Photo: Courtesy of Jeanine Donofrio and Jack Mathews of Love & Lemons
Tomorrow's July 4th celebrations will see gatherings of friends and families, displays of fireworks, and lots and lots of good old-fashioned American barbecue. Hot dogs, hamburgers and hearty vegetables like portobellos are grill standbys, but they're not particularly original and certainly don't take advantage of beautiful summer produce.
Enter a clever new addition to your grilling resume: a pizza from bloggers Love & Lemons that's topped with ripe tomatoes, fresh herbs and plenty of bubbling mozzarella cheese. For those of you new to the barbecue scene, we're pairing it with registry picks for everything from a portable grill-and-herb-planter duo to an acacia wood pizza peel. Happy grilling!
Dough (make your own, or purchase from your favorite local pizza parlor or grocery store)
Garlic oil for brushing dough (1 clove of garlic + 1/2 cup olive oil)
Fresh mozzarella cheese (if vegan use Daiya or go cheese-less)
Sliced tomatoes (1-2 small tomatoes per pizza)
Fresh herbs of your choice
Recipe courtesy of Jeanine Donofrio and Jack Mathews of Love & Lemons. Visit Love & Lemons for preparation instructions.
Black + Blum barbecue and herb garden in one
Lack of outdoor space or an aversion to a grill's aesthetic is no excuse for not participating in this American summertime cooking ritual. Black + Blum makes an ingenious terra cotta herb garden and barbecue combo that will cook your pizza—and top it too!
"Hot-pot" BBQ, $124, Black + Blum
Weber charcoal grill
A traditional charcoal kettle grill is a terrific investment for newlyweds. Its low price point and portability are perfect for young couples on the move, though a hefty 18.5" in diameter of cooking space leaves plenty of room for multiple personal pizzas. This version's hinged grate makes cooking over indirect heat easier, and a special ash catcher speeds cleanup.
"One-Touch Gold" 18.5-inch charcoal kettle grill, $129.70, The Home Depot
Viking gas grill
Are you already a homeowner or a grilling maestro in your own right? Consider investing in a stainless steel gas grill. Viking offers models powered by either natural gas or propane, and they can be placed upon rolling carts or built into an existing outdoor kitchen. Special features include a built-in thermometer to track temperature and a "Gourmet Glo" infrared burner creates perfectly-cooked rotisserie meats.
"300 Series" 36-inch stainless steel gas grill, Viking (see local dealer for prices)
Pizza Que grill stone
High and even heat is the key to creating pizza with a crispy crust and bubbling cheese. While pizza can certainly be cooked directly on the grates for a nice char and smokey flavor (as Love & Lemons recommends), a pizza stone made especially for the grill ensures even cooking and helps simulate the effects of a real wood-fired oven.
Grill stone, $99.95, Williams-Sonoma
Ironwood Gourmet pizza peel
Pizza peels are multipurpose specialty tools. They lay down dough on a grate or stone in a single layer, keep hands and arms away from the high heat needed to cook pizza, and allow you to pick up an entire pie with ease. This acacia version is beautiful enough to use for serving, too.
Pizza peel, $25, Ironwood Gourmet
Zyliss pizza slicer
Pizza wheels are notoriously incapable of actually cutting a pie at home. Keep things simple with this palm-held version. An ergonomic handle intended for your palm allows for a comfortable grip and maximum leverage when slicing into a crispy pie. Plus, unlike many kitchen tools, it's intended for both righties and lefties.
Palm-held pizza slicer, $11.99, Target
Hen House Linens apron
Cooking with a grill in the great outdoors can lead to a hefty mess, but aprons are notoriously unfashionable outfit additions. These unique aprons come in a variety of modern, fun prints and won't fade after repeat trips through the washing machine.
Cook's apron, $28, Hen House Linens
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