sustainable living

(late) Foodie Friday: a summer twist on your average pizza

Ok, I did this recipe about a week ago and I’m just now posting it. So in the last few years we have gotten very creative with our barbeque efforts. So we decided to make bbq pizza, yes like cooking the pizza on the barbeque. It was a slight disaster, but that just means I can give you all better advice on how to do it better!

Step 1: Get some pizza dough, you can get this in the frozen foods section and thaw it. Or, what we like to do is go to our local Italian deli and buy fresh pizza dough!

Step 2: Rolling out your dough is the first step where we messed up. We rolled out our dough to about 16 inches, which was a challenge to even get on the grill and to flip. I would recommend a 14 inch or even little personal pizzas instead.

Step 3: Put your rolled out dough onto the grill, this part was also challenging. I feel like it would have been easier if we weren’t grilling outside when it was 110 degrees… I recommend making sure your dough surface is generously floured to prevent sticking when the time comes to put your rolled out dough onto the grill.

Step 4: Make sure your pizza fixin’s are ready. For sauce we did a spicy infused olive oil (see below recipe). Then we used smoked mozzarella cheese (that we got at the farmers market), mushrooms, tomatoes, fresh basil (from our garden), and olives.

Step 5: Make sure you rotate the pizza dough 25 degrees every 2 minutes so that it doesn’t get unevenly cooked. So once you flip the dough, add your toppings to the cooked side.

Step 6: Take your pizza off the grill and enjoy!

Tips for success with this process:

  1. Have something big enough to flip your dough with, we used a specialty spatula
  2. Freeze your mozzarella cheese before your grate it. You won’t believe how much sticking it in the fridge for 15 minutes helps the grating process
  3. Have all of your fixing’s ready because once you start the process, it goes very fast.
  4. Have fun with this! Use lots of different cheeses, toppings, and sauces!
  5. Please don’t burn yourself, and if you do I take no blame

How to make spicy infused olive oil:

  1. Measure out 1 cup of extra virgin oil and put into a saucepan
  2. Put 1 tablespoon of garlic, and 1 and a 1/2 teaspoons of red pepper flakes into the olive oil
  3. Heat olive oil on low until you can start to smell the garlic
  4. Let the olive oil cool, and now you have spicy infused olive oil for everything from pizza to salads to sandwiches!

By using cheese and tomatoes from the farmers market, dough from a local deli, and basil from our own garden we are putting our eco-friendly practices to a fabulous use! Stay hungry, my friends!

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This is what happens when you don’t rotate your crust

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