Pizza on the barbecue? If you don’t have a pizza oven, making a grilled pizza is a great option. You’ll get a crispier base browning it on the grill than cooking in the oven. If you want to make meatless pizzas, substitute grilled artichokes for the chorizo or sausages.
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
1 x 400g (14 ounce) can Italian tomatoes, crushed
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 fresh chorizo sausages, or 3-4 small pork and fennel seed flavoured sausages (optional) or 1 x 400g (14 ounce) jar grilled artichoke hearts in oil
4 uncooked pizza bases (making your own is easy)
Extra virgin olive oil
Coarse semolina or polenta
½ cup shaved parmesan cheese
1 cup basil leaves
250g (about 8½ ounces) buffalo or cow’s milk mozzarella, drained and mopped dry
Handful of rocket (arugula) leaves, trimmed
Small wedge of parmesan cheese for shaving
1 Make the sauce first. Put the oil and garlic in a small saucepan and set pan over medium heat. Let garlic take on a little colour, then add the tomatoes. Bring to a gentle boil, season with ¼ teaspoon salt, then lower the heat and cook gently for 10 minutes.
2 If making meat pizzas, slice chorizo or sausages and fry in a little hot oil. If using artichokes, drain well, mop with paper towels and slice thinly.
3 Brush one side of the pizza bases with extra virgin olive oil. Cook over a preheated barbecue grill rack over low to medium heat for 4-5 minutes, until lightly charred; put the bases straight on the rack. Transfer to a baking sheet using tongs. Brown all the bases before cooking the first pizza.
4 Assemble one pizza at a time and while it is cooking, assemble the next one. Flip pizza base over onto a piece of baking paper (parchment) or a pizza peel sprinkled with coarse semolina or polenta to prevent sticking, so that the grilled side is facing up. Scatter pizza with a little cheese, then put on dollops of tomato sauce. Arrange cooked meat or sliced artichokes on top, then basil and mozzarella. Season with a little salt and pepper.
5 Slide pizza back onto the hot grill rack and cook for about 5 minutes, until the underside is nicely browned. Transfer pizza to a baking sheet and brown the top under a hot grill, cooking until cheese is melted. Alternatively, if you are cooking on a hooded barbecue, cook the assembled pizza with the hood down. The heat probably won’t be sufficient to brown the cheese, but it will melt it.
6 Strew a little rocket over the top of the cooked pizza and add a few shavings of parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.