Grilled Pizza

Grilling pizza is my favorite way to make pizza! It tastes just like coal fired pizza even on a gas grill. There are some secrets to making perfect grilled pizza so make sure you read my tips before attempting it yourself.
Grilling pizza is my favorite way to make pizza! It tastes just like coal fired pizza even on a gas grill. There are some secrets to making perfect grilled pizza so make sure you read my tips before attempting it yourself.

Years ago, when I burned our dinner to a crisp on the grill, part of the problem was lack of good instructions. I hope this post will help anyone who is willing to attempt pizza on the grill.

Grilled Pizza Crust
 
This is a no rise recipe, which I think contributed to my success. Thin crust pizza is made to be grilled.
Ingredients
  • 1 packet (or 1 Tablespoon) yeast
  • 1½ cups warm water
  • 1-2 Tablespoons refined sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 3-4 cups all-purpose flour
Instructions
  1. Allow yeast to proof in warm water for about 5 minutes. Mix in the rest of the ingredients adding the flour last. Knead for about 5 minutes.
  2. Turn grill on high.
  3. Roll the dough out on a floured surface.
  4. Turn your grill down to a medium heat. Brush pizza dough with olive oil and lay on grill. Close the lid. Grill for about 3 minutes.
  5. When the first side is finished, brush the top side with olive oil and flip.
  6. Cook for another 3 minutes. Remove pizza from the grill. Top with your favorite toppings.
  7. Turn the grill on low and place back on the grill until the toppings have melted.
  8. Remove from the grill, cut and serve.

Rolling the Dough

Grilled Pizza at The Happy Housewife

Grilled Pizza Tip #1:

Make smaller pizzas. This recipe made 6 small pizzas. Large pizzas are very difficult to flip on the grill.

Grilled Pizza at The Happy Housewife

Grilled Pizza Tip #2:

Stand next to the grill, as soon as the pizza smells done, it is time to flip.

Grilled Pizza at The Happy Housewife

 

Grilled Pizza at The Happy HousewifeThis pizza is way to big. It was before I figured out the smaller is better tip.

Grilled Pizza at The Happy Housewife

Grilled Pizza Tip #3:

Don’t overload your pizza. Too many toppings will cause your pizza to “sink” into the grates of the grill.

Grilled Pizza at The Happy Housewife

If you LOVE toppings consider adding them at the very end of the grilling process and let them heat up during the last 2 minutes of grilling.

Grilled Pizza at The Happy HousewifeGrilled Pizza at The Happy Housewife

Grilled Pizza Tip #4:

Stand by the grill while you are grilling the pizza. The pizza cooks very quickly. If you get distracted for a few minutes your pizza will probably burn.

Grilled Pizza at The Happy Housewife

Grilled Pizza Tip #5:

Enjoy your pizza outside. Less mess and no sweeping up after dinner.

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Beef Stew with Chickpeas: Slow Cooker

Crock Pot Beef Stew with Chickpeas at The Happy Housewife

A good homemade dinner is easy to serve with this Crock Pot Beef Stew with Chickpeas recipe.  You just throw it all together in the slow cooker, set the dial, and it’s perfectly cooked at meal time.

All the veggies in this dish really meld flavors well so that the kids don’t find the flavors too strong or overpowering.  The chickpeas keep their amazing texture while the meat melts in your mouth.

My favorite part about this recipe is that I almost always have all the ingredients on hand.  When beef stew meat goes on sale, I stock up. Then I pick up a jar of gravy, and I’m ready for an easy meal that is prepped in minutes.

I really think the secret ingredient is the Worcestershire sauce.   It adds richness and boldness to the stew and really highlights the savory meat.

Slow Cooker Beef Stew with Chickpeas
Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8
 
This hearty stew is a hit with the whole family. It's got the perfect combination of vegetables and beef along with the extra boost of protein from the chickpeas.
Ingredients
  • 1½ - 2 pounds beef stew meat
  • 1 jar Heinz Homestyle Gravy
  • 1 can garbanzo beans, drained
  • 1 white or yellow onion, peeled and chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 12 ounce bag of baby carrots
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to the slow cooker.
  2. Use empty gravy jar and fill with water. Add the water to the slow cooker.
  3. Cover and cook on high for 4 - 6 hours (or low for 6 - 8 hours).

Crock Pot Beef Stew with Chickpeas at The Happy Housewife

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Zucchini Crust Pizza

The following is a guest post from Sara. If you are looking for a gluten-free pizza option try this zucchini crust pizza. Or if you can convince your kids to eat green pizza this is a great way to get them to eat more veggies!

