I’ve been on a grilling kick so I decided to continue the trend with this Pizza Margherita. I was supposed to make Focaccia con Formaggio with the rest of the Ciabatta dough (like the other Mellow Bakers did), but I didn’t have any Ricotta Cheese. Not to mention the fact that my 30+ tomato plants and basil plants have been calling for me to make something with them besides salsa and marinara. So I decided to make use of them and the dough in this pizza.
I know you’ve been waiting to find out what I planned to do with the other two dough balls from my Grilled Herb Focaccia post so here you go.
Grilled Pizza Marguerite Recipe
Makes: 2 pizzas
- 2 dough balls (1 pound each) from pizza dough of your choice. I used the rest of the Ciabatta dough from the Grilled Herb Focaccia.
- Extra-virgin olive oil (to spread on the dough before grilling)
- Sliced fresh tomatoes (I used heirloom tomatoes from my garden)
- Fresh basil
- Sliced Mozzarella Cheese
- Crushed tomatoes
- Dried thyme and oregano (or your choice of herbs)
- Salt and pepper to taste
Take the dough balls out of the refrigerator and let them warm up to room temperature. I spread the dough balls out on parchment paper, covered them with plastic wrap and let them rest on the counter while I prepared the grill.
I placed a pizza stone on the grates and turned the outside burners of my gas grill to high. The I closed the lid to let it preheat to at least 450 degrees. The photo is a little fuzzy but you get the picture, right? I had never used my baking stone on the grill before. I think I thought it might crack, but then I decided if you could use the baking stone in a 500 degree oven, it should work on the grill, right?
I transferred the dough to the grate using a pizza peel. Then I par baked the dough for 5 minutes or so before adding the toppings. I left the parchment paper on for the first few minutes but then I removed it so the bottom would finish baking.
I forgot to make slits in the dough so it puffed up like a balloon. It was pretty funny. I had to carefully make slits with a fork to deflate the dough.
I removed the pizza from the grill and added the toppings. First, I spread it with crushed tomatoes and sprinkled it with thyme and oregano and salt and pepper. Then I added the sliced mozzarella cheese, tomatoes and basil.
Then I carefully returned the pizza to the grill using a pizza peel and grilled it just until the toppings were cooked and the cheese was melted. We waited until it cooled just a bit before slicing and eating. We tried to be patient, but it’s really hard when a pizza is just sitting there waiting to be devoured.
This grilled pizza was really good. I forgot to drizzle the dough with the olive oil. I think it would’ve helped the flavor and texture of the dough if I had done that before grilling it; however, my BF said it was great – awesome actually!
I liked the process and how easy it was to grill it. It tasted good, particularly the tomatoes and the fresh basil. It’s fun to eat fresh from your garden.
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