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.

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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