Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Grilled Pizza Dough

Not every pizza dough is alike. This one is perfect for grilling on the BBQ. The wheat flour adds a sturdiness, not to mention health benefit, to aid in the perfect browning.

Grilling Pizza Dough

2 1/4 c. white flour
2 1/4 c. wheat flour
4 1/2 tsp. coarse salt
1 1/2 c. warm water
3 tsp. yeast
1 1/2 tsp. olive oil  
3 T honey

Mix flour and salt in large bowl. Place warm water in a small bowl and sprinkle yeast over water and let sit (sprinkle with sugar). Let stand until dissolved (about 10 minutes). Pour yeast mixture into bowl with flour and salt. Add oil and honey. Mix with until course dough forms. Knead dough if not using a bread mixer. Cover bowl, let stand for at least 30 minutes. 

Roll little dough balls onto lightly floured or greased surface making individual pizzas into 10 to 12-inch circles. 

Heat BBQ grill to low. Brush or spray the bottom of pizza crust and lay on the grill. Close grill and check every 3 to 4 minutes. Crust will be ready to remove from grill when it is puffy and has a golden bottom. 

Remove from grill and turn it over so the uncooked size is facing down. Place pizza toppings onto the COOKED side of the pizza. Return to grill and close lid. Check after 5 minutes. Toppings will be melted and "cooked." Bottom will be golden. 

*I like to make some leftover (half-grilled) pizzas and freeze them for a quick dinner or lunch later.

One of my favorite wood-fired pizzas is served at a local pizza place called Malawi's. The Capri is my favorite. I think I have mimicked it well. What I do is add Alfredo Sauce (recipe below), fresh mozzarella, basil leaves and fresh, garden tomatoes. Then once the pizza is cooked I drizzle reduced balsamic glaze on top.

Our Favorite Alfredo Sauce

1/2 c. butter
1 pint heavy whipping cream (2 cups)
4 oz. cream cheese
1/2 tsp. minced garlic
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

In a medium saucepan, add butter, heavy whipping cream and cream cheese. Cook over medium heat and whisk until melted. Add the minced garlic, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Continue to whisk until smooth. Add the grated Parmesan cheese. 
Bring to a simmer and continue to cook for about 3-5 minutes or until it starts to thicken. 

*I have noticed if you blend up the shredded Parmesan in a blender (might take more than 1 cup) it tends to melt better.

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