For a July Fourth celebration, dessert has got to be easy and easy going.

And since you're probably making the rest of your meal on the grill anyway, why not use it to prep dessert, too? This dessert pizza is incredibly quick and versatile. Top it with whatever sweet treats you like, or consider making individual ones and having a dessert pizza bar where people can select their own toppings.

Be sure to let the pizza dough rest at room temperature for about 30 minutes before trying to roll it out. Otherwise, it will be too stiff and resist stretching.

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Grilled Dessert Pizza


•1/4 cup turbinado or demerara sugar, divided

•16-ounce ball pizza dough

•Canola or vegetable oil

•1/2 cup semisweet

•chocolate bits

•1 1/2 cups chopped fresh strawberries

•3/4 cup flaked coconut


Heat a grill to medium-high.

Scatter half of the sugar on a counter top. Place the pizza dough over the sugar and roll out into the sugar. Sprinkle the top of the dough with the remaining sugar, then roll again to press the sugar into the top. You should have a circle about 12 inches in diameter.

Transfer the dough to a baking sheet.

Use an oil-soaked paper towel held with tongs to oil grill grates.

Place the pizza dough directly onto the grates. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until lightly browned.

Return the crust to the baking sheet and sprinkle chocolate bits over the top. Allow the chocolate to melt, then use a butter knife or silicone spatula to spread it evenly over the crust. Sprinkle with the chopped strawberries and the flaked coconut. Enjoy warm.

Servings: 6

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