I don’t eat enough veggies.  Period.  But I LOVE pizza!  I’ve seen all these cauliflower pizzas floating around, but I am not a fan of that stuff.  So, when I heard someone mention zucchini crust pizza, I thought I would be up for trying it.

Let me also say, I hate cooking.  So, if I can do this, anyone can!  Plus, I have made pizza crust out of pre-packaged stuff, and this didn’t really take any more time than those.

Zucchini Crust Pizza at The Happy Housewife

Zucchini Crusted Pizza
Recipe type: Zucchini Crusted Pizza
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 4 Zucchini
  • Cheese cloth/towel
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 cup Italian Blend Cheese - or Mozzarella and Parmesan
  • Garlic
  • Olive Oil
  • ⅓ - ½ cup Marinara Sauce (or other favorite sauce)
  • Pizza Toppings
Instructions
  1. Clean the zucchini. Then grate or finely chop in food processor.
  2. Once all the zucchini is nice and shredded, you want to wrap it up in your cheese cloth or towel. Ring out as much water as you can.
  3. When you think you are done, try again.
  4. Once you have drained it all, transfer to a bowl and microwave for 2 minutes.
  5. Add two eggs, garlic, and ¼ a cup of cheese.
  6. Mix well. (You could add other spices or seasonings if you would like.)
  7. Lightly oil a baking sheet or use a pizza stone.
  8. Set the zucchini mixture on and using your hands, flatten.
  9. Be sure not to get too thin.
  10. Bake in oven for about 10 minutes (or until just starting starting to lightly brown) at 450 degrees. Remove from oven and layer sauce, toppings, and cheese.
  11. Place back in oven for about 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Sara’s notes: She did not have a cheese cloth so she used paper towels. While paper towels do work, a cheese cloth is a better option if you have it. 

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Paleo Fish Tacos with Spicy Cabbage Slaw

Paleo Fish Tacos with Spicy Cabbage Slaw at The Happy Housewife

By contributing writer Tessa

Something about the post holiday glutton fest leaves people looking for fresh meals that won’t weigh them down in the new year!

While this fish tacos recipe works great rolled in traditional corn tortillas, I love this version with spicy cabbage slaw just as well, and I never feel heavy or over-full afterwards.

Paleo Fish Tacos with Spicy Cabbage Slaw at The Happy Housewife

Here is my version of fish tacos made allergy friendly for those who need it.

Paleo Fish Tacos w/ Spicy Cabbage Slaw
Recipe type: Main Dish
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
For the Spicy Cabbage Slaw
  • 10 ounces pre-shredded cabbage
  • ½ cup mayonnaise (I use my homemade mayonnaise .)
  • ¼ cup pickled jalapeños, diced
  • 2 tablespoons minced onion (or more to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar or lemon or lime juice (plus more to taste if desired)
  • 1 tablespoon Sriacha, optional (or any hot sauce)
  • 2 teaspoons honey (or a few drops of liquid stevia)
For the Crispy Fish
  • 1 pound white fish such as cod, cut into ½ inch thick pieces
  • ¾ cup starch like arrowroot, potato, corn, or tapioca
  • ¾ cup coconut flour or sweet rice flour
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • Avocado oil for frying
Instructions
For the Spicy Cabbage Slaw
  1. In a bowl, mix all ingredients except the cabbage. Taste and adjust the sweet/sour/salty to your tastes.
  2. Toss in the cabbage, cover, and place in the fridge for serving.
For the Crispy Fish
  1. Preheat a large pan over medium heat and set your oven to a warm setting. Place a cooling rack over a plate or cookie sheet, set aside.
  2. Mix all the coating ingredients (all but the fish) together. Coat the fish liberally on all sides.
  3. Once your pan is hot, add 2 - 3 tablespoons avocado oil (or other high heat oil) to pan. Swirl and heat briefly, then add some pieces of coated fish, ensuring there is no crowding in the pan which will not allow for proper crisping. I do this in 2 - 3 batches.
  4. Once the first side is golden brown and crispy, use a sturdy spatula to flip to the other side, and brown, about 4 - 5 minutes per piece.
  5. When done, place the fish on the cooling rack in the oven to keep warm while you finish the remaining fish.
  6. Serve the crispy fish atop a bed of the spicy slaw and add some avocado slices if you wish.

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