Saturday, December 29, 2012

Hurricane Sandy - Day Three

I'm still catching up on all of our recent grilling adventures.  By the third day after Sandy we (my family plus Rocco and his family who live next store) had enough of roughing it and were debating ways to get out of town.  Also, it was Halloween but the NJ Governor had postponed the holiday as there were still so many power lines down.  So we figured we would make the best of things and cook something tasty for lunch.

As you know I'm handy with the grill and most meat, but when it comes to pizza, I'm a novice.  Rocco on the other hand, well... his name is Rocco, enough said.  So we put our talents together and decided to grill pizza for the kids.  We dressed up in our costumes and grilled some pizza which was about the best I had ever had outside of Naples.

Here is my recipe for pizza dough:

Drive to pizza place you like
Buy dough
Drive home
total time: 5-10 minutes

If you want to make your own dough or have a good recipe that is significantly better than your favorite pizza place's, please send me the recipe and I will publish it.

Making the pizza in the video:

1. Get your pizza stone really hot.  I've seen pizza grilled without a stone but I've never tried it.  I had the green egg at 650+ degrees.
2. Make a thin crust the same size as your stone (be sure you have a lot of flower on your pizza peel so nothing sticks). Rocco calls this "throwing pies".  The pizza dough we bought had to be divided into four mini doughs to fit on the stone.  Rocco put each in a bowl covered each with a bit of olive oil to prevent them from forming a crust.
3. Add a thin layer of sauce.  The sauce was just canned San Marzano tomatoes, chopped garlic and some salt and pepper.  Remember we had no electricity so we were making due.
4. Cheese was Mozzarella and Parmigiana but you could can be much more creative than that.
5. Toppings...  use your imagination.  Whatever you have lying around the house. Olives, sausage, vegetables, etc.
6. Each pie takes about 8 minutes on the egg.  Your situation will vary so keep and eye on things.  Crust is everything! Make sure it's crispy.

Check out the video:

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