Grilled Personal Pizza

Make grilled personal pizzas to get kids excited about grilling outdoors. As the summer wears on and you’ve grilled out every week or so, you may be running out of ideas for things to grill. To give the kids and adults a break from the traditional hamburgers, hotdogs, chicken, and steaks, grill personal pizzas! This basic recipe is a welcome change when hosting a backyard cookout, pool party or sleepover this summer. To add even more fun, teach older kids how to grill their own pizza.

Ingredients:

1 cup warm water
½ package active dry yeast (about 1 & 1/8 tsp.)
1 ½ tsp. granulated sugar
½ tsp. salt
3 T. of extra virgin olive oil
3 cups bread flour
Blended Pizza Cheese (Mozzarella and Provolone)

Sauce Ingredients

1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
1 ½ T. extra virgin olive oil
1 T. Italian seasoning

Toppings

Pepperoni slices
Ground sausage or beef, browned
Tomatoes, sliced or cubed
Bell pepper, stripped or cubed
Black olives, sliced
Cheese, shredded or
Toppings of your choice

Instructions:

Make the Pizza Crust

In a large bowl, combine the warm water with the yeast, sugar, oil and salt. Mix until the yeast dissolves. Using a wooden spoon, mix in the flour, ½ cup at a time. Once it’s all mixed together, knead it on a floured counter until it feels elastic. Divide into 4 parts, roll each into a ball and let it rest for 10 minutes. Note that this dough does not rise.

Preheat the grill on medium heat or to 425 degrees.

Make the Pizza Sauce

While you are waiting for the grill to heat, get the sauce ready. Use a jar of prepared pizza sauce or make your own sauce, using the ingredients above. Adjust the flavor of the sauce to your liking by adding herbs or seasonings of your choice. Refrigerate.

Grill the Pizza

Now, your dough and the grill should be ready. Shape each individual dough ball into a round crust about 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch thick. Lightly brush one side of the dough with olive or vegetable oil and place oil side down on a baking sheet. Brush the other side of the personal pizza dough with oil.

Transfer the personal pizza crust to the grill and close the lid. Cook for approximately 3 minutes or until the bottom of the crust is set and slightly brown. Remove from the heat and set on cookie sheet, grilled side up. On top of the individual pizzas, add the sauce and a few toppings (not too many). Return to the grill and cook the other side.

Cooking the second side and the toppings may take from 3 to 10 minutes, depending on the size or thickness of your pizza, as well as the amount of toppings you added. Use a spatula to check the bottom of the crust every 3 minutes or so. You want the bottom to be slightly brown and the top to be done.

Once the personal or individual pizzas are done, put one or several on each person’s plate. Serve with a green salad. Makes 4 personal pizzas.

Variations:

There are many variations which can be created from this basic mini pizza recipe. A couple of them include:

Chicken Veggie Pizza Toppings

Tomato sauce or cream of chicken soup, undiluted
Green Peas
Carrots, sliced or shredded
Corn, whole kernel
Chicken, shredded or cubed
Potatoes, diced and boiled
Celery seasoning
Parsley flakes
Poultry seasoning


Fruit Pizza Toppings

Applesauce, instead of tomato sauce
Cherries, pitted and sliced
Strawberry slices
Melon cubes
Kiwi slices
Pineapple slices or chunks
Mint
Cinnamon

If you are trying to beat the summer heat by grilling out more, grilled personal pizzas may be a wonderful meal option for you. Since most children enjoy pizzas, you may want to create several variations, which will allow you to serve them more often. To vary the flavor, you may cook over regular charcoal or add a different type of wood chip each time you grill.

Teaching kids how to grill is the perfect summer activity to help you bond with the kids and help them awe their friends. Whether you’re grilling for family and friends or grilling for your child’s pool party or sleepover, you can use these Grilling with Kids Lessons to get everyone involved. With step by step, illustrated instructions plus grilling puzzles and educational ideas, you just can’t go wrong!

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