If you are hoping to have something to cook on your griddle other than your usual dishes, there’s always a way in making tasty and enjoyable meals for your family.
Traditionally, pizzas are made in an oven that has baking stones; it makes the crust evenly cooked. But in this article, you will learn how to make pizza on a griddle, made available and easier, and the results are just perfectly fine with a bit of a twist.
In this article, we will help you learn more about how to make pizza on griddle.
Why Make Your Own Pizza
Making your own pizza at home is an entire different kind of experience and offers several advantages:
- First, you will know well the ingredients used. You can choose fresh and health ingredients that suit your health needs. If you have allergies, then you can ensure that the ingredients are safe.
- Second, since you decide what to put on your pizza, you can make it as healthy as you can, unlike those in those served in restaurants, which are often high in calories, fat, and salt.
You may wondering, why make a pizza on a griddle? Well, the smoke that comes from the griddle adds great aroma and taste that you cannot get from an oven made pizza.
Now let’s get cooking!
If you prefer watching reading, here’s a Youtube video on how to make a pizza on a griddle:
Steps in making pizza on your griddle
The following are the guide steps on how to make pizza on a griddle:
1. Prepare your unheated griddle
Outside your home or on your yard, away from electric wires and other flammable materials for safety reasons.
2. Prepare Your Dough
If you have already existing ready-made dough in your household then you can proceed to the next step, if not, follow the steps below:
- Get 1 cup of flour and mix it together with yeast, salt, and sugar in an outsized (or large) bowl (Your mount of choice, depending on the size you wanted).
- (Optional) Put dried basil and add garlic powder.
- Get an olive oil and some warm water, using a wooden spoon; stir it well until mixed evenly.
- Slowly and gradually, put another cup of flour. Put additional flour as much as needed.
- Stir it carefully until the dough forms into a unified, elastic ball and is starting to pull away from the bowl. After taking it off from the bowl, the dough might still be sticky but it must be manageable.
- Get a separate, large, and clean bowl, use pastry brush to put some olive oil all over the sides of the bowl.
- Put some flour in your hand to lightly dust the flour, and then form your pizza into a shape of ball and put it in the clean bowl with the brushed olive oil. Roll your dough, using your hands inside the bowl, until your dough is covered with olive oil, and then wrap the bowl with plastic wrap. Make sure it is covered tightly, and then put it in a warm place. (Set aside).
- After 30 minutes (or when the dough has already increased or doubled in size) make sure to deflate it gently using your hands and transfer it to a flat surface with flour dust, then massage briefly until it becomes smooth.
- In getting the shape of the pizza, use some rolling pin to make the dough a circle shape or the shape of pizza (depending on the size you wanted).
- After making the shape of the dough into a pizza, transfer it to a parchment paper or to a pizza peel.
There is a technique that you may want to try. However, it does take more time. In any case, here it is:
- Before putting some toppings; you can cook the plain dough first on the griddle for 2 minutes.
- Cover it and check gradually until it becomes lightly browned (do this on the other side of the dough).
- Then remove it from the griddle, brush it with olive oil and add toppings).
3. Add Toppings
After having your (homemade) dough, you can now proceed with the toppings. In this step, you can choose whatever toppings you want. You can try varieties of different healthy combinations of toppings but here is a standard topping you can follow:
- Tomato sauce
- Herbs and spices
- Cheese (mozzarella, to have that commercial effects)
- Sliced onions (thinly cut)
- Mushrooms or pepperoni
4. Preheat your griddle
You finished making your dough and adding your toppings. Now you have to heat the griddle, enough to cook your pizza without burning or overcooking the dough.
5. Start cooking
- After following the steps above, you can put now your uncooked pizza in the griddle.
- After putting your pizza on the griddle, cover it for 2 minutes.
- Let it simmer, after some time, check the pizza every minute.
- Do this for 10 to 15 minutes
- When the cheese has already melted, and the sauce is now in bubbles, look at the bottom crust of your pizza, if it is an even brown already, then it is already cooked.
When you are done, the most important part is to get a pizza wheel, slice the pizza, and then share it with your family!