Use Your Grill for an Epic Fall Pizza Night

Stuffed crust tastes so much better when it's made on the grill.

Food Network Kitchen’s Grilled Stuffed Crust Pizza.

Food Network Kitchen’s Grilled Stuffed Crust Pizza.

Photo by: Matt Armendariz

Matt Armendariz

Chances are you made a pizza or two on the grill this summer. And while we've come to love some char on the bottom of our crusts, we found a genius way to keep grilling pies all year long. The key is to go beyond a Neapolitan-style pizza to something more hearty: stuffed crust.

Stuffed crust pizza is nostalgic, indulgent and frankly, just delicious. It's reminicent of kids' birthday parties and nights out with friends after a high school football game. Basically, it's the perfect fall grilling project to try at home.

Grilled Stuffed Crust Pizza is most-easily made using a standard gas grill, although, we bet you could use a charcoal model or smoker with high-heat capabilities if you really wanted to. The key is to ensure you have plenty of surface area to fit an 11-by-17-inch rimmed sheet tray, which will hold the pizza itself; and that your grill is hot enough — like 500 to 600 degrees F hot.

We topped our pie with classic pepperoni and stuffed the crust with standard mozzarella sticks, but if you prefer a different combination of flavors, that would also probably work just as well. Make sure to form the pizza in the pan in a temperature-controlled environment like your home kitchen before bringing it out to the grill. It'll make the process a bit more seamless once you start dealing with a super-hot grill.

Finally, once you give your pizza some time to rest, it's ready to cut up and serve. A pie is perfect for feeding a family of four with leftovers — ideal for working- and schooling-from-home lunches.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Stuffed Crust Pizza

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