February 19, 2013 by burkej09
As a kid I always thought the best dinner nights was when I got to help mom make Chef Boyardee pizza from the pizza kit. A couple years ago I bought a Chef Boyardee pizza kit for $5 and reminisced the good ole days. However, after eating the delicious pizza, I realized that this $5 kit was quite simple. I did some research, found some very easy pizza doughs, found a lot of easy pizza sauces, and then I realized that this kit was unnecessary. Years later, I now make my pizza on my grill, and it’s better than anything you can order from delivery!
I’m sure this exact pizza dough recipe is out there somewhere, but here is what I have been doing:
1) Fill a measuring up with one cup hot water.
2) Sprinkle in active dry yeast packet. Add a pinch of white sugar.
3) Let sit 10-15 minutes, until frothy.
4) Put about 3 cups flour in a bowl. Add a teaspoon of salt. Add about 2 tablespoons of good olive oil. You can always add more olive oil if you like.
5) After the yeast has activated, pour water/yeast in flour and stir with a spoon until it pulls away from the side of the bowl. Then knead with your hands until a nice ball of dough forms. Set dough in oiled bowl and cover with a damp cloth or paper towel. In you’re in a hurry, you can let the dough rise for about 15-20 minutes and then punch it down and spread it. If you have the time, let the dough sit for an hour, punch it down, put the towel back over it, and let it set for another hour. Meanwhile, pre-heat the grill to get it as hot as you can.
6) After rising, knead the dough a little, spread some corn meal on a pizza pan or counter, and spread the dough out 1/4″ thick.
1) Take the dough out to the grill and rest on the hot grate for a couple minutes. Stay close, carefully watch the bottom of the crust. When it starts to brown underneath, carefully use two tongs or spatulas to take the crust off the grill and flip it on the plate so the harder side is up.
2) If you want, spread olive oil around the crust, the add pizza sauce, and optional toppings. For cheese, buy a block of mozzarella and a block of whatever other cheese you like on your pizza and grate it yourself. It’s fresher this way, you get that awesome stringy cheese effect, and you don’t have the added chemicals and preservatives from the shredded cheese you buy in the package. If you put meats on your pizza, pre-cook them. They will not cook on the pizza!
3) Rest the pizza on the grill stay close because it will cook fast. Instead of constantly peaking and lifting the lid, you can prop up the grill lid 6″ so there is a constant air flow and your pizza will cook more evenly. Once the edges of the crust turn golden brown, take the pizza off the grill and it’s done!
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Homemade Pizza Sauce
1) Dump a can (6 oz.) of tomato paste in a medium bowl. Add a an equal amount of hot water.
2) Pour in about 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese.
3) Add a teaspoon of minced garlic.
4) Add about 2 tablespoons honey.
5) Spice with onion powder, dried oregano, dried basil, ground black pepper, cayenne pepper, and salt.
I have found this is best if you make this a day before and refrigerate over night. Otherwise, make about an hour before you plan to cook the pizza.