Barefoot Bloggers Bonus – Grilled California Pizzas

by Jessica on August 21, 2008

I have an ongoing love/hate relationship with pizza. I love it, but my thighs hate it. 🙂 However, that doesn’t ever stop me from eating it. Since I have no grill, I had to bribe my parents with a homemade pizza dinner if I “borrowed” their grill for a while. As you can see, success ensued.

Since I’m funny about my toppings, I had a my own version of a Margherita pizza and it was delicious! I especially loved the smoky taste from the grill. My parents had a chicken, bell pepper and onion pizza, which I noticed they had devoured in less than 10 minutes. So, I guess you could call this recipe a success, huh? Chosen by Rebecca at Ezra Pound Cake, I give you Grilled California Pizzas…

Cali Grilled Pizza

Grilled California Pizzas
Source: Ina Garten

For the dough:
1 1/4 c warm (100-110 degrees F) water
2 pkgs dry yeast
1 tbsp honey
3 tbsp good olive oil
4 c all-purpose flour, plus extra for kneading
2 tsp kosher salt

For the toppings (select 8):
1 red onion, thinly sliced
1 lb fresh mozzarella, grated
1/2 lb Italian Fontina, grated
1/2 lb mild goat cheese, such as Montrachet, sliced
1 red or yellow bell pepper, cored, seeded, and julienned
1/4 lb prosciutto, thinly sliced and julienned
1 bunch arugula, cleaned and dried
6 plum tomatoes, sliced 1/4-inch thick
4 pork or turkey sausages, cooked and sliced
1 bunch basil leaves, cleaned and dried
4 garlic cloves, roasted
Crushed red pepper flakes

For prep:
1/2 c good olive oil
Cornmeal

For the dough, combine the water, yeast, honey, and olive oil in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook. Add 3 cups flour, then the salt, and mix. While mixing, add 1 more cup of flour, or enough to make a soft dough. Knead the dough on low to medium speed for about 10 minutes until smooth, sprinkling it with flour, if necessary, to keep it from sticking to the bowl.
When the dough is ready, turn it out onto a floured board and knead by hand a dozen times. It should be smooth and elastic. Place the dough in a well-oiled bowl and turn it several times to cover it lightly with oil. Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel. Allow the dough to rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Divide the dough into 6 equal parts and roll each one into a smooth ball. Place the balls on a baking sheet and cover them with a damp towel. Allow the dough to rest for 10 minutes. Use immediately, or refrigerate for up to 4 hours.

If you’ve chilled the dough, take it out of the refrigerator approximately 30 minutes ahead to let it come to room temperature. Roll and stretch each ball into a rough 8-inch circle and place them all on baking sheets sprinkled with cornmeal. (You will be able to fit 2 pizzas on each 18 by 13-inch baking sheet.)

Light your grill and wait until it’s hot. Place the pizzas directly onto the grill and cook on 1 side for 1 minute. Turn the pizzas over and brush with olive oil or garlic oil. Top the pizzas with any toppings you wish, piling them high. Drizzle each pizza with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Put the lid on your grill and cook for 5 minutes more, until the crust is crisp and the toppings are cooked.

Cali Grilled Pizza 2

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 heather b August 21, 2008 at 7:09 am

yum! It looks delicious! I really wanted to do this one but I dont have a grill (the George Foreman really doesn’t count). Hope I can try it some day! Great job!

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2 Natashya August 21, 2008 at 7:15 am

Delicious looking pizzas! If you eat them standing up they have no calories. That also counts for beer.

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3 BMK August 21, 2008 at 7:30 am

You got some really nice grill marks on yours!

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4 The Cat's Pajamas August 21, 2008 at 9:17 am

Oh, yours looks great! I’m glad you bribed your parents… it’s inspiration to buy a grill, no? The Husband and I just bought our first grill when we moved to Kansas… it’ll be a sad day when we have to give it up.
~Cat

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5 Esi August 21, 2008 at 12:35 pm

They look great! I am hungry for these pizzas again!

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6 Rebecca August 21, 2008 at 1:28 pm

Yeah, could you put that second pizza in an envelope and mail it to me? Looks delicious.

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7 Rachel August 21, 2008 at 6:21 pm

That looks SOOO good! I love your thin crust!

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8 Suzie August 21, 2008 at 6:33 pm

Yours look great. And your parents are so lucky that you come and cook for them. Hope my kids do that for me one day!

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9 joelen August 22, 2008 at 2:35 pm

Pizza on the grill is amazing… looks great!

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10 pamela August 22, 2008 at 8:52 pm

Mmmmmm…looks fabulous.

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11 Tom Aarons August 24, 2008 at 9:49 am

Drool… 🙂

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12 katie102006 August 27, 2008 at 8:09 am

I love grilled pizza like WHOA!

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13 The baking Chocoholic August 27, 2008 at 2:38 pm

That looks good!I like the tomato one the best!

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14 Karen September 2, 2008 at 7:53 pm

i could eat pizza every day. that margherita one looks really good.

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