Monday Menu

Pizza time!

 

Yesterday I cooked a pizza in the grill. NO, I did not put a frozen pizza in the grill. I made a homemade pizza and cooked it in the grill.  Now this is the first time that I have ever done  this, and I have to say that the pizza came out pretty well, and my kitchen didn’t get  hot.  I got the idea from reading the online magazine The Meridian which  has a daily segment from The Prepared Pantry and its originator, Dennis Weaver.

I have been making homemade pizza for  my family since my oldest kids were young.   We like pizza and we couldn’t afford to buy out very often, and we didn’t like the taste of frozen pizza.  Homemade pizza is also  healthier; it doesn’t have all of the grease that restaurant pizza has.  The trick is in finding the right crust recipe that you are willing to work with.  I found one such recipe about 20 years ago and have been using it ever since.  All of my kids have learned how to make it and have made dinner for us using this recipe.  Here is  the recipe for homemade pizza.  This is a thin crust pizza.

Pizza Crust:

1 cup warm water

1 package yeast or 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast

1 t of sugar

1t salt

2T of vegetable oil (I use olive oil)

2 1/2 cups of flour

Pour the water into a glass or plastic bowl (never use a metal bowl with cooking with yeast) and mix the sugar and the yeast in the water.  Let sit for five minutes.  Add the salt and the oil and the flour, mixing the dough until it pulls away from the bowl.  Stir the dough for about 20 strokes to “knead” it.  Cover the bowl with a cloth and let sit and rise for five minutes.  Divide the dough into two balls and spread each ball  out on a greased pizza pan or cookie sheet.

Spread with pizza sauce–we use Market Basket pizza sauce–and top with cheeses of your choice and other toppings. Don’t layer your toppings too deep or the crust won’t cook all the way through. Bake in a 425 degree oven for 15 minutes.  Slice and enjoy.

Now, if you want to cook it on the grill, here are the directions.  You need a grill with a cover in order to cook your pizza.  Preheat your grill–I turned mine up all the way and let it get hot to about 500 degrees.  When I opened the hood to put in the pizza, the temp went down to around 400 degrees.  You want to raise your pizza as far a way from the flames as possible, so put another pan like a cookie sheet underneath.  This will allow the heat to slow down a bit and not burn your pizza.  Close the cover and let cook for about 8 minutes.  Check the bottom of the crust to make sure it is cooked but not burned. About half way through the cooking process, I turned the heat down.  You can turn the pan 180 degrees half way through the cooking process if your grill doesn’t cook evenly.

The first pizza I cooked burned a bit, but by the second one, I was getting the knack, and it came out great. It even smelled like restaurant pizza when it was cooking.

In addition to pizza made in our  home, we like bread sticks, too, so we use this same pizza crust recipe to make yummy bread sticks.  Here is that recipe.

One pizza crust recipe

Topping:  Combine the following ingredients in a small bowl.

1/2 cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese

2 t dried Italian seasonings, crushed

1/4 t garlic powder

1/8 t pepper

1/4 t paprika

Make the pizza crust as directed above for pizza, and roll out the crust on two cookie sheets. Using a pizza cutter or a knife, cut dough into strips and then brush dough with olive oil. Bake in the oven for ten minutes at 425 degrees. Take from the oven and sprinkle the cheese topping onto the dough and bake for another five minutes or until the cheese melts.  Remove from the oven, slice the bread sticks and serve. You can warm up some of the pizza sauce for a dip.

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4 Responses to “Monday Menu”

  1. Donna Mitchell Says:

    Who is posting? It is always more interesting to know since it is easier to relate to the poster.

  2. portsmouthwardwomen Says:

    Hi Donna! Pam is posting this week.

  3. portsmouthwardwomen Says:

    Sorry, Donna. I almost added a clue by saying even Wade can make home made pizza.

  4. Ginger J Says:

    I’ve been wanting to try grilling pizza for ages! I’m glad you paved the way. I’ll try it when we get back.

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