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Customized Grilled Pizza Ideas For Outdoor Parties

If you're hosting an outdoor event and are looking for a lunch or dinner that will appeal to the majority of your guests, consider serving a variety of pizzas. Since you'll be outside, you can use your grill to create customized pies that will please party-goers of all ages, from young children to adults. 

Grilled pizzas are ideal menu items for any type of outdoor special occasion, such as kid's and adult's birthday parties, spring, summer and even fall holiday celebrations, anniversary and graduation soirees, bridal and baby showers, and wedding receptions. Pizza can by either elegant eats or casual cuisine, depending on how you prepare it.

Creating customized pizza at the party will help liven up the menu, but you can also serve a few classic styles, such as plain cheese or cheese and sausage, to appease guests with less-than-adventurous palettes. Using the grill to either prepare the ingredients, cook the pizza, or both, will add a rich, smoky flavor to the pie.

The good news is that no matter what your party food budget is, you can grill up pizza shop-worthy pies using a combination of traditional and gourmet ingredients. Use seasonal produce for both the best taste and price.

Here are some grilled pizza ideas to consider for your next celebration:

1. Grilled Vegetable Pizza

For party food that is both healthy and delicious, whip up a few grilled vegetable pizzas. Start by grilling your favorite types of produce, such as mushrooms, squash, eggplant, tomatoes and green, yellow or red peppers, and using them as toppings. As another idea, you can place the grilled vegetables in individual bowls and allow guests to pick and choose their own ingredients if you're serving individual customized pizzas.

After party-goers have designed their perfects pies, either cook them on the grill or bake them in an oven. Serve with a green side salad or breadsticks and marinara sauce for dipping.

2. Grilled White Pizza 

As a twist on traditional pizza with red sauce, make grilled white pizzas featuring creamy, homemade Alfredo sauce instead. Spread the sauce on the crusts, top with shredded mozzarella cheese, and customize with gourmet ingredients such as prosciutto, Italian sausage, grilled eggplant, sun-dried tomatoes, portobello mushrooms, caramelized onions, artichokes hearts and fresh basil. 

Bake the completed pies in a wood-fired grill until the crust is slightly charred and the cheese is a golden brown color. Serve with Caesar salads and wine for the adults.