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Pizza on the Grill
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jducoeur
Not Grilled Pizza, note -- I've never quite understood the appeal of that particular fad, and my couple of attempts weren't successes. But a series of things made me realize the other day that I haven't made pizza in *ages* -- maybe not since Jane died. And while it's still a tad too warm for me to be enthused about running the oven that hot, it occurred to me that my stone *ought* to fit on my new grill.

Results: not bad, needs tweaking. The stone in fact fits perfectly: it fills most of the grill's surface (it's a small grill), while leaving a little room around it for airflow. As expected, my good newish infrared grill gets Hotter Than The Blazes of Hell (a solid 600 degrees): the pizza that traditionally needed 11-12 minutes in the oven was slightly overcooked on the grill in 9. So it looks like, with proper preheating, I want about 8 minutes for my usual thin-crust pizza. And in many ways the grill is much easier: I'm not bending over to the oven, I have easy access to the top of the pizza if things slide during the snap, and I'm not worried about crap falling off the sides onto the floor of the oven and burning.

The one thing that worked poorly was transporting the pizza. I have a fairly cheap wooden peel -- good enough to snap the pizza *on* to the stone, but too thick to easily get it *off* again. So I traditionally just grab the stone with my trusty Ove' Gloves, and pull it up on top of the stove to cut. But of course, the grill is out in the driveway, which is a *long* walk -- enough so that I began to burn my fingers right through the freaking Teflon. So if I continue to do this, I may need to invest in a thin steel peel, that can easily take the pizza off the stone when it's done.

The recipe needs work: we tried a sauceless pizza, largely inspired by some freshly-bought Chipotle Olive Oil from the lovely place we found down in Providence. The results were tasty, but the flavor of the oil is pretty mild, and the pizza was generally too dry. Consensus was that, if I do a sauceless pizza like that again, I need to double the sliced tomatoes on top.

(Kate's suggestion for next time is a Fajita Pizza, using my now-perfected Pico de Gallo as the "sauce", some southern-style ribs, pregrilled with a good rub, as the protein, and Poblanos for the veggie. That sounds good enough that I might try it next week.)

But overall, enough of a success that I suspect I will get back into the groove of making my own pizza. Doing it on the grill is slightly inconvenient from a transport POV, but being able to run something *that* hot, especially without overheating the kitchen, is really nice for this purpose. And pizza! Mmm...
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I am in the process of clearing out my house for sale (I've moved to an apartment in Worcester) and I have a metal pizza peel that I bought a long time ago from King Arthur Flour and never actually used. You are welcome to it, but the problem is, it's in Worcester and I don't often get into Boston or Cambridge, where you are ... and it would be a bear to try and mail! Open to suggestions, but in a week or so it may end up going to the Salvation Army.

Hmm. I don't know if there's a practical way for me to get it, but I'll think about that. (I suppose the question is mainly whether I have any excuse for going to Camelot sometime soon.) Thanks for the offer...

Whole wheat pizza crust, and metal spatula

We love pizza on the grill! Have you tried it with whole wheat pizza crust--you know I don't use any white flour anymore. :) I have a link to a good recipe on a blog post I wrote about pizza on the grill: http://zumbamybuttoff.wordpress.com/2013/07/12/whole-wheat-pizza-with-lots-of-veggies/

We have a giant metal spatula which I love for getting the pizza off the grill. One of the best things about it is that it folds in half, so it is easier to store than our wooden pizza peel. This is the one we have: http://www.amazon.com/Mr-Bar-B-Q-02538XOB-Stainless-Oversized/dp/B009UWLKGW


All right, I'll bite (pun intended): what's the difference between "grilled pizza" and "pizza on the grill"? Because what you're describing I've heard called by both names.

In my experience, when folks say "grilled pizza", they seem to usually be talking about putting the pizza right onto the grill plates, so you wind up with grill marks on the bottom of the pizza. I know that that can work, but it seems more trouble than it's worth to me. (I usually have enough issues with structural integrity on the stone as it is...)

Well, yes then I definitely agree with you.
I have heard the words both ways, but I'm with you on how I prefer the actual food.

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