Grilling a frozen pizza makes it taste more like it came from a fancy pizzeria and less like it came from the freezer. Plus it doesn’t heat up your kitchen on those hot summer days. Here are 5 secrets to the best grilled gluten free pizza!
I was compensated by Freschetta for this post. As always, all opinions are entirely my own. If I don’t like it, I don’t write about it.
We all love pizza! Or at least everyone at my house does. Usually we make our own pizza because there aren’t very many good gluten-free pizza places near us. By make I mean half the time we are baking a frozen gluten-free pizza. Because I’m busy. And I’ve got 2 little kids. And I’m up every 3 hours at night. Still.
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE making homemade pizza. I’m just not above using the resources available to me for some great frozen gluten-free pizza. I love that I can just pick up a frozen gluten-free pizza when I’m at the grocery store. I don’t even have to make a special trip!
The one downside to pizza night in the summer is that it is HOT. So many times in the summer it just isn’t worth it to turn on the oven. Even for pizza.
Grilled Gluten-Free Pizza to the rescue!
Grilling pizza is really easy, doesn’t heat up your kitchen, and best of all it gives you a super crisp crust. Have you ever had wood-fired pizza? It tastes like that. So crisp and just slightly charred in places. Charred in a good way, like a hotdog or S’more.
I grilled Freschetta’s Gluten-Free Pepperoni Pizza. It was perfectly crisp and had just the right amount of cheese. And guess what? I’m giving away some pizzas and swag from Freschetta(THANK YOU!). The giveaway is at the bottom of the post so scroll down!
Now here are the secrets to perfect grilled gluten-free pizza!
1. Preheat your Grill
Just imagine that your grill is an oven. Because tonight it kind of is. You need to heat it up before you toss your pizza on. If your grill is fancy and has a temperature gauge that is even better. If not, cover it and let it heat for at least 15 minutes.
2. Keep your Grill Covered
Again, your grill is your oven. When you open the oven door it lets out all the heat, if you uncover your grill it does the same thing. You want the inside of your grill to be nice and hot so that the pizza cooks quickly and the crust doesn’t burn.
3. Even Heat
If the heat is even, the pizza will cook evenly. It is that simple. I was grilling my pizza using a 3 “burner” gas grill. There is one burner on either end and a third in the middle. I figured that I only needed to turn the burner on that was directly under the pizza on the side. Halfway through I noticed that my pizza was cooking unevenly and turned the neighboring middle burner on too. That got rid of the cold spot!
4. Rotate your Pizza
Even if you preheat your grill, keep it covered, and have an even heat source your can still get a cold spot or too. Every 5 minutes or so just give your pizza a spin. Slide a metal spatula underneath your pizza and turn it 1/4 away around.
5. Don’t Burn it!
Now don’t get me wrong, a few charred spots on the crust are perfect, and exactly what you want. You just don’t want to end up with a chunk of charcoal. If the bottom crust seems to be cooking faster than the rest of the pizza turn the flames down or move the pizza away from the charcoal for a bit.
My pizza took about 25 minutes to grill, but yours may go a lot faster, or take longer. It just depends on your heat source. Rotate it every 5 minutes, starting at 5 minutes (see #4) and pull it off when the cheese is melted, the crust is browned all over and slightly charred in a few spots, and everything looks toasty and delicious!
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