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#1045 - Grilling Pizza
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With our big national holiday looming tomorrow, it's more or less a given that our national 4th of July meal will be cooked on the grill. A lot of you will be throwing some burgers, steaks and corn on the cob onto the grill, but there is ample reason to give another American mainstay a shot. And that would be the Pizza! Jerry loves making pizzas for the grill and has the technique down pat.
The key is a good pizza dough. Here's a great recipe:
Pizza Dough for the Grill
• 2 cups warm water (110°F to 115°F)
• 1 (1/4-ounce) packet active dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
• 5 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
• 1 teaspoon kosher salt
• 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for oiling the bowl
. Place water in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a hook attachment, sprinkle yeast on top, and let rest until mixture is bubbling, about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, place flour, sugar, and salt in a large bowl and whisk to combine. Oil a second large bowl and set aside.
. When yeast mixture is ready, add flour mixture and olive oil and mix on low until flour is moistened and dough starts to come together, about 1 minute. Increase speed to medium low and mix until dough starts to get smooth, about 1 minute. Increase speed to medium and mix until dough is smooth and stretches 3 to 4 inches without breaking, about 6 to 10 minutes more.
. Transfer dough to the oiled bowl, cover with a damp towel or plastic wrap, and set in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour. (The dough can also be covered and placed in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.) Once dough has risen, punch down, shape, and grill as desired.
Jerry's technique is to roll out the dough to about 10 inches round. It should not be thin, lest it fall through the grill. Brush both sides with olive oil, then place on the grill over a low to medium fire. Allow it to cook for about 10 minutes, then with a pair of broad turners, carefully flip the crust over. Immediately fill the pie with whatever you want, then lower the grill cover. In about 2 minutes it will be done, and you'll be enjoying hot fresh pizza made to order.