Recipe courtesy of B. Smith

Grilled Pizza Margherita

  • Total: 1 hr
  • Prep: 55 min
  • Cook: 5 min
  • Yield: 5 to 6 portions
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Ingredients

11 ounces lukewarm water

1 teaspoons fresh yeast

1 tablespoon molasses

2 1/2 teaspoons Kosher salt

2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil

3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/3 cup whole wheat flour

Pizza Sauce:

2 cups plum tomatoes in heavy puree, drained, finely chopped

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/2 cup basil, chopped

1 1/2 tablespoons garlic, finely minced

Grilled Pizza Margherita:

Pizza Dough Recipe, above recipe

4 1/2 cups cheese

1 batch pizza sauce, above recipe

3 tablespoons parsley

6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Directions

  1. Mix the water, yeast and molasses in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. Let this stand for 12 minutes to activate the yeast (the water will foam slightly).
  2. Add the salt and oil to the bowl and mix well.
  3. With the mixer on low speed add the all-purpose flour and the whole wheat flour to the bowl and mix until all the flour is absorbed and the dough pulls away from the side of the bowl.
  4. Remove the dough from the bowl and cut the dough into 6 (5 1/2-ounce) portions. Roll the portioned dough into balls and place on an oiled baking pan. Brush the ball lightly with olive oil and cover with plastic wrap.
  5. If you are going to use the dough right away let the dough sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before using. You can store the dough after portioning for 1 day in the refrigerator, but you must let it sit at room temperature for 1 hour before using.
  1. Mix the tomatoes, basil, garlic and olive oil and set aside.;
  1. Prepare your fire - preferably a charcoal fire but a gas grill does very nicely also. Make sure the grill is set at least four inches from the fire.
  2. On an oiled surface, roll the dough out, using the palms of your hands. If the dough is sticking to the surface, lift the dough and drizzle a little more oil on. Make about a 12-inch circle with an even thickness.
  3. Carefully lift the dough being careful not to tear it. Drape the dough onto the hot spot of the grill. The dough will start to rise immediately. Carefully lift the edge of the dough and see the color of the bottom - it should be evenly golden brown - this should take about 2 minutes.
  4. Flip the dough over and place it on the side of the grill. Brush the cooked side of the dough with olive oil, spread some cheese and a tablespoon dollop of pizza sauce on the pizza, then drizzle the pizza with some extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with parsley.
  5. Continue to cook, until the bottom of the pizza is evenly golden brown, about 3 to 4 minutes.

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