Grilled Pizza

It’s been a long, wonderful, productive weekend, Folks!  We’ve spend the majority of it dirty and working, but I have to say our gardens are looking pretty fan-damn-tabulous right now.  More on that later, but for now we’re sitting back, enjoying having our carport back, and noshing on from scratch Grilled Pizza.  Life. Is. Good!

Grilled Pizza with Dehydrated Tomatoes
3-4 fresh tomatoes
1 clove garlic, minced
Red Pepper Flake
1/4 cup Vegetable Oil
Pizza Dough
Pizza Cheese of choice
Fresh Basil, finely julienned 
Salt and pepper to taste
 
To dehydrate the tomatoes without a dehydrator:  slice thinly, place on a cookie sheet and put in a 250 degree oven.  About 1 to 1 1/2 hours into it, flip the tomatoes.  They should be chewy, still somewhat moist, and not burnt.  This process helps concentrate the flavors, but also helps the tomatoes not be too mushy on the pizza.  You want to dehydrate about half of your tomatoes.
 
When the dehydrated tomatoes are just about done, start up the grill–make sure the grates are super duper clean and lubed up.  While grill is heating up, slice up remaining tomatoes.  Also, mince up garlic and combine with oil and red pepper flake.  Heat on high in the microwave for about 30 seconds.  Before heading out to the grill, have your cheese, dehydrated tomatoes, and any other toppings ready to roll and out at the grill with you.
 
Take pizza dough and form your pizza.  Lube one side with your oil mixture and make your way to the grill.  At this point turn the grill onto low and place remaining non-dehydrated tomatoes on one part of your grill.  Take pizza dough and place oiled side down on the grill.  Lube up the side facing up.  When you peek under the crust and it looks brown and has nice grill lines, carefully flip, then flip your tomatoes.  
 
Take a little more of your infused oil and oil up the top of the crust.  Then take your grilled tomatoes and place them on top of the crust.  With you tongs mush the tomato on top of the pizza to make the sauce.  Top with cheese, dehydrated tomatoes and any other toppings you like, turn the grill off, close lid, and walk away for 5 minutes (or until the cheese has melted).   Remove pizza from grill, sprinkle basil on top, slice and enjoy!
 
 
 
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