grilled pizza.

This is totally lame, but until recently, I didn't really use my grill. I always found it a bit intimidating and I was fairly certain I was going to burn the house down. (And true confessions, it was always the guys in my life that did the grilling). Due to the fact that I'm currently sans man, my cravings for grilled meats and veggies have gotten the best of me and I recently decided to figure things out. I learned that oil/cooking spray is key--and it's really not that hard.

So, onto the grilled pizza--this is way easier than I thought it would be, and it ended up being super cheap because I bought all of my ingredients at Trader Joes:

I used Trader Joe's pre-made garlic pizza dough and bruschetta sauce (which is so, so good), a bag of shredded mozzarella (next time I'll use fresh) and some olive oil.

All you need to do is:

  • Preheat your grill for about 10 minutes at a high temp (between 450 and 500 degrees). 
  • Take a paper towel dipped in olive oil and rub all over using grill tongs to make sure the grates get oily (or just use cooking spray). Either way, you don't want a sticky dough situation. 
  • Put down the flattened dough, cover the grill and wait a couple of minutes until the bottom of the pizza is cooked and has those nice grill marks. 
  • Remove the dough from the grill and add your toppings to the cooked side (go easy on the sauce though, because it will get soggy if you're overzealous).
  • Return to the grill and cover until the cheese is bubbly and the crust is cooked through.

I drizzled the final product with some balsamic glaze, and it was delish--it kind of reminded me of the bruschetta pizza from Roma Pizza in Kennebunkport which is super tasty. Best of all, it was SO easy, and I think it finally got me over my grilling fears. The possibilities are endless, and I could totally see myself making some sort of variation when I have people over (even as an app).

Go forth and grill!

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