Sunday, August 2, 2009

Grilled to Perfection

Our recent houseguest Kara turned us on to a great idea - grilled pizza! We just had to try it ourselves this past weekend and it was so easy to do! We had a few friends over but still had plenty of leftovers since we tried our hands at 3 different pizzas: Mexican, BBQ Chicken and - my usual order - Pepperoni/Black Olives/Mushroom.

We bought dough from the Pizza Station at Whole Foods and Bob rolled the three pies using a rolling pin and plenty of flour. Brush each pie with olive oil on one side and throw it on the grill, oiled side down, for only 1-2 minutes with the grill lid closed.

Brush uncooked side with olive oil and flip over.

Add your toppings to the cooked side - making sure to use toppings that don't need to be pre-cooked - and grill for another minute or two. Remove from the direct heat, close the grill and cook a bit longer.

We had a bit of a crisis when the gas in the grill ran out halfway through the process, but thanks to some generous neighbors, dinner was saved! They will definitely be getting some "thank you" brownies!

Pepperoni, Black Olives and Mushroom
1 can tomato sauce
2 small cans black olives, chopped
1/2 container mushrooms, sauteed in oil
1/2 sleeve pepperoni - or however much you want!
lots of mozzarella!

Spread sauce over pizza crust. Add remaining ingredients and top with cheese!

BBQ Chicken
1 package prepared grilled chicken strips, diced
1 cup hickory BBQ
1 Tb honey
1 tsp molasses
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
1 cup Gouda, shredded
1 cup red onion

Bring chicken, BBQ, honey, molasses, brown sugar and cilantro to a boil and remove from heat. Spread over crust, topping with onion and gouda.

Mexican Pizza
1 can refried beans
1 jalapeno pepper, diced
Shredded American cheese (or pre-shredded Mexican style)
1/4 head lettuce, shredded
1 tomato, diced

Spread beans on crust, add cheese and pepper. Bake/Grill. Add lettuce and tomato just before serving.

The crust for the BBQ chicken pizza was a little wider than our sauce would stretch, so we cut off a chunk. We thought it might end up being a mini pepperoni, but we decided to try breadsticks! We brushed it with olive oil, added some garlic and a hefty amount of parmesan cheese. They grilled about the same amount of time as the pizzas and were delicious!

All in all, a great summer night eating dinner with friends on the balcony. . .and a great rest of the weekend eating the leftovers and not having to think about what to make!


  1. Lydia, I don't know how you of all people could forget to include the cheese as part of two of the recipes! - Bob

  2. oops. . .just updated. Let me just say, Bob, that I was referencing YOUR ingredient list :-)

    I know you originally had mozz as part of the mexican pizza too, but we stuck with just the mexican mix.

  3. This sounds really good... I might just have to try it =)I'm always looking for new recipes... the same ones get old after awhile! Thanks- Carol

  4. We made pizza twice last week! :) And when we grilled sausages, I remembered to buy baked beans, and they really completed the meal. So I owe you for that one!

  5. YUMMY!!! I think I will try to grill a pizza this summer. It sounds delish!