While pizza might not be as quintessential a summer food as hamburgers or hot dogs, I’m here to tell you that when it’s topped appropriately, pizza deserves a spot on your summer meal rotation. And this blackberry bacon & basil grilled pizza recipe–with its fresh summer ingredients–will leave you wondering why you ever wasted money on that takeout stuff. Even without a fancy backyard pizza oven, you can make artisan quality pizza at home–all you need is a grill.
The key to artisan pizza crust is a really hot oven. That, my friends, is where your grill comes in. You’re going to crank that baby way up and get things nice and toasty in there. Once everything is properly fired up, you drop the heat to the lowest setting possible and toss your pizza dough onto the grill and close the lid.
Allow it to crisp up for two-four minutes without opening the lid. Once you’ve got grill marks, pull the crust off the grill, fire the head back up as high as it will go and close the grill lid.
Working quickly, you’re going to spread the toasted side of your dough with olive oil and then spread your pizza toppings evenly across the top. Once you’ve got it properly dressed, you’re going to drop the heat all the way back down to low again and return your topped pizza to the grill. Close the lid.
Allow grill marks to cook into the bottom of the pizza crust, leaving the lid closed for another three or four minutes. Once grill marks have formed, you can move your pizza to the top rack if your grill is large enough, or off direct heat otherwise and allow it to cook with the lid closed until the cheese bubbles.
Fans of blackberries will adore this recipe. Anyone who breathes will appreciate the bacon. And basil is a summer no-brainer, right? Just try to tell me your family doesn’t begin to drool when you tell them you’re having blackberry, bacon & basil grilled pizza for dinner. If you make this once, I promise you’ll thank me. And when you make it again, you better invite me for dinner.
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