Grilling pizzas is simple and fun! The salty pancetta and sweet melon are an unexpected combo on this pie. Top with dressed arugula!
Course Main Course
Prep Time 1hour
Cook Time 7minutes
Total Time 1day1hour
For the pizza dough
3cupsall purpose flour
1packageactive dry yeast
1cupwarm water105-115 degrees Farenheit
1teaspoonblack pepperfreshly ground
1tablespoonextra virgin olive oil
extra flour for rolling out pizza dough
1/2cantaloupecut into rounds with a biscuit cutter if desired, seeded, cut into 1/4"thick slices
1/4red onionthinly sliced
16ouncesmozzarella cheesefresh , sliced into 1/4" thick pieces
3tablespoonsextra virgin olive oil
1tablespoonred wine vinegar
1/4teaspoonblack pepperfreshly ground
Add the flour to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. In a separate bowl, combine the yeast with the warm water and stir together. Set aside for a few minutes until the yeast starts to bubble. Add the yeast to the dough and turn the mixer onto a low setting. Knead the dough on low speed for 5-6 minutes. Add the salt and pepper and continue kneading for 2 more minutes.
Remove the bowl from the stand. Shape the dough into a round ball and set in the bowl. Pour the olive oil over the dough and turn the dough over until it is well coated with olive oil. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 12 hours. It will double in bulk and start to develop a yeasty aroma.
The dough is ready to use at this point, but for a more flavorful dough, punch it down and reform into a tight ball. Put the dough back in the bowl, cover and refrigerate for another 12 hours.
Remove the dough from the refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature for about half an hour.
Meanwhile, prepare the toppings. Separate the pancetta slices so they are easily accessible (they tend to stick). Slice the cantaloupe into thin slices. If you want to be fancy, use a biscuit cutter to cut the cantaloupe into "pepperoni rounds". Slice the onion and mozzarella and arrange the ingredients on a platter so you can easily build the pizzas on the grill. It is important to have everything in its place before you begin to cook.
Place the arugula into a salad bowl and set aside. In a small bowl combine the olive oil, vinegar, dijon, garlic, salt and pepper. Whisk to combine and set aside. (Don't dress the greens until you're ready to serve -- otherwise they will wilt.)
Preheat the grill to 400 degrees.
Dust your work surface with flour. Separate the dough into 4 equal portions and roll each one into a ball. Place one ball of dough on the work surface and use a rolling pin, lightly dusted with flour to roll the dough into a disc about 1/4"- 1/3" thick. Set the dough onto a baking sheet and continue rolling out the other balls of dough.
Assemble these ingredients by the grill: pizza dough, olive oil (and pastry brush), pancetta, cantaloupe, mozzarella, onions, parmesan.
Place a pizza dough on the grill. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of olive oil and quickly brush the oil over the dough with a pastry brush. Lay one quarter of the pancetta over the dough in an even layer. Top with a quarter of the cantaloupe, mozzarella, onions and parmesan cheese. Close the lid on the grill and cook for 6-7 minutes. Monitor the grill in case of any flare ups. Use a large spatula to transfer the pizza to a baking sheet or pizza peel. Continue with the remaining pizzas. (note: depending on your grill size you can cook 2-4 pizzas at a time, but the longer the lid is up, the more the grill will cool and it may take some time to get back to a high cooking temperature.
Add the dressing to the arugula and toss.
Serve pizzas individually with a nest of arugula on top, or cut into wedges and top each wedge with greens.
If you're making your own pizza dough, start a day ahead, so it can rise several times. One pizza dough will make 4 individual 6-8" pizzas and will serve 3-4 people as a main course or 6-8 for an appetizer.