Harness your favorite flavors of the season when you forgo traditional pizza sauce and make this amazing Grilled Peach and Goat Cheese Pizza. This recipe is a surefire crowd pleaser!
Grilled Peach and Goat Cheese Pizza
What is it about forgoing pizza sauce that makes pizza a hundred times better?
What is it about grilling pizza that makes it a million billion times better?!
A million billion. I mean this, literally.
I remember the first time we ever grilled pizza. It was three summers ago right after we moved to Texas and I was just getting my hands into the cooking world. We did a ton of research and spent all this time looking at grills, testing grills, talking to friends about grills, and finally we brought one home. It was a beacon on our back porch. This shining grail of possibilities. What should we grill first? Wings? Steaks? Pizza!? Pizza. But wait! Not just any pizza. Homemade pizza. Pizza with goat cheese and onions and fruit. Lots of fruit.
I’ll never forget how excited we were to grill that pizza, and now this Grilled Peach and Goat Cheese Pizza has become a summer tradition. There’s something about grilling pizza that just makes it better. It’s that crispy, fiery taste and texture that you can’t get out of an oven.
A few tips I’ve learned along the way: assemble your pizza on the pizza peel. This makes things so much easier. If not, you’ll have to lift a raw pizza off the counter and onto the peel, and it’s sure to fall apart. Also, use cornmeal! By lightly dusting your pizza peel with cornmeal, you’ll prevent the dough from sticking.
I like to roll my dough out right before I’m ready to assemble everything, plop it onto the peel, and add the toppings there.
When you’re ready to grill, get the grill hot. The crust does best when you can pop it on and off quickly, rather than waiting for it to slowly roast. Watch it carefully to prevent burning and pull it off as soon as the dough is cooked and the cheese has melted!
Home Chef Tip: Don't have time to make a homemade pizza crust and wait for it to be ready? You can use canned or packaged pizza dough to get similar results.
- 2-1/4 teaspoon (1 package) instant yeast
- 1 cup warm water
- 1/2 tablespoon sugar
- 3 cups bread flour, plus extra for rolling
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 1-1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons cornmeal
- 1 white onion, chopped
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 teaspoons honey
- ¼ teaspoon oregano
- ½ teaspoon thyme
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 2 ripe peaches, sliced
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella
- 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese
- Fresh basil, chopped
- Make the dough: (Ahead of time. It will need 2 hours to rise). Add the water, yeast, sugar, and a 1/2 cup of the flour into a mixing bowl. Whisk well; let sit for 20 minutes. It will become bubbly.
- Add olive oil, salt, and 2 cups of flour to the mixing bowl; mix well using a spoon and then your hands until it's dry enough to work with.
- Knead on a lightly floured surface for 10 minutes. Add more flour, a little at a time, until a soft, elastic, and slightly sticky dough forms.
- Brush the inside of a large bowl with oil. Place the ball of dough into the bowl, turning so that the dough is lightly coated in oil. Cover with a dish towel and let sit in a warm spot for 2 hours or until the dough doubles in size.
- Once the dough is finished rising, punch it down and place on a lightly floured surface. Roll dough with a rolling pin until it is 1/3 inch thick. (Split the dough in half and roll each out if making 2 smaller pizzas).
- Cook the onions: In a skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the onions, honey, oregano, thyme, salt, and pepper. Sauté until onions are browned, 4-6 minutes.
- When ready to cook: Light grill to hot (500ºF and up).
- Dust pizza peel lightly with cornmeal (to prevent sticking). Place one raw pizza crust on the peel. Top with mozzarella, onions, peach slices, goat cheese, and basil. Transfer pizza to grill. Cook for 5-7 minutes or until cheese is melted and pizza crust is crisp.
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