Silver Lining #3: Best (grilled) pizza EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER
Some of us are reading more. Some of us are running now. Some of us are binging the Tiger King (really?!?) or Ozark (packed with MO references...). And some of us are creating art.
Dane Fuhrman is our CFO and VP of Finance and Administration. He's a numbers guy, a bottom-line guy, an outcomes guy. And he's been working on the bottom-line outcomes of grilled pizza for....well, for long enough to get it exactly right.
In keeping with my continuing determination to find silver linings in all of this chaos and tragedy and disruption, I have asked Dane to share with you his recipe for the best grilled pizza on the planet. Remember that you got this recipe right here, folks....at Stephens College, where we only do what we can do better than anybody else...
Homemade French-Style Crust for Grilled Pizza
(Makes two 12 inch pizza crusts)
1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
¼ oz active dry yeast
1 tablespoon of sugar
4 cups high-protein or bread flour (and extra for dusting)
5 tablespoons of olive oil
1 ½ teaspoons of salt
Combine water, yeast, and sugar in a large bowl. Let this bloom for a few minutes.
Stir in flour, knead by hand for 3-5 minutes.
Add olive oil and salt, continue to knead for 3-5 minutes.
Lightly dust bowl with flour, form the dough into a ball, cover the bowl with a towel, and let this rise for about 4 hours.
Divide into two equal portions. Roll or hand stretch into desired shape.
I use a pizza stone and a simple charcoal grill. The smokiness adds a real depth of flavor.
I pre-heat the stone in the oven for an hour at 475 F. This is critical for a crisp crust.
When the charcoal is ready on the grill, transfer the hot stone to the grill grate.
Prepare a pizza crust with desired sauce (homemade is best) and toppings on floured (or corn meal) pizza peel or cutting board
Transfer pizza directly to the pizza stone and cover the grill for 5-10 minutes (until the bottom of the crust is crisp and golden).
Transfer the pizza to the oven (broil setting) for 2-3 minutes to cook the top of the pizza until golden brown.
Try it. Send pix. I'll post them. Silver linings #4, #5, #6.....