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Quick Dinner Ideas: Grilling the Perfect Pizza

I love grilling. It’s the perfect way to cook meat and vegetables, but have you ever tried grilling a pizza? Grilling pizza is a quick dinner idea that will win over your family. The only problem is you’ll never be able to eat a cardboard pizza in the oven again; then again, that’s not such a bad thing. Grilling pizza is easy and that goes for your standard cardboard pizza or pizza made from scratch. You’ve seen grilling instructions on the packages, but now it’s time to try it out.

Why Should I Grill A Pizza?

So, what’s the point in grilling a pizza when we’ve a perfectly good oven that can do it just as fast? There are couple reasons why grilling is better. When it’s 100 degrees, why would you want to turn the oven on? Even with central air, there’s no sense in heating your house any more than you have to. Also, the flavor you get when cooking meat on the grill will also get into the pizza. That perfect smoky flavor with your pizza is a taste that is simply out of this world.

Cardboard Pizzas

A cardboard pizza is one of those pizzas you get from the store. The dough and everything has been frozen, and you’re basically melting the cheese and warming everything up. Cooking these on the grill is simple: you place it on the grill and wait until the crust is a golden brown. The time depends on the hotness of your grill and the thickness of the crust. I always like to use thin crust pizzas because it’s easier. If you’re using a thicker crust, then you might want the grill temperature to be lower to allow for a more even cooking.

Homemade Pizza

A homemade pizza is a little different since the dough is completely raw. Use your favorite dough recipe, brush some olive oil on the grill grates and place the dough directly on the grill. If the grill is hot, then it shouldn’t fall through the grate. Close the grill and let it cook for about two minutes. Open the grill and check the bottom of the dough, it should be getting brown. If not, then close the lid and let it cook for another minute. Open the grill and flip it over. Brush the top with olive oil and cover with a little tomato sauce, cheese and your favorite toppings. Don’t go overboard on the sauce and toppings or the pizza will be soggy. Close the lid and cook for another 3-4 minutes.