Why You Should Grill Your Pizza Dough

Photograph by Chris GentilePhotograph by Chris GentileRecipe by Chad Robertson, Bon Appétit

These chewy-crisp flatbreads are just right for drizzling with chile oil and herb sauce or wrapping around grilled meat. Use this master recipe and topping combinations from our list below, or improvise with anything from guacamole to pesto. And yes, you can substitute store-bought pizza dough.

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Grilled Flatbread

Makes 8 Recipe by Chad Robertson of Tartine Bakery in San Francisco, CA

2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
4 3/4 cups all-purpose flour plus more for dusting
2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons kosher salt
1/2 cup sour cream Vegetable oil (for brushing)

Topping Suggestions
• Ancho Chile Oil, Green Charmoula, and grated Cotija or Parmesan cheese
• Puréed black beans, sliced avocado, radishes, and pico de gallo
• Sliced plum tomatoes, fresh basil, olive oil, and crema (or sour cream)

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Dissolve yeast in 3 cups warm water in a large bowl. Add all-purpose and whole wheat flours; mix with your fingertips until a shaggy dough forms. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let rest at room temperature for 20 minutes.

Sprinkle salt over dough, then add sour cream; knead until well incorporated and dough pulls away from sides of bowl and holds together in a loose, wet ball, about 5 minutes (dough will be very soft and wet; lightly moisten your hands to prevent sticking if needed). Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let dough rise at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Knead dough an additional 4-5 times to deflate. Cover and chill for up to 2 days. (Dough will develop in flavor and continue to rise slowly in refrigerator.) Alternatively, let dough stand at room temperature until doubled in volume, 3-4 hours (the warmer and more humid your kitchen is, the faster it will rise). Chill for 1 hour before grilling to make it easier to handle.

Build a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill, or heat a gas grill to high. Divide dough into 8 equal portions. Generously flour a work surface. Working with 1 or 2 portions at a time (depending on how many flatbreads will fit on your grill), roll out dough or press with your hands into a 1/4-inch-thick shape. (It doesn't have to be perfectly round.)

Brush grill rack with oil. Grill flatbreads until lightly charred on one side and no longer sticking to grill, 2-3 minutes. Using tongs, turn flatbreads and grill until cooked through, 1-2 minutes longer. Add desired toppings and serve warm.

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