I have been pinning lots of grilled pizza recipes, but honestly I’ve never grilled a pizza before. Frankly, I was grossed out by the fact that Pretty Handsome Guy has been grilling salmon, burgers and hot dogs on the grill. (Not grossed out by the food, just the accumulation of oils and grease.) Our grill has not been cleaned in five years. I didn’t want my fancy gourmet pizza to be contaminated by those greasy meats and their cooties. (Call me a grease-a-phob. Go ahead.)
Procter & Gamble sent myself and the other Lowe’s Creators a nice gift basket of products for cleaning my grill.
- Dawn Grill Cleaner
- Mr. Clean Outdoor Pro
- Mr. Clean Magic Erasers
(All of them are available exclusively at Lowe’s, so grab them next time you’re DIY shopping.)
It didn’t take much to persuade me to tackle that big greasy beast. I confronted the challenge full force with gloves, an entire roll of paper towels and a garbage bag. I was determined to slay that nasty oily grill.
The Dawn Grill Cleaner worked well on the grills. The directions say to spray and leave it for 15 minutes and then wipe it off. I did a little hosing off with the garden hose and used the grill brush to knock off any of the big globs of yuckiness. They came clean (as clean as a grill that has been used and not cleaned for 5 years.)
Next I cleaned the side tables of the grill with the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Outdoor Pro. I’m already a huge fan of the Mr. Clean Erasers. I use them almost daily when my kids use Sharpie markers that leak onto the table and counter. True to my expectations, it cleaned away the dirt and grime easily.
Finally I tackled the grill lid and all the external surfaces with the Mr. Clean Outdoor Pro spray cleaner. Now, if I didn’t know any better I wouldn’t believe that this was a five year old grill! Shiny, shiny!
After I had de-greased our grill, I was brave enough to rest my precious gourmet
store bought pizza crust on the grill.
Easy Grilled Corn & Pesto Pizza
(adapted from Southern Living recipe)
- Pre-baked pizza crust
- Pesto sauce in a Jar
- 1 Ear of corn grilled
- Salt & pepper to taste
- 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
- 1 Ripe tomato sliced
- 6-8 basil leaves sliced
- Mozzerella (fresh ball, packaged in water)
1. Soak corn inside the husks for 10-15 minutes in the sink.
2. Place the corn (still inside the husks) on the grill for 10 minutes to steam cook. The last few minutes, peel the husks back and lay them on the grill to char the exterior of the corn. Rotate the corn and sprinkle salt and pepper to your taste.
3. Place the pizza crust upside down on the grill for a few minutes to toast it. Remove the crust and set it on a plate (or pizza paddle.)
4. Spread pesto onto the pizza crust.
5. Cut corn off the cob. Mix corn and parmesan in a bowl together.
6.Spread the corn mixture on top of the pesto.
7. Add sliced tomatoes and fresh mozzarella slices onto the the pizza.
8. Put the pizza on the grill and close the lid. Grill the pizza until the cheese starts to melt (check frequently and move it away from the heat if the crust starts to burn.)
9. At the last minute add the sliced basil on top of the pizza. Remove the pizza before the basil browns.
Serve it hot and enjoy! Magnificio!
I can’t believe how much this tastes like brick oven pizza! Oh grilled pizza, where have you been all my life?
True to form, I had a nice clean grill and then clumsy me spilled corn and the toppings inside the grill when I tried to remove it. Shoot. So much for a nice clean grill.
Disclosure: I am a Lowe’s Creative Ideas Creator and was sent a complimentary basket of grill cleaning supplies. I was also compensated for my time with a gift card. I was not told what to write or how to write it. The opinions are my own. The recipe was adapted from SouthernLiving. You can view the original (non-grill) recipe here.