Homemade pizza is something I learned to make from my old roommate, Elizabeth. She was an AMAZING baker, and sometimes she would make us homemade pizza for dinner! I loved living with her, and it was so amazing to come home to delicious smells and fresh made pizzas. How could you NOT love that??
I’m a TERRIBLE baker, probably because I’m a cook and I want to improvise everything according to how I’m feeling that day. But pizza dough – I finally got the hang of it after nights of tutelage from Elizabeth!
You can make your own dough or buy it from the supermarket, or even from your local neighborhood pizza joint. It’s easy and inexpensive, either way.
I used this recipe to utilize my KitchenAid mixer, since I was caramelizing onions at the same time, and I love using my mixer (also an engagement present – woo hoo!). I was unfortunately COMPLETELY distracted, and added way too much water to my dough when I was making it. So after another like 2 cups of flour, I had a workable dough. The amount of flour and water you use will change depending on how humid the day is by the way – you need to work the dough judging by the way it feels in your hands and add water/flour as needed.
So what I like to do is make my pizza dough, then put it in the fridge to use as needed in the coming days. It’s so convenient! Then whenever I’m going to make pizza, I pull out however much dough I need, cover it with a clean kitchen towel, and leave it on the counter for 30 minutes so that it comes to room temp. Dough can be kept in your fridge for as long as 5 days.
Since it’s been SO HOT lately, I used our grill to make our pizza!
Preheat the grill on high for at least 10 minutes so that the inside can get nice and hot. Oil the grill with a paper towel and some olive oil, then place the dough directly on the grill, and close the hood.
Look at those grill marks! I was going for some char here, which gives it almost a coal fired taste. YUM. So now that bottom of the pizza is now the TOP. This is where you’ll be building the toppings on!
I topped this with BBQ sauce, some pulled pork, caramelized onions, and generous handfuls of shredded mozzarella cheese. Place the pizza back on the grill, and close the hood – this only needs a few minutes (3-4) for the cheese the melt.
You can add almost anything to a pizza and have it come out amazing! What is your favorite pizza topping?