Grilled Pizza Crust
Cooking Pizza on the Grill


A grilled pizza crust can add a delicious, smokey flavor to your pizza. We show you how to grill a pizza with a great recipe.

The trick is to get the crust to stand up to the heat and smokey flavors of the grill.

The use of a blend of flours help give the crust a little more texture which helps it grill a tad better.

You might not get it exactly right the first time, but don't give up.


This recipe is inspired by Chef Craig Prebe's recipe. Makes two 12" pizzas.



Ingredients

  • Ingredients: ¾ cup warm water
  • 1 packet active dry yeast
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 1½ cups unbleached flour
  • ¼ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Directions

In a large measuring cup or bowl, dissolve yeast in water. (Make sure the water is warm - not hot, not cold. Around 100 degrees.) Add the yeast and sugar and stir until the yeast dissolves. Let it stand for about 5 minutes to assure the yeast water is active. A thin layer of foam will appear at the top. That is a good sign.

Kneading with a stand mixer: Combine flours, salt, and cornmeal in a bowl of a mixer with a dough hook. Or, to mix by hand, place in a large bowl. Mix on lowest speed, and then add yeast water and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Mix on the slowest speed to allow the ingredients to come together, (or stir by hand with a wooden spoon). You may need to scrape down the sides with a spatula. Then move to medium-high speed and knead for 2 minutes. The batter should form a ball, unless it’s too wet or sticky. If so, add only enough flour to prevent it from sticking. The dough should come off the sides cleanly and form a ball.

If kneading by hand, turn the dough onto a well-floured surface. Use a pressing motion with the palm of your hands, turning the dough. Work the dough several minutes until it is smooth.

Put the remaining ¼ teaspoon of olive oil in a medium bowl. The dough will be sticky, so flour your hands before picking it up, and place it in the bowl. Turn it over several times until it is coated in oil.

Cover with plastic wrap, and place in a draft-free, warm place for 1 to 2 hours, until it rises to almost double in appearance.

Chill the dough in the refrigerator overnight, or for 1 hour to firm it up. Since this dough is slightly sticky, chilling the dough makes it easier to roll out. Chilling it overnight gives the dough more flavor and texture. Dough will keep in the refrigerator for 3 days. When ready to prepare the grilled pizza crust, grab dough by edges, turning the disk a few inches at a time. Roll into a crust shape.



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