They say you really get to know a person once you start to live with them. This is true. You can think you know someone, have a sense of their quirks and nuances, and ass scratching habits but the truth is until you’re sharing a kitchen with them you have NO idea. Forget the bathroom … everybody’s a pig in the bathroom … the kitchen’s the true litmus test.
Seven years ago “the fella” moved in with me. He moved in with me, as opposed to me moving in with him because while I had an entire house full of crap (see I Have A Red Room and I Want to Paint it White) he came with a stolen Swiss Chalet fork and a shower curtain. He travels light my fella.
About 3 months into our co-habitation we decided to make pizza from scratch. In the kitchen. This is where I discovered I was not only living with “my fella”, but also with some strange man I’d never met.
Remember when Tweety Bird fell into the “Hyde Formula” and turned into a monster? Well it was not unlike that, only with pizza sauce. Huff and Puff appeared about 2 hours into the pizza making disaster, when the entire pizza slopped off the pizza board and all over the 500 degree oven. I was just trying to slide it off the board and things went a bit awry.
I do this kind of crap all the time, so it didn’t bug me none. Huff and Puff didn’t like it one bit, got completely frazzled and proceeded to stomp his foot and scream “GREAT! Now we’re gonna be up ALL NIGHT cleaning the oven!!”. Um. What? Who are you? And it’s a self-cleaning oven you noddlehead. Whatever.
The oven is now clean, I’ve made friends with Huff and Puff, and I now cook our pizzas on the BBQ. As luck would have it, my shocking first encounter with Huff and Puff prompted me to try one of those pizza pans for the BBQ. Turns out … it’s the method I’ve been looking for my whole life. Fast, crispy, HOT pizza. I highly recommend it. For a variety of reasons.
Store bought or home made ball of pizza dough
Ball of mozzarella cheese
Pizza sauce (I add a pinch of oregano, basil and sugar)
Toppings of your choice (my faves are pepperoni, broccoli, basil, olives, red onions)
Non-stick pizza pan made specifically for BBQ
Preheat BBQ to 500 degrees.
Roll or spin out your dough. Place on pizza pan. One ball of dough is enough to make 2 pizzas.
Drizzle the pizza dough with olive oil. Slice the mozzarella cheese ball into 1/8″ slices. One ball is enough for 2 pizzas.
Add remaining toppings. Place pizzas in pre-heated BBQ, turn heat down to medium so you don’t burn the bottom, close lid and cook 7 minutes.
This is optional, but after I take my pizza out of the BBQ I stick it under the oven broiler for a few minutes to make the edges of my pepperoni all crispy.
Slice it, eat it, enjoy. Honestly … forget the pizza stones, the dirty oven … this is the best, fastest, easiest way to make pizza.