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Does your family love pizza but your house heats up when you turn on the oven during the hot summer months? We have a solution for you. Grilled pizza. Yes, as in grilled in the bbq pizza.
Mmm…pizza. A favorite for many, it can be counted on to satisfy each time you bring it to the table, especially kids. Pizza offers the opportunity to be adventurous with a mix of seasonal veggies, or to keep it simple with a single topping. It’s the easiest way to sneak in extra nutrition for the picky eaters in the house.
If you are thinking: I just can’t make my own dough. Or, it’s too complicated! We’ve got you covered. Seriously.
Part of our school lunch menus is to help you plan ahead what you are going to feed your family for the week. We make suggestions and often provide a simple recipe everyone will love. Of course, leftovers are repackaged in a lunch container and taken to school. Viola! Cook once, eat twice.
This quick pizza dough is basically a fool proof way of making dough. The way it should be: real ingredients and real simple. A full tablespoon of yeast takesout the wait usually involved with making pizza dough. Bonus: kids won’t notice it’s whole wheat.
Quick Pizza Dough
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon warm water
- 1 tablespoon yeast
- 3 cups whole wheat pastry flour
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1 tablespoon oil
In a pyrex measuring cup measure water and warm in the microwave for 15-20 seconds (about 130 degrees). Make sure the water isn’t too hot or it will destroy the yeast. Add in honey, yeast and stir. Let yeast mixture sit for 10 minutes until yeast is activated (you’ll see a “froth” begin to form, about 1 inch in height).
Using a large bowl, measure out dry ingredients and mix well. Pour yeast mixture into dry ingredients and mix well. Knead in mixer using dough hook for 2-3 minutes, or by hand until well combined.
Place dough on floured surface and divide into 4 equal sections. Roll each into individual pizzas, to about 1/4 inch thickness. Lightly brush top side of each pizza with olive oil and place on a sheet of foil, oiled side down. Then brush top side with oil. Repeat for each piece of dough.
Set grill on medium-high heat. Gently flip each piece of dough onto the grill from the foil. Allow to cook for 2-3 minutes. Dough will puff up to almost twice it’s original size. Using tongs, flip dough so that grilled side is up. Add toppings and cook an additional 2-3 minutes. Again using tongs, move to baking sheet when pizza is finished grilling.
Save left overs in refrigerator and pack for lunch!