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Like many families, pizza is a staple in our menu rotation. Usually, I make it all from scratch, including the crust and sauce. But, with the ‘hot’ weather we’ve had in Alaska, I haven’t wanted to heat up my house with the oven. Thanks to the opportunity to review Pillsbury Pizza Crust from General Mills through MyBlogSpark we have a new way to get a pizza fix without the extra heat ~ grilled pizza!
Our Grilled Pizza Experience Using Pillsbury Pizza Crust
Thanks to ready to use pizza crust from Pillsbury, all you need to do is unroll the dough, prep your toppings, and fire up the grill to be on your way for making some awesome grilled pizza. With our busy schedule and my new job outside of the house, I loved the convenience of this meal.
As I had some skeptics in the house, I went conservative with the toppings and stuck to the kid favorite pepperoni. I got everything ready and carried the toppings out on a platter to be grill side for the quick turnaround needed between steps.
The overall steps are easy:
(1) Put stretched dough onto grill (either oiling the dough or the grill grates).
(2) Cook for a few minutes, then turn and cook for another minute or two.
(3) Remove the grilled dough and place desired toppings onto it.
(4) Return the topped pizza crust to the grill and cook for a few more minutes.
(5) Bring the pizza in from the grill, slice and enjoy!
Now, I have to say that this was a learning experience for me. Even though I had some really easy step by step instructions for how to grill pizza from Pillsbury, I thought I’d try a different way and save the aluminum foil by using cookie sheets like a pizza peel.
We ended up inverting the pan onto the rack (just like you would with the aluminum foil method), only it didn’t come off smoothly leaving us with unique shapes. I’m thinking my finished product would have looked just a tad nicer if I’d not listened to my super frugal nature and skipped the foil.
While the final product wasn’t as ‘pretty’ as some of my other pizzas, the taste was great and I loved not heating up the house. The family commented that it was a crispier crust and ended up with more of a flatbread consistency compared to my usual pizzas.
However, I thought it was a lovely change of pace and plan to experiment with this grilling technique again. One of the boys is already requesting a Hawaiian pizza with ham and pineapple. Only this time I’ll splurge and use the aluminum foil!
Easy Pizza Sauce Recipe to Make Your Own Grilled Pizza
As I mentioned, I tend to make my own crusts (like this popular Garlic Herb pizza dough) as well as the sauce. Enjoy my super easy and quick red sauce for pizza.
Have YOU ever tried grilled pizza at your house?
What are your favorite toppings for a grilled pizza?