Today is the first day of Spring which makes me oh so happy! To celebrate the warm weather we’ve been having, we decided to grill a pizza over the weekend.
Correction. The Duke grilled the pizza. I’m afraid of the grill. But I did all of the prep work.
Have you ever grilled a pizza? The flavor is wonderful! You need an actual pizza stone (not a metal pan). This set from Mr. Bar-B-Q is perfect because it comes with a stone, a pizza cutter and a HUGE shovel to get the pizza on and off the stone.
The heat of the grill makes the crust super crunchy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside.
Julia entertained us (and tried to drink her dad’s wine) while we waited for the pizza to cook.
Making a pizza on the grill is just as easy as using the oven.
I recommend using fresh dough (the fresh dough balls in the bakery section at Publix are my favorite). You can top your pizza with anything you like, but pesto and sweet peppers are my go-to toppings. It’s also a good idea to build your pizza on top of the shovel so you can easily transfer it to the stone outside.
Grilled Pesto Pizza with Sausage and Sweet Peppers
Recipe for 1 pizza
- 1 ball of fresh dough, homemade or purchased
- 1/2 cup basil pesto
- 1/2 lb Italian sausage, cooked and crumbled
- 1/2 large yellow pepper, sauteed
- 1/2 onion, sauteed
- 1/2 cup fresh grated mozzarella
- 1/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan
- Place pizza stone on grill and preheat grill to low for about 10-20 minutes.
- On a floured surface, roll out pizza dough until you get a round circle, about the size of the pizza stone.
- Lay the dough on top of the large shovel and spread the pesto evenly over the dough. Top with sausage, peppers and onions. Sprinkle mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses over the toppings.
- Carefully bring pizza to the grill and place on the hot stone. Close the grill and cook pizza for 20-25 minutes, or until crust is cooked and cheeses are melted.
- Carefully slide shovel under pizza and take the pizza off the stone. Turn grill off and leave stone on it until it is completely cooled.
- Cut pizza and serve hot.
I really hope you’ll try to grill a pizza this spring or summer! It definitely puts a fun spin on family pizza night. If the weather’s nice, bring the entire family outside to play while the pizza cooks.
* I was provided a grill stone pizza set by Mr. Bar-B-Q in exchange for my review. The recipe and opinions shared are completely my own. I only post my honest thoughts of the products that I review.*