When we first got our Saffire Grill, I couldn’t wait to make pizza on it! First, we started just grilling pizza already made from the store. Next, we began making our own pizza using refrigerated pizza crust and store bought ingredients. Then I began making my own sauce (but still used already made dough.) It wasn’t until my mother-in-law shared her homemade pizza dough recipe with me and I fiiiiiinally got a dough hook attachment for my Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer that I started making my own pizza dough. Homemade pizza dough makes all the difference in the world! It tastes incredibly fresh and delicious and is so easy to make! This recipe makes enough dough for two pizzas and can be kept refrigerated for up to one week. So you can easily make this dough ahead if hosting.
One of my favorite things about making homemade pizzas is that you can get creative with the toppings! After my dough is all rolled out and ready, I brush on olive oil, spread out pizza sauce, put on meat, veggies, and layer on the cheese. I like a mixture of cheeses, sometimes I get fancy and cut up fresh mozzarella to go on top or fresh basil leaves. Be careful how much cheese you put on your pizza. There is actually such a thing as too much cheese on pizza (gasp!) As my husband knows too well, I am an avid cheese head (I’m not from Wisconsin but we live literally 10 minutes from the Illinois-Wisconsin border,) and am notorious for over-cheesing pizzas. I normally sprinkle oregano, garlic powder, and Parmesan cheese on the very top before grilling. Another trick I’ve learned from making so many pizzas is to put corn meal on your pizza stone. This gives the dough a nice texture and also makes it easier to slide the pizza on and off your pizza stone.
Grilling these pizzas is a breeze. Just fire up your grill til it gets around 500-600 degrees Fahrenheit and preheat the pizza stone. Sprinkle cornmeal on pizza stone, set pizza on stone, and grill until golden-brown, I’d say this normally takes only 7 minutes or so. Let rest a couple minutes, slice it up and enjoy! Happy Grilling!