Burned, you say? No... no...
|Nothing a bit o'spinach won't cover up!|
It all started out so well, you see.
|Basic Pizza dough|
Toss cloves of garlic with some olive oil, wrap in foil and throw into a 350º oven for 30 minutes or so. Pop out of the skins, mash up with some olive oil and admire your genius.
So then comes the fun part. Here's what Fine Cooking told me to do:
1) On your grill (ours was a 2 burner), crank the heat to high on both burners, grease the grate and leave the lid down to allow to get all toasty for 10 minutes. Remember, the BBQ will be functioning as an oven, so you want to open it as little as possible.
2) Roll out the pizza dough as thinly as possible.
Following that direction was, I think, part of my undoing. There is such a I thing as too thin. Like... you shouldn't be able to see the counter through the dough.
3) Very carefully bring the dough out to your grill. Reduce both burners to medium. Grab the two corners closest to you. Have someone else open the lid of the BBQ, and you should quickly place the dough on the racks, as though you were putting a tablecloth on a table. They said that, not me. Let cook for 3 minutes.
You know, a lot can happen in 3 minutes. After 1 minute, I could smell burning. I said, "Nah, they said three!"
I checked after 1½ minutes. The bottom crust was burned.
4) Use tongs to pull the dough off the grill onto a waiting plate. Flip over so the grilled side is up. Top with whatever you're adding.
|From top right: cooked pancetta, spinach, brie and roasted garlic.|
Mine took another 15. I added the spinach right at the last minute, and just allowed it to wilt slightly.
I think the burning issue could have been resolved through the use of low heat... or no heat on one side. In spite of the burned crust, it was still insanely delicious.
So there's something to this... I'm just not sure what yet.
We ate this with a gin-limoncello-thyme cocktail, also from Fine Cooking and used some lemon-thyme from my Mum's garden.
All in all, we had a few adventures, swore a bit and ate off our laps by candlelight.