- Fire up the BBQ pit. Gas or charcoal does not matter. You need enough heat (hot coals) for about 20 minutes of baking.
- Prepare your dough. Make sure you let it rise as directed. Roll or "throw" it out into a long rectangular shape. I know you can't throw dough into a rectangle but you can start by throwing it and the press it into the grill shape.
- Have your sauce prepared and ready to go. Store bought is fine but please experiment with tomato paste, garlic, salt, pepper, and olive oil, and oregano. Other spices are fine ... such as fennel and chipoltle pepper.
- Have your toppings ready too. Sliced or shredded cheese and all the meats & veggies you like.
- Now the coals are hot so let's make some pizza.
- Brush olive or veggie oil on the grill grates (Pan cooking spray works too if you don't mind the flare up as you spray).
- Lay out your dough on the grate. It will cook one side pretty quick - about 3 minutes. You want the grill marks and darkend crust. That's where the grill flavor comes in.
- Take the dough off the grill with a spatula and flip it over (grilled side up) on a cookie sheet.
- Add your sauce, toppings and cheese in whatever order you prefer. In Chicago the cheese goes on the bottom ... for good reason.
- Slide the pizza off the cookie sheet back on the grill. Cover and cook until the cheese melts and the doughy side of the crust is done and slightly dark.
This is the best way to cook pizza I have ever found. It tastes great and is very quick to do if you are prepared for the cooking process. Try seafood and alfredo sauce instead of tomato sauce. Or try BBQ sauce and tomato sauce with pre-cooked chicken. They all work.
OK I am hungry and it is 11:00 PM - that is a bad thing.