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We recently bought our first “grown up” grill, and I’ve been having so much fun testing it out the past few weeks! I have been grilling up everything from veggie burgers to fruit and I think I’ve finally gotten the hang of it! I love being adventurous in my cooking, and trying fun new recipes is one of my happy places. The other day I decided to try my hand at homemade pizza using Francesco Rinaldi pasta sauce as the star, and guess what? It was magical!
My husband was a chef for a long time, and one of his signature dishes has always been pizza. So, when I got the idea for this flatbread pizza I asked him to help me come up with a great crust that didn’t have too much rise, but was also fluffy and light enough that it didn’t feel heavy. What we came up with was a simple, basic dough recipe that anyone can make. If you don’t want to make dough from scratch or don’t have time you can always pick up a flatbread from the store while you’re getting the rest of the ingredients, but I am going to go ahead and share how to make it here along with the rest of the pizza. How this cooks will depend on the type of grill you have, but since mine is gas that is what I’ll be using.
Here is what you need for the flatbread crust:
- 1 tsp active dry yeast
- 1/2 tsp sugar
- 1 1/2 cup flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2-3/4 cups water
- 1 tsp oil
To make it, just combine all dry ingredients in a mixer and blend for around one minute. Next, slowly add your water and knead by hand until you have a dough ball. Rub your oil on it, wrap in some plastic wrap and set in a warm spot to rise a bit while you get everything else ready. While it is rising, go ahead and turn on your grill to a medium heat and keep the lid closed so it gets nice and pre-heated inside. Once your dough is ready, split it in half and stretch/shape each one and flatten it a bit onto a pizza stone or a piece of aluminum foil.
For the rest of your pizza you will need:
- Marinara sauce
- mozzarella cheese
- fresh basil
- pepper/spices to taste
Once your dough is spread out, brush on your sauce. I have never been one to make my pizza sauces from scratch (mainly because I don’t have that much time) so my favorite sauce to use is the Francesco Rinaldi Traditional red sauce. I first picked it up on a Walmart run a while ago because I read that it was preservative free, and I’ve been using it ever since! It has a really great, simple base to it that is perfect for building on or just leaving it as it is, plus their sauces are “made by Italians”, so I figured they knew what they were doing!
Once you have your sauce spread, sprinkle on fresh chopped basil, pepper, and whatever other spices you might want.
Sprinkle with a layer of cheese.
Now place your pizzas in the grill (on a stone, a piece of foil or any other kind of grill sheet) with the top closed for around 10-15 minutes. When you take it out your pizzas will be perfect!
Doesn’t that just look delicious? I think so! Want to see what other great sauce options Francesco Rinaldi offers? Catch up with them on Twitter at @FrancescoSauce. You can also find it in the spaghetti sauce area of your local Walmart. Now go enjoy your pizza!