Pizza On The Grill

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“I’m not telling you to make the world better, because I don’t think that progress is necessarily part of the package. I’m just telling you to live in it. Not just to endure it, not just to suffer it, not just to pass through it, but to live in it. To look at it. To try to get the picture. To live recklessly. To take chances. To make your own work and take pride in it. To seize the moment. And if you ask me why you should bother to do that, I could tell you that the grave’s a fine and private place, but none I think do there embrace. Nor do they sing there, or write, or argue, or see the tidal bore on the Amazon, or touch their children. And that’s what there is to do and get it while you can and good luck at it.”

— Joan Didion 


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Pizza On The Grill 

Dough adapted from Artisan Bread in 5

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups + 2 Tbsp lukewarm water
  • 2 teaspoons yeast
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt 


Herb Pesto

  • 1 cup packed fresh parsley 
  • 1 cup packed fresh basil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts



  • 3 or 4 pints assorted cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 12 oz. fresh burrata


Using Zoe’s “dump and stir” method for the dough, first combine liquids, salt, and yeast in the basin of a large bowl. Give it a good whisk until the water is murky. Pour in flour and stir together, add a touch of oil if it feels too dry. Using your hands, form a large ball of dough and set back in the bowl. Cover and let rise for 1-2 hours.

Meanwhile, prepare the herb pesto in a food processor or blender simply by tossing all the ingredients together and pulsing until ingredients are liquified. Set near the grill with the burrata and sliced tomatoes for easy assembly.

Heat your grill on medium-high heat. Dip a towel in olive or other neutral oil and grease the grates. When the thermostat reaches 425′, it’s game time. Punch down dough after rising, divide into two pieces and knead in a bit of flour. Roll out one ball with a pin or press by using your hands. For a thinner crust, gently take dough into hands and, using the backs of your palm and knuckles, tug at the edges until dough thins.

Transfer dough to a cookie sheet for easy trasport (I learned on the second go). Quickly “fling” dough onto the hot grates and cover for 4-5 minutes, checking frequently to make sure the bottom is barely browning, not burning. Using the same cookie sheet, scoop up half cooked dough and flip. Reduce heat of the grill to low. Dress the pizza with generous amounts of pesto, tomatoes, and torn burrata. Cook for another 5 minutes until edges are browning and the cheese is melty.

With your second ball of dough, repeat with leftover toppings or give this or this recipe a whirl.


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We’re heading to Alaska again in 12 days. Remember this? It is positively my most favorite place on earth.

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  1. Grace

    This quote is so simple and true. Life is meant to be lived and often it so easily passes by. It’s all of the small moments and decisions that can change a passive life to an active life. Thanks for the reminder to conciously make more of each moment. Beautiful photos!


  2. Maria Tadic

    Your pictures are so beautiful! I love seeing posts with no words and draw you in completely by the look of the delicious food! And I just made a batch of pesto so I can’t wait to try this!


  3. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

    What a beautiful recipe. Grilled pizzas are just the best. And that quote — LOVE.


  4. Tiffany

    Beautiful, as always.


  5. Ashley

    That quote! Absolutely beautiful all the way around.


  6. Lana

    Summer pizza!!! Woah, I love the idea of constructing it on the grill.

    This summer, my whole family and I have been getting home from work at 8 or 9pm, and we often throw a pizza together and put it on the BBQ and eat an Italian dinner in the backyard. We heat our pizza stone on high heat in the grill for ~15 mins and throw the pizza on. It’s ready in 10, and demolished with a massive salad. I may not have taken an extravagant trip this summer, but that is what I will remember this summer by.


  7. dana

    LOVE this, Kelsey. The pizza looks great.

    The first time we tried grilled pizza we did it with a group of friends last summer and we TOTALLY set the first three on fire. We were all hot, sweaty, running around slinging dough, toppings and sauce and trying to keep our individual pizzas from turning into black crackers. It was hilarious. Needless to say, the last few turned out much better than the first few thanks to gained experience. Yours turned out perfect! Great photos and recipe, as always. Keep doing what you do.


  8. katrina @ WVS

    Pizza on the grill sounds like such fun! Lovely recipe!


  9. Kara

    LOVE that place! Have the best time.


  10. Liren

    I was just going through the bookshelves here at home, trying to decide which books to keep and which to donate to the library, when The Year of Magical Thinking passed over my hands. What a fascinating writer she is.

    Love the pizza, I have failed at it before, but am hopeful to try again. Have an amazing trip!


  11. sarah

    Such a beautiful post. And I think I recognize that passage… :)
    I hope you have a wonderful trip. Much love. xo


  12. Irina @ wandercrush

    Brilliant. I was excited to come home and use the grill (nearly impossible for a student in London, but wholly possible at my parents’ house in Florida!)… now I have even more reason to spend time on the patio. Beautifully narrative food prep photos, as always. You’re a real inspiration for me.


  13. Sarah

    Yum – brilliant photos as always, and a gorgeous, seasonal achievable recipe.


  14. Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence

    I make pizzas all the time, but my first grilled pizza didn’t work out so well. This one looks awesome! Well done. Btw, how can I subscribe to your reading list ;)?


  15. Sini

    Pizza on the grill? YES! I’m heading to my family’s summer cottage on Sunday and the weather should be great for grilling on the porch. This pizza and a glass of chilled rosé. Perfect.

    P.S. I’m reading “When Women Were Birds” right now. It’s taking my breath away. I cherish every single page of it.

    Have a great time in Alaska!


  16. Laura

    This quote just made my day!! :) Thanks for sharing..


  17. molly

    you devastate me with your quotes. weak-kneed, water-eyed, wild and wonderful devastation.

    thank you.

    and may alaska be reckless and beguiling.



