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Free Delivery: Pizza On The BarbecueAugust 18, 2011
There are lots of good reasons to grill your pizza on the barbecue. The most obvious is that you get to do it outside, which is where many of us want to be during that all too short Canadian season I refer to as ‘SpringSummerFall’, which is preceded and followed by a very long season I call ‘W—I—N—T—E—R.’
The next best reason for grilling pizza is the delicious smoky flavour soaked up by the crust, which also becomes nice and crisp. Grilling pizza works best with a thinner crust, and most experienced grillers recommend par-grilling the crust without toppings, removing it from the grill and flipping it, then adding sauce and toppings and returning the now-dressed pizza to the grill to cook the other side of the crust, heat the toppings and melt the cheese.
A couple of tips: go light on the sauce and toppings to prevent the crust from getting soggy; chop your vegetable toppings first and either sauté or cook them partway in the microwave, then drain liquid and add to the partially-cooked crust.
Among the hundreds of recipes at www.trestelle.ca are lots of pizza recipes. Any of them can be cooked on the grill just as easily as the oven. Guests who haven’t considered the idea will love it – and you can enlist them to add the sauce and toppings while you pre-cook the dough rounds.
One of the joys of pizza is that what tops the crust is only limited by your imagination. For grilling, base sauces can include marinara, pesto, flavoured olive oil, barbecue sauce, even guacamole or salsa verde. Grilled vegetables make great toppings, as do fresh herbs, arugula, olives, capers, caramelized onions, artichokes, chicken…the list goes on.
There are all kinds of cheese toppings to choose from too. Mozzarella, fresh mozzarella, ricotta, goat cheese, Parmesan, Gorgonzola, cheddar, Blue Cheese – they all work well, and you can find Tre Stelle’s delicious Italian-inspired versions of all of these cheeses at your local supermarket. Here are a couple of pizza recipes from TreStelle.ca that will work just as well on the barbecue:
For more, just type ‘Pizza’ in the recipe search box at TreStelle.ca
Next time: building a better burger…with cheese.
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