Captain of the Tailgate: Bears at Bills Pregame Open Thread

Folks are always looking for some simple ideas for tailgating food, and today we're bringing you something a little different: Grilled Pizza.  Chicago folks love themselves some pizza, so why not bring the pie to the tailgating party?

Start with your dough... roll it in olive oil, and throw in your favorite herbs.  Flatten it out to your desired size... depending on the grill, 8-10" is probably ideal.  Coat your grill grate with olive oil, then throw your pizza dough right down, without foil.  Cooking with medium heat, leave the dough on for about 2-3 minutes, until the bottom looks good and brown.  Next, flip it over, and add your favorite pizza sauce to the cooked side, along with your cheese and desired toppings.  This will cook quickly, so it will be a good idea to have your toppings (meats and veggies) grilled ahead of time.

Once you've got your pie loaded down with toppings, close the grill and let it cook for a good 4-5 minutes, until the cheese is brown and the bottom of the pizza is fully cooked.  What you'll end up with is a nice hot pizza, with a charred crispy crust.  Depending on the thickness of your pizza, you will adjust the grilling time and temperature.

I've made grilled pizza no fewer than a dozen times, and it has never failed to impress... one might say it has helped me become the Captain of the Tailgate (see what I did there?).  Try it out, and let us know what you think!

Now, on to some Bears links:

John 'Moon' Mullin says that Lovie Smith is likely to return in 2011.

Jim Miller calls for more accountability regarding our players.

Zygi Wilf contemplated firing Brad Childress and keeping Randy Moss.

Matt Bowen breaks down what the Bears could do versus the Bills.

Dan Pompei talks about the OL and the need for continuity.

Featured article: DJ Moore trying to help his addict mom.

Sean Jensen talks with Johhny Knox about WRs becoming DBs.

Another story mentioning getting the running game going with Forte/Taylor.

Brad Biggs has three Bears: Too hot, too cold, and just right.

Biggs also has four things to watch for today at the game.

Michael C. Wright has a very thorough game preview.

The Sun-Times writers make their picks for today's game.

And lastly... with the Holidays right around the corner, we've got the perfect gift idea: A Ditka Sweater Vest.  Go ahead, you deserve one

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Official game thread coming up in a few hours... Happy Sunday dadgummit!

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