Saturday, August 15

Mr. Canon Didn't Get Lucky Today

I aspire to be a Japanese tourist every single day, always snapping photo after photo after photo. Truly, it's a goal. And yet, today, when we had a whole bunch of people over for a little house warming type thing, I didn't take a SINGLE FREAKIN' PHOTO. Cute kids were everywhere (all hail the almighty and fantasmic concept that is playrooms), and I have no proof. None.

*Hangs head in shame*

Y'all will have to settle for a repost of a grilled pizza recipe, just because I made something like 40896 of them today, and I think maybe at least one person liked it enough to pretend to want the recipe. Or something.

Now I had better go buy Mr. Canon something pretty to make up for neglecting him.


Grilled Pizza

(adapted from Fine Cooking September 2004 issue) (Um, how the heck do I have an issue that old?)

1 package active dry yeast
1 1/4 cups warm water
4 1/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons salt
1/4 cup olive olive

Stir the yeast into the water and allow it to sit for 15 minutes. Combine the flour and salt in a large bowl. While mixing using low speed on a mixer with a dough hook, slowly add the yeast mixture and the olive oil alternately to the flour. Knead until well combined (using the mixer or on a floured surface by hand), until the dough becomes elastic. The dough should feel soft and be a little bit sticky. If it feels grainy or dry, add more warm water 1 tablespoon at a time.

Place the well-kneaded dough into a bowl which is lightly oiled and cover with a damp dishtowel. Allow the dough to rise until it is doubled in size, approximately one hour. The dough is done rising when you poke it and the dough holds the finger poking impression (fancy wording right there, don't you think?).

Once the dough is done rising, punch it down and divide it into 8 evenly-sized balls. Roll out each ball using a rolling pin until each circle is approximately 1/4 inch thick (thicker if you prefer thick crust, thinner if you have excellent taste and like crispy crust). You can stack the crusts on a plate by placing a sheet of wax paper in between each one.

And, you have crust. You can do the dough in advance. For example, if you want to make it one day in advance, do all the combining and mixing and kneading, then wrap the dough up and put it in the fridge. It will slowly rise overnight and you can roll it out the next day.

Here's the cooking instructions:

Heat the grill to medium. Using a pastry brush, brush olive oil on one side of a crust and place the crust oil-side down on the grill. Close the grill lid and wait a few minutes. The first side of the crust is done when it is lightly browned (we like it to get dark brown stripes, but don't like any black burnt crust up in the joint).

Brush oil on the uncooked side of the crust and flip it using tongs or a spatula. While the second side of the crust is cooking, throw on some toppings. We like to start with standard red pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese, but we do tend to get fancy with the artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, spinach, Feta cheese, sundried tomatoes, red onions, and whatever else floats our boats that day. If the bottom crust looks like it is completely cooked before the cheese melts, move the pizza to the top rack in the grill.

We usually don't cook more than one or two at a time so that there is space for people to work their magic with their own toppings.

A finished pizza which proves I am not a good food photographer AT ALL:


  1. So you've been in your house for what, like 2 weeks, and it's already ready for the housewarming? I am duly impressed. Sleep much?

    And would you believe that just today, I was wondering how to make a "from scratch" pizza on the grill? Talk about perfect timing. Thanks!

    I hope you had a fun day!

  2. I leave you with the little people and you don't even take entertaining photos for me? Geez. Next time I'm going to steal Mr. Canon for the day and entertain myself by taking the kiddo pics on my own. (I know, such a big, big threat. Meanwhile, you're all "That would be great!") Lol. Had a great time today while I was there helping. Always happy to! :-) Hope you had a good night!

  3. Anonymous7:51 AM

    The pizza was excellent, as was the company! And none of us took photos either so it's not entirely your fault. I had my camera close at hand but never even turned it on. Fail.

  4. oooh Dan was just asking me about grilled pizza last week, definitely going to have to try this.

    And usually the sign of a picture-less party means YOU had a great time too! (sometimes I have so much during something that I forget to take pictures! heh)

    Bummed that we couldn't make it :( We'll have to arrange a get-together for the girls soon!!!

  5. Brilliant idea re the pizzas for a housewarming, and they look very yummy!

  6. nom nom nom!!!!! whatcha gonna buy Mr Canon?

  7. Yum!
    (But, I totally wanted to see the playroom full of kids. Duh.)

  8. I do yhis too, but I totally cheat by using the precooked thin crust pizza dough and add my own toppings. Yo just have to be really fast when using the precooked ones :-)

  9. I was the one who liked the pizzas enough to ask for the recipe. Thanks for saving me the trouble of searching for it.

    And I think I hid like 27 Dora and Diego plates upstairs. Good lord, you guys have a lot of rooms up there...

  10. Mmm... I think I might have just drooled on my laptop.

  11. At least the neglect is on your end. My Rebel left me with dead batteries for the Picture of the Week at camp. I wanted to toss him into the mud pit. Only I didn't.

  12. Anonymous10:38 PM

    Yummy! I was seriously getting ready to post asking for pizza dough recipes - I will add this one to my list!

  13. I may never hear the end of the Dora and Diego plates. Never, ever.

  14. I was gonna bring my camera and then I thought, these people might think I am a stalker. lol so I left it home. I'll cut you slack on the plates, it was better than having pizza melt to my fingers thru the styrofoam... :-)