If you like grilled pizza, you will love these little individual pizzas full flavor. Topped with a colorful assortment of diced peppers and onions, these little pizzas are sure to please. You can make them for a snack, for lunch or as appetizers. Simply cut them up into smaller pieces and arrange on a platter if you want them to be hors d’oeurves. They will look wonderful on the table and taste great, too.
Select brightly colored bell peppers to make your grilled pizzas look their best. Yellow, green and red are the colors we chose, but feel free to use whatever colors appeal to you. Bell peppers come in so many different colors now that you can have a veritable rainbow on your pizzas. Choose an onion that you like. Some people prefer the milder onions like Walla Walla Sweets or Texas Sweets. Others enjoy an onion with more bite to it. Dice everything up finely so they cook quickly on the grill.
It takes a few tries to master grilled pizza. After a couple of tries, you will learn what temperature is best and how long to leave your pizzas on the grill for the best results. Do not feel bad if your first attempt is a little blackened… it will still taste good. The whole point is to get that delicious smoky flavor into the dough and the ingredients. You cannot get that from a regular oven. Feel free to add in some flavored wood chips for even woodsier flavor. Hickory and mesquite are two popular types of wood chips that you can find in almost any store that carries barbecue supplies.
Working with the Pizza Dough
You will need a couple of pounds of pizza dough to make these, and you can shape the pizzas yourself. Divide the dough into 2 equal size portions and then divide each of those in half, so you end up with 4 equal size pieces of dough, and those can be shaped into your individual pizza crusts. Make them round, oval, square, or whatever shape you want.
A rustic shape, which is not quite round or square, always works well for homemade pizzas because they will have that charming homemade look which you cannot get from frozen pizzas which are made in a factory without any of the love you will be putting into yours. Work with the dough on a floured board or floured worktop, and then arrange the crusts on floured baking sheets. You do not want it to stick to anything. They are oiled and then grilled to brown them slightly.
When the crusts are golden brown it is time to add the tomato sauce and the vegetables. Finally you can add the cheese and then barbeque the individual pizzas until the cheese is melted. You should be able to get all 4 pizzas on the barbeque at the same time unless you have a really small barbeque, in which case just do 2 batches of 2 which will also work. Aside from the tomato sauce, cheese and vegetables, the only other flavors on this pizza are the salt and black pepper, but if you want to sprinkle some dried oregano on top that would also be very nice, or you could add some jalapeño slices too if you fancy perking up the flavor a little.
- 2 pounds pizza dough, formed into 4 balls
- 1 yellow bell pepper, cored, seeded and diced
- 1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded and diced
- 1 green bell pepper, cored, seeded and diced
- 1 small onion, diced
- ¼ cup olive oil
- Salt to taste
- Pepper to taste
- 1 cup tomato sauce
- 8 ounces mozzarella cheese, grated
- Preheat your grill to high for about 10 minutes; reduce heat to medium. If you have a charcoal grill, set the coals all on one side so you have an area with lower temperature.
- Lightly flour your work surface. Press out each ball of dough to form a disk, and then roll it out until they are about 9 inches in diameter. Place the crusts on lightly floured baking sheets.
- Brush the tops of each crust with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and flip them onto the grill. Let them cook for about 2 minutes. Remove crusts from the grill with tongs. Use remaining olive oil to brush uncooked sides of crusts. Flip the crusts over so the grilled side is facing up. Spread tomato sauce on each crust. Arrange the diced vegetables on each pizza and sprinkle on the cheese. Place the pizzas back on the grill and cook with the lid closed until the cheese is melted; about 3 or 4 minutes.
- Remove from grill and serve.
Don’t these look delicious? Our Grilled Pepper Pizzas with Cheese are sized perfectly so each person gets their own. The cheese is all brown and bubbly and the tiny diced peppers and onions cook quickly on the grill, making everything finish at the same time. These little pizzas make a terrific lunch or snack. You could also cut them into quarters and serve them as appetizers. Once you get the hang of making pizzas on the BBQ, you will wonder why you ever made them any other way. They go nicely with a green salad.
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