Fall is here, but our weather will be great for dining alfresco for a few more weeks. We will continue to grill burgers, steaks, chops and salmon alongside fruits and vegetables from our farmer's market and local farm stands - pretty normal stuff. Imagine our delight when we stumbled upon a description of pizza on the grill.
This great casual meal lends itself to creativity. Simply prepare the ingredients and let your family and guests come up with their own dinner masterpiece.
Next month we would like to feature your ideas for tasty, healthy brown bag lunches-for school and for work. It's easy to fall into the rut of PB&J. Let's help each other broaden our carry along luncheon horizons. Send your submissions to Darlene Vinson at email@example.com; fax to 503-249-7672 or mail to 3510 N.E. 134th Ave., Portland, OR 97230 by Saturday, Oct. 15 for inclusion in the November issue.
Pizza on the Grill
Yield: 4 servings
1 pkg. (13-16 oz) refrigerated pizza crust
1-2 cups pizza or marinara sauce
8 oz mozzarella or Italian blend cheese
Assorted vegetables, meats and fresh herbs
whatever you like on your pizza.
Red Pepper Flakes
Pizza peel or rimless cookie sheet
Prepare your grill for high direct heat; make sure the grate is clean.
Put olive oil in a small bowl near the grill.
Prepare a work surface with a light dusting of flour. Place the pizza dough on the flour, cut into pieces sized for individual pizzas. Stretch or roll the dough to desired thickness.
When the grill is hot - you can hold your hand an inch over the grate for only 2 seconds - coat the grate lightly with olive oil. Using the pizza peel or cookie sheet, slide the pizza crusts onto the grill. Close the lid. After about two minutes, check to see if the dough is browning. Rotate if needed for even browning. Check it in another minute, being careful not to allow it to burn. The top will bubble with air pockets. Remove the crusts to cutting boards or plates when browned, cooked side up. Close the grill. Reduce heat to medium.
Brush pizza sauce on grilled side of crust. Add vegetables, cheese and meat in that order. Do not overload, or the result will be soggy.
Using the cookie sheet again slide pizzas, uncooked side down, back onto grill and close the lid. Continue cooking for three minutes or until crust is browned and thoroughly cooked, and the cheese melts.
Finish with parmesan and red pepper flakes, if desired.
Serve with a crisp salad. Maybe even enjoy a balmy fall night on the patio or deck.
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