January 10, 2011

This Week's Cravings - PIZZA!

Happy Monday - who has snow? :)

Today we are celebrating National Pizza Week - yes a whole week dedicated to the deliciousness we know as pizza. Yum!

I'm sharing a couple items - a great pizza dough recipe a dear friend gave me years ago, and how to grill pizza. Whether making fresh or reheating pizza, grilling is a great way to go - it keeps your dough nice and crispy!


Welcome to This Week's Cravings!

It's pizza time!

Dough:
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 pkgs instant yeast
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tb sugar
  1. Pour yeast into a medium bowl. Add warm water - set aside for 2-3 minutes. It will get a little foamy - this is a sign of good yeast!


  2. Combine flour and sugar in a large bowl. Pour yeast-water into flour and mix with a wooden spoon until the dough begins to clump. Work dough with your hands to form a ball.

  3. On a lightly floured surface, knead dough 3-4 minutes until smooth and elastic. Form into a ball.

  4. Place ball in a greased bowl; cover with a thin dish towel and place somewhere warm. {On top of the oven or inside the microwave are good places.} Allow dough to double in size - approx 10-15 minutes depending on temperature.



  5. Remove from bowl to a lightly floured surface. Punch down and roll to desired size. We divided the dough into 2 portions but it can easily make individual pizzas for 4-6 people.


  6. Prepare baking sheet or baking stone by spraying lightly with non-stick spray then sprinkling with cornmeal.

  7. Bake at 350 for approx 10 minutes. This makes the dough 'set' and is easier to transport onto the grill.
- After baking, you can garnish and serve immediately. Or, you can wrap pizzas in saran wrap and aluminium foil then freeze. Freezer pizza is great to have on hand - thaw, top with leftovers and grill for a fast and inexpensive meal!

Toppings:

Pick your favorites! We used:

  • fresh tomato
  • bell pepper
  • ricotta cheese
  • mushrooms
  • spinach
  • caramelized onions
  • Spicy Spaghetti Sauce
  • mozzarella cheese

{Optional: Brush dough with melted butter or olive oil. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and italian seasoning. This gives the crust so much flavor!}


    1. Get your grill going - we have a standard propane grill, it was set to medium-high heat.

    2. Put dough on a baking sheet for easier transport. Add your toppings, here's mine pre-cheese:

    3. Carefully slide onto your grill. Cook for 5-8 minutes, until crust is desired crunchiness. I like it a little crunchy, hubby likes really really crunchy crust.

    4. Remove from grill using a metal spatula to help slide the pizza back onto your baking sheet.

Our finished pizzas...
  • Hubby - see how he sprinkled italian seasonings on top of the cheese? It's so yummy!


Mine :)


Have fun with my other 'pizza' themed recipes: Pepperoni Pizza Dip or Pizza Stuffed Pretzels!


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Christmas Morning: Breakfast & Brunch
Dec. 27 -
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Jan. 3 - Let's get H-E-A-L-T-H-Y!
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Jan. 17 - National Pie Day
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7 comments:

Our Treasured Home said...

Your pizza looks great and would be wonderful to make while camping!

Jenna @ Newlyweds said...

Yum, I've been meaning to try grilling pizza, it always looks so yummy.

PERMANENT POSIES said...

Your pizza looks awesome! I may borrow your crust this weekend.

Katie @ This Chick Cooks said...

Yumy. Your pizza looks awesome and I love that you did it on the grill!

Donnie said...

That looks so delicious. Love the fact that you did it on the grill.

Amy said...

Now you made me crave pizza! LOL

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Ann Kroeker said...

Grilling pizza! Wow, I never would have thought of doing that--I always bake it. Thanks for the step-by-step instructions and linking to Food on Fridays1