My First Attempt at Grilled Pizza Using Pillsbury Classic Crust
Don’t you just love the smokey, grilled flavor of a hot off the grill pizza? Yes, that is right, hot off the grill!! Grilled pizza happens to be one of my favorite things to order from our local Italian restaurant. I usually stick with a medley of fresh veggies because I simply love the sweet, and caramelized flavors the grill produces.
By now, you probably already know that I love to cook. I tend to cook on the healthier side, but I have shockingly never made my own grilled pizza! To be totally honest, the whole thought of making pizza dough from scratch scares me. While I have done it in the past, it is certainly not something I am fond of. That is why I tend to stick with great tasting pre-made dough from companies like Pillsbury. For our pizza, we used Pillsbury Classic Crust refrigerated pizza dough.
Since my daughter is gluten free we actually had to make two pizzas. We made a gluten free one for her indoors, and we grilled one for my husband and I outdoors. All I can say is that our first attempt at making grilled pizza was very interesting to say the least. There was no perfectly circular dough, no hand tossing, and certainly nothing I would want featured in a magazine.
In truth, we followed all the “how to grill pizza” instructions, prepped our grill grates, oiled our dough, and it still came out not so pretty, but guess what? Sometimes some of the tastiest meals are the ones that aren’t so pretty. My pizza came out sorta roundish, sort of crispy, and sort of burnt, but all in all we enjoyed it, and that is what really matters at the end of the day.
For our pizza, we brushed the stretched dough with garlic infused olive oil, and put it on our small charcoal grill. It probably would have been easier to use our gas grill, but we didn’t have any propane left in the tank. I played it safe with the toppings and went with garden fresh green bell peppers, onions, tomatoes and shredded mozzarella cheese. I thought these were a fantastic choice for a first time experience.
Overall, I found the Pillsbury Classic Crust to be the perfect “DIY Grilled Pizza” crust. It was easy to work with, and honestly very inexpensive. Our local Target had it on sale for well under $2! I thought it complimented my hearty sauce, and choice of toppings. I just wish it wasn’t such a stressful task to make. When you grill pizza, you really need to have your toppings outside and ready to go on. If your kitchen is far away it can be quite tricky.
- Small sliced onion
- Sliced assorted cherry and plum tomatoes
- 1 small bell pepper sliced
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 2 tablespoons olive oil (one for brushing the crust, and one for the grill grates)
- salt, pepper, and garlic powder* optional
- 1 can of Pillsbury Classic Crust Pizza Crust
- Prepare, and slice all your veggies
- Heat your charcoal grill up as you normally would
- Prepare a cooking sheet with a little flour or corn meal
- Stretch your dough out over the cookie sheet using your hands or a rolling pin
- Brush your dough with olive oil
- Put all your toppings on a tray and set them near your grill
- Grease your grill grates with the oil
- Place your pizza over the grates. Grill for around 4-5 minutes or until that side firms up
- Remove your crust, and place it on a plate, or pan. Add your toppings
- Let that side cook for an additional 5 minutes. *please note these times may vary so keep an eye on your pizza
- Remove from grill, and place it on your pan
In the end, we enjoyed our pizza, and have over came a small learning curve in organization, and time management. Thank you Pillsbury for this fantastic experience. We really cannot wait to try some of your gluten free products!