Grilled Pizza Margherita
original recipe by Eating Deliciously
1 pound Basic Pizza Dough
Olive oil for oiling the grates and brushing the dough
All-purpose flour for dusting the cookie sheet or pizza peal
½ cup Basil Pesto
2-3 large heirloom tomatoes, sliced and patted dry
8 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced
2 tablespoons freshly grated parmesan cheese
Preheat a gas grill to 500°F for 15 minutes. Once the grill is hot, dip a tightly folded up bunch of paper towels in olive oil and use tongs to oil the grill grates.
Transfer the pizza dough to a lightly floured work surface. Shape the dough into a round. Note: you can prepare several pizza dough rounds and stack them separated by parchment paper. Store the dough rounds in the refrigerator for up to two hours before cooking.
Place a dough round on a lightly floured (rimless) cookie sheet or pizza peel. Slide the dough off the cookie sheet onto the hot grill grates. Close the lid of the grill and let cook for 2 minutes. After 2 minutes, open the grill and check underneath the dough to see if it is getting browned. If it is on one side, but not another, use a spatula or tongs to rotate the dough and cook for another minute. If it is not brown, cover the grill and continue to cook a minute at a time until the bottom has begun to brown. The top of the pizza dough will start to bubble up with air pockets.
Once the pizza dough has browned on one side, use your cookie sheet or pizza peel to remove it from the grill. Flip the dough over so that the grilled side is up. Keep the grill covered to retain its heat.
Spread the grilled surface of the pizza with basil pesto. Layer the tomato slices then mozzarella and sprinkle with parmesan. Go light on the toppings or the pizza will be heavy and soggy.
Slide the topped pizza back onto the grill and reduce the heat. Close the lid and cook for 2-4 minutes or until the bottom begins to char and the cheese is melted and bubbly.
Remove the pizza using your cookie sheet or pizza peal and a spatula. Let rest for a few minutes before cutting into slices and serving.