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.
Individual Grilled Pepper Pizzas with Cheese
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.
(Makes 4 servings)
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.