Summer is here and its time for everybody’s favorite summertime treat, grilled pizza. The first step to a great pizza on the grill is stopping by Paulie’s for some of our fresh homemade sour dough crust and homemade pizza sauce! After you have our famous scratch-dough & sauce, its time to fire up the grill. Personally I like to use a grill loaded with lump charcoal, its carries the taste of wood without all the additives found in regular charcoal briquettes.
1. While your grill is warming up (gas or charcoal), its time to stretch the dough into the shape of your pizza. If the dough acts like an elastic band and wants to shrink after you’ve attempted to stretch, let the dough rest for 5-10 minutes. Do not shape your dough with a raised rim, this will come naturally through the grill process.
2. In a small bowl mix together some fresh minced garlic and Extra Virgin Olive Oil (E.V.O.O.). Brush the mixture on the grill grates (make sure they’re clean first!)
3. This is where a pizza peel may come in handy. Once the grill is hot enough (when you can’t hold you hand over the heat for more than 2 seconds) slide the pizza onto the grill and close the lid for about 2 minutes. If you don’t own a peel, you can still manage to “toss” the pizza neatly on the grill.
4. After the 2 minutes, check the bottom of the pizza with a spatula, make sure the bottom is evenly browned; if not rotate 90 degrees. Once the bottom is lightly browned, pull the pizza off the grill and place grilled side up on a cookie sheet.
5. Using a pastry brush, lightly spread your olive oil/garlic mix on the grilled side of your pizza. With a ladle, spread Paulie’s pizza sauce (less is more when it comes to toppings & sauce, nobody likes a soggy pie!) on top of the dough.
6. Add your favorite toppings and slide back onto the grill. Close the lid and cook for another 2-3 minutes, or until the bottom is lightly charred and the cheese is bubbly.
7. Pull off the grill with a spatula or your pizza peel and place on a cutting board. Mangia!
Look for a video later this week!