Thomas Edison Pizza

by zydecopaws on April 9, 2010

Thomas Edison once said “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. ” In our never-ending quest to make great pizza on the grill without breaking a stone in the process, we found yet another way to NOT make pizza tonight, but in the process did find two great new topping combinations.

Tonight’s experiment involved the use of Bubba Ho-Keg, the plate setter, a pizza stone, and some aluminum pizza screens we picked up at the local restaurant supply store. First up was a pizza on the herb dough from Trader Joe’s topped with the standard pizza sauce, slices of fresh mozzarella cheese, leftover pulled pork, fresh pineapple chunks, and something I remember fondly from high school, cashews.


This pizza looked great coming off the grill, and the toppings were excellent. Too bad the crust didn’t cook properly, otherwise this would have been one of the best pizzas we’ve done on the grill. We had a heck of a time getting it loose from the pizza screen, and the center wasn’t fully cooked, and certainly nowhere near the crispiness we would expect.

Undaunted, we put the second one on the grill using the same process. This was a meatless pizza using the same dough, pizza sauce, and mozzarella cheese slices, then adding fresh basil and tomato slices.


Not surprisingly, the results were pretty much the same even though the pizza was left on the grill much longer. The taste was excellent, but the crust was just short of a disaster.

Albert Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Next time pizza is cooked we will return to putting the stone directly on the grill, preheating it, and using a greased metal pizza pan to cook the pizza until it firms up enough to move directly to the stone. It’s amazing what I will do to avoid learning to use a pizza peel.

But at least I didn’t break a stone tonight…

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