Few things are better than cooking out in the backyard on a sunny day. However, grilling isn’t just for burgers and hot dogs – even our favorite comfort foods seem new and exciting when cooked over flames. That’s why we’ve gathered up some deliciously easy recipes for your next cookout. You can even pull many ingredients from your very own garden – what could be easier?
If you’ve never tried grilled pizza, you’re in for a treat. With our simple recipe, you can revitalize this popular cheesy dish and make it up in any fashion you desire. Pair it with a grilled romaine salad (you can find that recipe below, too!) and you’ve got the perfect weekend dinner for your family.
What You’ll Need
- Fire pit or grill
- Pizza stone
- Pizza cutter
- Grill tongs
In case you didn’t know, the best pizza is made in a very hot oven. Since grills and fire pits are capable of getting much hotter than a standard indoor oven, grilling is a great way to achieve the perfect homemade pizza. The heat from the grill will result in a crisper more authentic effect your whole family is sure to love!
Best of all, with homemade pizza you can have your favorite garden toppings and any ingredient ratio you desire. Keep in mind, too much sauce or toppings will cause the pizza to take longer to cook and make it more difficult to handle. Just follow our simple instructions, and you may just have the best pizza you’ll ever eat!
- 1 lb refrigerated or homemade pizza dough
- Pizza sauce
- Shredded mozzarella cheese
- Other toppings as desired (i.e. pepperoni, mushrooms, peppers, tomatoes, basil)
- Start a fire or preheat your gas grill to medium-high heat.
- Place stone on grill or directly on a grate over your fire to warm. If the flames are too high, you may need to spread out your wood.
- Roll the refrigerated pizza dough to your preferred thickness and place it on the heated stone.
- Brush the crust with oil and cook for a few minutes until the bottom of the crust is lightly browned and the top appears to be set. Remove from the fire.
- Flip the dough over, and then spread an even layer of pizza sauce on the browned side of the dough. Leave a half-inch rim of bare crust around the edge. Sprinkle mozzarella evenly on top of the sauce and add desired toppings.
- Place the pizza back on the grill or fire. Cook for a few more minutes until the bottom of the crust is browned and the cheese is melted. If cooking over a fire, place a foil tent over the pizza to allow the cheese to melt faster.
- Remove from the heat and serve immediately. Serves 8.
Since every grill and every fire is slightly different, cooking times will vary. It will depend greatly on the heat distribution, how thick your crust is, and how many toppings you have. It may help to rotate your pizza occasionally for even heating.
Grilled Romaine Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette
When you’re eating a rich cheesy pizza, salad makes a perfect pairing to keep things fresh (and we’d like to think, maybe even moderately healthy). However, plain old salads have gotten boring, so we thought – why not grill it?
Grilled salad is a nice twist on this traditional side dish. The soft outer leaves contrast well will the crunchy inner leaves, and the whole dish comes together with the addition of a tangy summer dressing. You’ll find yourself wanting to eat salad more than ever.
- 2 hearts of romaine, rinsed and dried
- Olive oil
- 12 oz grape tomatoes, halved
- Other desired toppings (croutons, fruit, etc.)
- Parmesan cheese, grated
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
- 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons anchovy paste
- 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
- Salt and pepper
To Make the Citrus Vinaigrette:
- Place garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, anchovy paste, white wine vinegar, and 2/3 cup olive oil in a jar with a lid. Secure the lid and shake to blend.
- Store covered in the refrigerator for up to a week.
To Grill the Romaine:
- Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Rinse and pat the romaine lettuce dry.
- Cut the hearts of romaine in half lengthwise and brush the surface with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Grill 4 to 5 minutes until leaves begin to soften and char slightly. While grilling, turn hearts occasionally. Remove hearts from heat and place on a plate.
- Drizzle with Citrus Vinaigrette (or dressing of your choice). Add tomatoes and other toppings and sprinkle with grated parmesan. Serve immediately. Serves 4.
Cooking on Your Grill
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