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Grilled Margherita Pizza

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Grilled Margherita Pizza

For the Dough

  • 1 1/8 C Warm Water
  • 3 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 T honey
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 3 C all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt

For the Sauce

  • 1 can of San Marzano tomatoes
  • Fresh basil to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive Oil (about a quarter cup)

For the Pizza

  1. Ball of Mozzarella- some cut into small cubes and some cut into thin slices
  2. Basil- some whole leaves and some chopped
  3. Oregano and Crushed Red Pepper Flakes for the table

For the Dough

  1. Combine water, yeast, honey, and olive oil in a bowl and mix. After this mixture gets foamy (about 10 minutes or so), add in 2 1/2 cups of flour and the salt and stir until the dough comes together. Dough should be sticky at this point.
  2. Form the dough into a ball with your hands and add in the remaining 1/2 c of flour. Knead it on a floured surface for a few minutes.
  3. Rub the same bowl that you have been using with olive oil and place the dough inside the bowl. Coat the dough in the olive oil.
  4. Cover bowl with a towel and place in a warm place. Let the dough rise for about 1-1.5 hours.
  5. Once the dough has risen punch it down a bit and then place on a floured surface and roll out the dough (with hands or rolling pin or both).
  6. Place the towel back over the dough and let sit in a warm place for a few minutes before preparing your pizza.

For the Sauce

  1. Add the tomatoes, basil, s&p, and olive oil to a blender. Blend until smooth.

To Prepare the Pizza

  1. Place a pizza stone on the grill and turn on the grill to medium high to high.
  2. Dust some cornmeal onto a pizza peel and transfer your dough (that has already been rolled out) to the peel.
  3. Pre-Cook your dough on the grill for a few minutes (pop your bubbles that form)
  4. Take off the grill and add the pizza sauce to the dough (don't drown the dough in the sauce, it always looks like you do not have enough on the pizza, but you do!).
  5. Add the mozzarella and basil on top of the pizza.
  6. Carefully transfer the pizza to the pizza stone on the grill. Use your judgement to see when to take the pizza off. You can lift the dough a bit with a spatula to check the bottom of the pizza to see it is done cooking.

Notes

  1. When it comes to simple dishes like a margherita pizza, it really comes down to using high quality ingredients to get the best result in terms of taste. Use fresh basil, high quality mozzarella, and good tomatoes. Everything you do makes a difference in the final result!

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