Nothing says summer like a barbecue. Change up the classic BBQ fare and have a create-your-own pizza night. Your guests will love you for it, and you'll get to enjoy the local tomatoes and peppers in season!
You can find ready-made pizza dough at your local grocery store, or you can make your own. (It's not that hard. Trust me!) A beautiful selection of vegetables, herbs, cheeses and meats will get the creative juices flowing!
- Pizza dough, divided and shaped into mini mounds
- Pizza sauce (a can of crushed tomatoes + 1 teaspoon salt + dried basil and oregano)
- Barbecue sauce
- Olive oil
- Salt, Pepper, & Spices
- Fresh herbs: basil, oregano, cilantro
- Cheeses: Mozzarella, Feta, Parmesan
- Veggies: Tomatoes, Peppers, Onions...anything fresh and in season!
- Meats: Pepperoni, Ham, Chicken, Prosciutto
- Pizza stone
- Pizza peel (or a cookie sheet can work)
- Pizza cutter
- Parchment Paper
- Turn your BBQ on high heat, and place your pizza stone directly on the rack and close. Heat that baby up.
- Cut parchment paper out to fit your mini pizzas, a couple inches larger so you can pick it up and place it on the peel. Place a dough ball in the middle of each parchment paper and gently push it out to be a circle. (You can have your guests do this part, or have it ready to go for them.)
- Add sauce, seasonings, spices, and toppings!
- Once the pizzas are made, slide them onto the peel , then onto the hot stone, keeping them on the parchment paper. Cook a few minutes, then rotate the stone and cook another few minutes. Check the crust - it chars quickly! You may want to turn the flames down.
- Once they're ready, take them out, slice them up, and enjoy! If you want to serve it up NY style, do what the pizza chefs in Brooklyn do: top with a bit of fresh mozzarella and fresh basil, then add a drizzle of local olive oil!
Pizza Dough Ingredients
- 4 cups of flour
- 2.5 cups iced water
- 2 teaspoons instant yeast
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 4 oiled plastic containers with lids
Pizza Dough Steps
- Mix 3 cups flour, yeast, and salt in bowl. (A stand mixer with a dough attachment works great if you have it!) Add 2.5 cups of your iced water (minus the ice). Mix for a minute or so--it should be good and wet--then cover and let rest for 20 minutes.
- Turn mixer on low and mix for 3 minutes. Start adding in the remaining cup of flour, 1/4 cup at a time, mixing well in between each addition until the dough just starts to pull away from the side. If you find you've added too much flour, just add a few teaspoons of ice water again. Mix for another few minutes. Let rest for 15 minutes.
- Take your dough out and place it on a floured surface. Knead it, then shape your dough into mounds. This recipe easily makes two large pizzas, or you could make four (or more) mini pizzas out of it.
- Place your mounds into the oiled plastic containers. Let rest for another 15 minutes, then put in the fridge. Take out 2 hours before you need it so the dough can rise.