I see no reason for hot, muggy summer nights to put a damper on my delicious pizza-consumption time. Sure, turning on the oven to the highest setting it’ll withstand to produce that crispy, crispy crust would be a tasty choice. It would also be an express ticket to sleeping on the couch (the air conditioner is in the bedroom and my husband doesn’t suffer the heat too gladly). Enter old faithful: the trusty grill.
If you’ve made pizza at home before, then you know that heat is your friend. You crank that oven up as high as you possibly can, the idea being that you want a browned crust and melted cheese quickly. When grilling your pizza, it’s important to be a bit more reserved with those gas knobs. Since the heat of a grill is more direct than a traditional oven, hanging out in the “medium” range is your ticket. That is, of course, unless you love a charred pizza. I didn’t think so.
Now that you and pizza have been united in summertime backyard bliss, the only decision left to make is what should go on the pie. Here’s an idea:
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This is it, the moment we’ve all been waiting for: Memorial Day has passed and summer is officially here! I think it’s only fitting to celebrate the advent of summer with a bit of al fresco dining (what’s all this beautiful weather for, anyway, if not to enjoy?) This week’s Dinner Rush! is heading outside with a picnic basket in hand.
OK, it doesn’t necessarily have to be a picnic — the point is these pizza rolls are great to make in advance for dinner anywhere from the front porch to the city park. Like any good pizza, you can pretty much fill them with whatever you want, then just pack them up and get out for some fun in the sun!
Most stores offer pizza dough that is already prepared and can be picked up from the refrigerated case (or even the freezer). If your market seems to be out, give your corner pizza shop a call — they’ll usually sell you a ball of dough no problem.
Picnic Pizza Rolls
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From a classic homemade dough to calorie-saving pita crust, the possibilities for your homemade pizza are endless. Alton Brown’s Pizza Pizzas (pictured above) call for a dough that must rest for 18 to 24 hours but if you’ve got to immediately satisfy a pizza craving and you want to skip store-bought dough, stop by your local pizzeria. Chances are they’ll sell you a homemade dough for a fraction of what you might pay for a full pizza. Then head home to top it with some of these delicious (and unique) toppings:
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French bread pizza was on the menu every Friday at my elementary school cafeteria. I never once tried it (the plastic-looking cheese and brown-ish sauce freaked me right out) but I’ve always loved the idea of French bread pizza. It sounds somewhat foreign and exotic, to my 6-year-old self at least (I thought it actually was French), but in reality it’s just a great way to turn a store-bought loaf of bread (you can even use day-old bread) into a meal.
You can top your loaf with plain old sauce and cheese, or fancy it up a bit with those greens you bought but aren’t sure what to do with. To save a little time, make the Swiss chard au Gratin mixture (that just means greens in a creamy, cheesy sauce) ahead of time and bake everything before you’re ready to eat.
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In the summertime, entertaining needs to be easy — so you have more time to sit back, relax, and enjoy the warm-weather eats. We set out to create fun, complete party experiences using only five essential ingredients, from tasty food and drinks to decor and games. Party on!
One of my absolute favorite ways to spend a summer evening is grilling pizzas in the backyard with my husband. It’s a fun, interactive way to enjoy cooking together, and the end result is so delicious. Recently we invited a few friends to join in on our tradition — letting everyone know that they’d be expected to participate in the cooking process. I set a simple, rustic table filled with fresh seasonal ingredients and woodsy elements for my farmhouse-inspired fete.
To host your own pizza night, you’ll need five essential ingredients:
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Tastespotting's Fried Chicken and Waffle Grilled Cheese is perfect for National Grilled Cheese Month!
5 Hot Links We’re Loving:
- National Grilled Cheese month: Tastespotting’s outrageous fried chicken and waffle grilled cheese is sweet, salty, crunchy and gooey all at once.
- Pizza Central: The New York Times has answers for the perfect crust, homemade cheese, drink pairings, pie trends, plus a crusade for the calzone. We can’t stop clicking!
- Admit it — we all crave kid food sometimes. A Cozy Kitchen’s recipe for corn dog tots is the perfect indulgence and will bring back sweet memories from years down yonder.
- Heard of chickpea flatbread? The Kitchn shows you how to make socca, a naturally gluten-free snack that’s sweet, crispy and little smoky.
- DIY: Ditch the instant pudding mix and make your own! The Brown Eyed Baker uses it to make her cake recipes “melt-in-your-mouth fantastic.”
Alton Brown’s corn dog recipe has a bold kick from cayenne pepper and jalapeños. Michael Chiarello turns the calzone into dessert with chocolate. And our pizza recipe collection will have help you achieve pizzeria-quality pie in your kitchen tonight!
Today on Kelsey’s Essentials, Kelsey shares her recipe for really simple pizza dough. From there, she’ll show you how that base can be used for endless dishes: pizzas, flatbreads, cheesy calzones and everyone’s favorite, buttery garlic knots.
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Tune in for Kelsey’s Essentials today at 2:30 p.m. ET.