This week is Pizza Week on the Lake Norman Foodie Blog. So, I was going to entertain you today with a review of a local pizzeria. However, at the last minute, my Mother-in-law came into town. This means, that I have no pizza review for you.
So, I decided to move up Recipe Friday, and turn it into recipe Monday.
Here is an easy recipe I created last year. Basically, I use the BBQ as an oven. This gives the pizza a nice smoky aroma and flavor. And I find it adds flavor to both the tomato and mozzarella pizza, and the pepperoni and cheese pizzas that I like to make. So, here are the recipes to both.
Before I forget, here is a suggestion. When using my charcoal BBQ, I find it quite helpful to put the pizza on a sheet of aluminum foil. They still get the flavor from the smoke, but they don't stick to the grill or burn as much.
1 Tube of Pillsbury pizza dough (not thin crust)
1 large ripe tomato
6 -10 leaves of basil
1 small roll of mozzarella (the real stuff, not pre-shredded or shaped into a block)
1 package of pepperoni
1 package of shredded cheese (I suggest one of the bags of mixed cheeses)
1 jar of pizza sauce or marinara sauce
1) Light BBQ and let it heat up
2) Unroll dough onto board with flour on top (to reduce sticking)
3) Stretch dough out by a few inches on each side
4) Cut dough in half, width-wise. (now you have two pieces approx same size)
5) Get two large sheets of aluminum foil, and use brush to spread olive oil on sheets (keeps pizza from sticking)
6) Transfer dough to aluminum foil
7) For tomato and mozzarella pizza. Brush olive oil onto top of dough. Then top with slices of mozzarella, then slices of tomato, and then pieces of basil. Try to keep the tomato from direct contact with dough as it makes the crust soggy.
8) For pepperoni pizza. Spread sauce onto top of dough. Then top with shredded cheese and pepperoni.
9) Bake each pizza for approximately 7-10 minutes. Try to keep it over indirect heat, or evenly spread heat. Don't place the pizza over a lump of hot charcoal in the middle. Keep a close eye on the crust, as it can burn easily.
10) Enjoy with a bottle of red wine!