I have grilled pizza about a million ways but my new favorite way to grill pizza is on a cedar plank on the grill. The cedar plank adds nice smoky flavor to the crust, similar to a wood fired pizza oven, while also protecting the dough from the grill and making for a fun rustic presentation. You can get creative with your flavor combos- here are a few ideas:
Margherita Pizza: olive oil, fresh tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil (see photo)
Kale Parmesan: very finely chopped kale and grated parm plus fresh sage -it’s delish (see photo)
Goat cheese, fig and balsamic glaze pizza
Dessert Pizza: Mascarpone Cheese, Nutella, sliced strawberries
- One store bought pizza crust from the deli, divided into 4 balls OR a tube of thin crust pizza dough from the refrigerator section (this is easier to get to roll thin than the stuff from the deli!)
- Toppings of your choice
Soak your wood planks for an hour before using. They need to be soaked so they don’t catch fire while grilling.
Roll the pizza balls into long rectangles, trying to get as thin as possible and matching the size of the 5”X11” plank. Drizzle the plank with a bit of olive oil and spread around, then add cornmeal- this is done so your pizza is less likely to stick. Place the dough onto the plank. Try to get your dough as thin as possible.
Have all of your toppings ready to be added by the grill before you get started.
Heat your grill up to approximately 400 degrees, creating direct and indirect zones. Place the cedar planked pizzas on the indirect side and let the dough cook for about 5-7 minutes so the top has a chance to bake before adding toppings. Next, add the toppings and let continue to cook for another 10 minutes until the cheese has melted and the crust is golden brown.
Remove from the grill and slice into pieces- you can use the cedar planks as a serving tray for presentation if you like after they have slightly cooled.
If you are looking for ways to cook on cedar planks, I HIGHLY recommend the Plank Grilling Cookbook by Dina Guillen– there are tons of ideas in this cookbook.