Thursday, June 27, 2013

Grandma Pizza On The BBQ - Using No Knead Dough!

Hello Everyone!   

I made this awesome Grandma Pizza Recipe on the Barbeque and I wanted to share with you how I did it!

You know, with summer here, it is hard to bake in a really hot oven in your house, but on your grill.... You can make some of the best pizza pies you could ever imagine.   I was actually toying with the idea of making an out-door brick pizza oven for a while.   But, since mastering this pizza making technique on a standard gas barbeque, I have put that project off..... for a while...

First off, to get started making pizza on your grill, you need to have some dough made for your pizza crust.  This is a great application for the no knead dough that I have made videos of and have written about.  For more information, please feel free to look for my post on No Knead Pizza Dough!  

I made this pizza sort of in the style of making a Grandma Pizza!   You need olive oil on the pan to fry the dough.   That makes this pizza pie so delicious.


  • No Knead Pizza Dough
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Olive Oil
  • Cubed Organic Tomatoes
  • Sea Salt
  • Basil
  • Lots of Chopped Garlic!

  1. Fire up your BBQ.  If you have a bread stone, put it on the grill and close the lid.   Let the stone get good and hot.
  2. Strain your tomatoes and try to drain off as much liquid as possible.
  3. Oil the pan and press the dough into a pan all the way to the ends.
  4. Spread the Garlic and any toppings, like I did in the video.
  5. Evenly distribute the tomatoes.   Grind a little sea salt on top.
  6. Top with the Cheese and Basil.
  7. Place on top of your bread stone and close the top of the grill to bake.
  8. Check on it after about 5 minutes and turn on the grill.   Close the top and continue about another 5 minutes....
  9. Remove when the pizza is cooked to perfection.
  10. Let it sit a few minutes before cutting.
I hope you enjoyed this awesome way to make Grandma Pizza on your grill.  In the heat of summer, it is hard to crank your oven up to 500 degrees.   On the grill, you can do it outside...

Please feel free to ask any questions and share this blog with your friends.

-Enjoy this Italian Dish!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

No Knead Pizza Dough - Easy Homemade Pizza Dough Recipe!

No Knead Pizza Dough

Pizza Dough pressed into a pan
Soon, you will be making Pizza!!!!!

This homemade pizza dough recipe is so easy, you don’t need any high powered mixers or food processors…   No Knead recipes for bread are really a game changer….  All you need is the ingredients, a spoon and a container to mix the dough in…   It is really that easy, and best of all, you can use this no knead dough in all of your gourmet pizza recipes.

No Knead dough is much softer than standard pizza dough…   So, while hand tossing is more difficult, it is much easier to press out the dough into a pan.   This makes it easier for folks that don’t have a lot of experience with hand tossing, and perhaps have anxiety of having to clean pizza dough off the ceiling.

With that said, this translates great to a Grandma Pizza, which is thicker than standard Neapolitan pizza, yet thinner than Sicilian pizza.  If one wanted a pizza with a thinner crust, I would suggest a rolling pin.   Thicker crust?  Just let it rise.

You can see my video on YouTube where I make this dough.    

Although I am using some semolina flour, you can choose not to, and replace it with all purpose flour.

So, without further delay, here is the recipe:


  • 2 ¾ cups of water
  • ¼ cup of Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Sea Salt
  • 1 Packet of Yeast
  • 5 ½ Cups of All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Cup Semolina Flour ( Called Pasta Flour in some stores.   You can use All Purpose Flour if you can’t find this )


1)    Add the Brown Sugar, Yeast to a container suitable for mixing the dough
2)    Add the Water and Olive Oil.   Stir well until dissolved.
3)    Add a cup of flour and stir with a spoon
4)    Add the salt and stir with the spoon
5)    Add another cup of flour and stir with the spoon.
6)    Keep adding flour and stirring until all flour is incorporated.
7)    Cover and set the dough out overnight.
8)    Separate the dough into 4 – 6 separate parts ( depending on how big your pizza’s will be) Put each part into a round container that has been coated with olive oil.   Put a little olive oil on top and cover.
9)    Refrigerate.  Use within 2 weeks.

You are using a round container to help you to make a round pizza.   If you were making a square pizza, use a square pan.    The container needs to be covered while in the refrigerator. 

I hope you enjoy making awesome pizzas with this easy to make, no knead pizza dough recipe.    I like the flavor of the brown sugar, but if you don’t, you can use white sugar, if you want.    Experiment with different blends of flours.   For a whole wheat variation, replace the cup of semolina with Whole Wheat flour…   Other variations that I have done include putting sesame seeds in the dough, putting garlic or garlic powder in the dough, dried herbs…   Really, whatever you can dream up.

So, enjoy the No Knead Pizza Dough Recipe!   And check back for more great authentic Italian recipes!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Homegrown Is Best! How to make EarthBox like Self Watering Containers

Ever since I was a child, as long as I could remember, my family had a garden.   Gardening to Italians is a way of life.   There is nothing like going into your back yard and picking fresh vegetables and herbs for use right before you need them…

In this modern age, however, some folks may not have the luxury of yard space to grow food.   Many city folks want to be able to grow food, but don’t have the space or usable land..   Veggies don’t grow in concrete!   But…  Thanks to advances in modern gardening methods, they can grow ON concrete.

I recently made some self watering containers and posted a video on YouTube to demonstrate how these awesome self watering planters could be made from just a few items from the local store…

These work great for growing Tomatoes, Eggplant, Zucchini, and other Italian Favorites…  

Now, if only I could find a Mozzarella tree, I would be in good shape!

Check out my video and give it a shot!   Be sure to use Potting Mix, not Potting Soil!  Also, use a good organic fertilizer.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Pot Roast Braised in Italian Red Wine

This is what I call Italian Comfort Food.  In the summer, it is hard to cook something for a long time in the oven.   But, when using a slow cooker, or Crock Pot, you can easily make this amazing meal without over heating your home. 

Delicious Pot Roast

This recipe features the use of a slow cooker.    Here is one that you can get from Amazon:

•    4 pounds boneless chuck
•    Olive oil
•    1 tablespoon butter
•    3 tablespoons onion chopped
•    3 tablespoons carrot chopped
•    2 tablespoons celery chopped
•    1½ cups dry Italian red wine, like Borolo
•    1 cup beef broth
•    1 can diced tomatoes
•    ¼  teaspoon dried thyme
•    ⅛ teaspoon dried oregano 
•    Salt
•    Fresh Ground Black pepper

1. Coat the bottom a skillet with the Olive Oil and heat it up
2. Brown the meat in the skillet, then, transfer it to a Crock Pot or Slow Cooker.
3. Coat the bottom a skillet with the Olive Oil again and heat it up the butter, and sauté the onion.
4. Add the carrot and celery. Sauté the onion, carrot and celery for 4 to 5 minutes
5. Add the onion, carrot and celery to the meat in the slow cooker.
6. Pour the wine into the skillet and turn on the heat. While heating the wine, scrape the pan with a wooden spoon to loosen cooking residues stuck to the bottom and sides. Add the wine to the slow cooker.
7. Add the beef broth and tomatoes to the slow cooker. It should come two-thirds of the way up the sides of the meat, but if it doesn’t, add more broth or water.
8. Add thyme, oregano, salt, and pepper to taste.
9. Turn the slow cooker on high, cover and cook for about 5 hours, turning the beef a few times during the cooking process.
10. The meat should be very tender.  Serve and enjoy!

I hope you have enjoyed making this amazing Italian recipe.   I will probably be making a video of this one soon, so check my YouTube channel for that.