Just when you thought it was safe to back away from the grill. (Not that one would ever necessarily want to.) Here we are at the end of summer and it is back to school time. The grill has enjoyed a nice season of delivering flame-licked food and soon it will be time to start cooking in the kitchen again. But that big ol' box that we call an oven can wait, because there are still recipes to explore outside.
Making pizza on the grill is one of those activities that combines a bit of necessity with a smidge of experimentation and adds a dash of fun. The high heat provided by the fire offers pizza cooks the ability to achieve high temperatures for charring the pie that are not ordinarily available inside. The indoor oven may be a daily workhorse, but a pizza oven it is not. The fun of grilling over an open flame is evident, but what about that experimentation part?
The Perfect Pizza Grilling Stone ($59.95) is a two-part baking stone that is meant to be used one piece on top of the other. The interlocking parts create a sandwich of hot air in between them that then defuses heat to the top stone. The idea is to create an evenly heated cooking surface from the inconsistent heat provided by the flames. As always when playing with fire, your results may vary.
Pizza, being the tricky home recipe that it is, is prime material for trying new things (and that's not even counting possible pizza topping combinations). It may be back-to-school time for the kids, but that doesn't mean the adults can't run a few experiments of their own -- there are a few more weeks left in summer after all.