  18. Abby

    Gorgeous photos, and that quote, right to the heart.


  19. Ana

    Yum! Great photos!


  20. Juliana

    I had the great pleasure of living in Alaska for nearly 3 years and miss it dearly, enjoy your travels there!


  21. Foodsworth

    You’re making me too hungry!


  22. Nicola

    I am now dreaming of summer – while it is the middle of winter down here – and barbeques and living life fully. Thank-you


  23. Kathryn

    Perfect. Thank you Kelsey. Have a wonderful and life-affirming time in Alaska.


  24. Dina-Marie

    We make pizza on our grill also but it has been awhile! You have inspired me to do it again -Thanks!


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  27. Marissa

    Wos, thank you for sharing that Joan Didion quote. It resonates so clearly that it gave me goosebumps. And your photos, as always, are lovely.


  28. Gabi

    What perfect food for the summer! It certainly looks as if you’re following Didion’s advice.


  29. El

    I love this pizza on the grill recipe. It looks so pure and delicious. Hope you’re having a great summer!


  30. Sini

    Made these yesterday with a few adaptions. I didn’t have any pine nuts on hand so I used some walnut oil instead to give the pesto a nutty flavor. I also used regular mozzarella cause I wasn’t able to find burrata. I also made four small pizzas instead of two larger ones for easier handling.
    Can’t wait to make more gizzas on the grill!


  31. Jodi

    I really truly can’t get enough happyolks! You’re writing, the photos, quotes and the brillant honesty of it all! Can’t wait for the next Alaska post x


  32. Amy

    Hooray! You are headed back up here to my state. The weather is beautiful right now and the berries are bountiful. Hope you have a good trip!


  33. The Wimpy Vegetarian

    What beautiful photos for a perfect summer dinner. And I love Joan Didion’s writing. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful quote :-)


  34. Jacqui

    There is nothing like grilled pizza, try it over fire next time! So good ; )
    And have a great wild Alaskan adventure!


  35. Angy

    I wanna shake, I wanna wind out
    I wanna leave this mind and shout
    I’ve lived all this life
    Like an ocean in disguise
    I won’t live forever
    Oh, you can’t keep me here

    I wanna race with the sundown
    I want a last breath that I don’t let out
    Forgive every being
    The bad feelings, it’s just me
    I won’t wait for answers
    Oh, you can’t keep me here

    I wanna rise and say a goodnight
    I wanna take a look on the other side
    I’ve lived all these lives
    It’s been wonderful at night
    I won’t live forever
    Oh, you can’t keep me here

    Eddie Vedder – Can’t Keep


  36. petal and plume

    your food photography is my most favourite… just the best, ever!


  37. Judy Myer

    Love the quote that you included in this post. It is absolutely true, you have to live your life to the fullest, there may be regrets or sufferings but it is part of your life. You just have to use it as a challenge or a lesson and to move forward. By the way, I like the idea how you made the pizza, never thought that you can actually use a grill. Brilliant!


  38. Emily Burruel

    You must have been reading my mind.. Not only in regards to the very eloquent words by Joan Didion but I literally just sat down to the exact same pizza with your blog open. :)


  39. Lily @ Life, Love, and Cupcakes

    Wow your pictures are absolutely gorgeous! I’ve been wanting to try pizza on the grill, but for some reason have been a bit hesitant about it…I’m sure mine wouldn’t turn out as beautiful as yours though!


  40. Becky

    You always find the most beautiful quotes! Thanks for sharing your inspiration!!


  41. shayla

    this looks incredible!!


  42. Pia

    I’m in love with the life you capture on your blog, Kelsey, Shaun – both with the camera and with your words. There’s something so wonderfully rustic about the read; it breathes, and rests and sucks you in. Beautiful. xx


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  44. Tea Time

    Good work, beautiful pictures! Pastry is the key to the good pizza, with your skills this must taste good!


  45. Matthew

    Fantastic. I can’t wait to try this.


  46. Laura (Blogging Over Thyme)

    Beautiful post! I canNOT wait to finally live w(i.e. not an apartment) where I can own a grill and make grilled pizza–I’ve heard so many wonderful things.

    And artisan bread is one of my favorite cookbooks! :)


  47. Denise Wagner

    Delicious and healthy pizza!! Yuumm!!


  48. Symone

    That pizza looks amazing. Perfect if you don’t have a pizza oven to get that smokey flavoured crust. Also, I really really want to go to Alaska!!


  49. Crina

    Insanely beautiful! Best blog that presents a recipe in pictures so far, for me!


  50. Carol

    I am delighted to have discovered you via So How Was Your Day. I spent hours reading through your archives last night. You have such a lovely space here and I’m so pleased to have found your words, images and recipes.


  51. Allie @ The Nutritional Epiphany

    WOW, what a beautiful use for cherry tomatoes. I’ve got them overflowing in my garden and a dinner party to plan for this weekend. I think I know what I’m making! :)


  52. Barbara

    I discovered your blog yesterday and have been obsessed ever since. Your photos and words are simply beautiful and really have inspired a desire for me to share more deeply on my own blog. Keep doing what you’re doing!


  53. April

    Loved When Women Were Birds – so many beautiful snippets of wisdom peppered throughout. Best Didion quote, too! Man! I first came to your pages for the food, but these days I dive right into the text, and must remind myself to stay for “dessert”.


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  55. Brenden

    Oh…no i think i got to hide my pasta with white sauce after seeing your delectable pizza.
    So healthy and of course my children gonna love this pizza .


  56. Calgary Catering

    This recipe has some of my favorite ingredients in it and it’s vegetarian to boot.Thank you.


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  58. coco

    nmm, beautiful and delicious looking pizza you make outdoor.
    so much fun to see that way. your pizza making gives me
    great idea for summer pizza. thank you.


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