My Great Outdoors: Mark's Grilled Pizza on the Balcony

My Great Outdoors: Mark's Grilled Pizza on the Balcony

Faith Durand
Jun 19, 2009

Name: Mark
Location: Portland, Oregon
Type of space: Balcony
Tell us about your outdoor project and how you enjoy it: The winter weather in Portland forces us indoors for a good chunk of the year, so when the summer sun pops its face out of the grey clouds, we Portlanders head outdoors. Any where you walk in the city during the summer, you'll see Portlanders on their balconies, front stoops, and porches, eating, drinking, laughing, sharing each other's company. My girlfriend Lydia and I try eat on our balcony as much as possible, often hosting our friends.

We are both pizza lovers and have started making pizzas on the grill. Because our balcony is so small, we use a small Weber grill… which actually works better than a big grill for making pizzas because it gets so hot.

We like to keep the pizzas simple. A simple red sauce (San Marzano tomatoes are key), fresh mozzarella and parmesan cheese, and basil. We bring all the ingredients out on to the balcony where we dress the pizzas and eat them hot off the grill.

As in most gatherings at our apartment, there are always plenty friends, beer, wine and a hookah for dessert.

How did you create it? We got the idea from Portland MIX magazine.

We put our own spin on this recipe and idea.

Recommended store, site, product or resource?

Homemade Grilled Pizza

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