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Summertime Grilled Pizza

Summertime Grilled Pizza
 
Grilled pizza is super fun and once you master the dough, this is really easy. We love our bread machine for the dough.
Pizza Crust
1.5 cups warm water
3 T Olive Oil
1 tsp salt
4 tsp sugar
1 cup whole wheat flour
3 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp active dry yeast
2 T ground flax (optional)
Process pizza crust ingredients on dough cycle on your bread machine.   Make sure to adjust the water/flour to get the dough to the right consistency. Remove dough, place on oiled pan, divide into 9 pieces.   This makes a manageable size piece of dough easily placed on the grill and removed. I wouldn't go much bigger but you could definitely go smaller - maybe 12 pieces. Cover with towel and allow to rest until dough is very soft and will shape easily - 15 minutes at least. To make crust, rub your hands with olive oil, take one piece of dough and begin working it into shape. Well rested dough will easily expand especially if it hangs over your hand. You want the dough no more than ¼" -1/2" thickness. Place on oiled pan making sure the top has a bit of oil as well. Cover with towel.
We make our grilled pizza by grilling the pieces of dough first over hot coals on a Weber - takes about 45 seconds per side. I use my hands to quickly lay the dough on the grate. The dough will bubble on top. Flip it and grill the other side. We remove the grilled bread, add our toppings and warm in the oven if the coals are still too hot. With more control over your grill heat, you could grill the bread, add toppings and finish the whole thing on the grill.
You are only limited by your imagination when it comes to toppings.   However, you do need to prepare toppings like eggplant ahead of time because they will not cook on the grill or oven. This week we sautéed eggplant, onions and peppers and cooked the Italian Sausage while dough was resting. We removed the grilled bread, added fresh mozzarella, veggies, sausage and topped the pizza with fresh basil and a few chopped tomatoes.   This recipe comes with a 'happy family' guarantee - everyone loves it!