Preparing a Pizza Party Menu

Celebrate America’s favorite food with a pizza party that offers something for everyone.

 

Since the ancients started putting toppings on their flatbreads, people have been giving pizza rave reviews.

For your next gathering of friends, have a pizzeria pizza party, with this menu of four variety pizzas and even one for dessert!

 

Menu

Artichoke Red Pepper Pizza

Roasted Vegetable Pizza

Hawaiian Pizza

Dessert Pizza

Basic Pizza Sauce

  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • Dash salt
  • Dash oregano
  • ½ green bell pepper, diced small
  • 1 28-ounce can tomatoes
  • 1 large can tomato puree
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Pepper
  • Generous pinch of baking soda
  • Parmesan cheese

Heat oil, garlic, salt, oregano and green pepper in a large pot. Add tomatoes, puree, tomato paste, sugar, pepper, baking soda and a little bit of parmesan cheese. Break up tomatoes with the back of a wooden spoon. Cook on low heat for about 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

 

Basic Pizza Dough

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1½ teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 package yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons oil

Mix 1 cup flour, sugar, salt and yeast in large bowl. Gradually add water and oil and mix at low speed. Stir in 1½ -2 more cups of flour and knead. Place in a greased bowl with a damp towel over top. Let raise 1¼ hours or until double in size. Punch it down and roll it out. Put rolled-out dough onto pizza pans. Add sauce and toppings and bake.

 

Artichoke Red Pepper Pizza

  • 1 pizza crust, unbaked
  • 1 leek, white part only, thinly sliced
  • 1 can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 1 small red pepper, diced
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Brush unbaked pizza crust lightly with olive oil. Lay leeks, artichoke hearts and red peppers evenly over crust. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Add cheese and bake until melted, about 5 minutes.

 

Roasted Vegetable Pizza

  • 1 small eggplant, sliced
  • 1 medium zucchini, sliced
  • 1 red onion, cut into small wedges
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ cup Basic Pizza Sauce
  • Parmesan cheese

Combine vegetables, oil, vinegar, thyme and pepper in a large baking dish and toss to mix well. Place in a 350 degree pizza oven, stirring occasionally for 20 minutes or until vegetables are soft. Set aside. Spread pizza sauce evenly over unbaked pizza crust. Top with roasted vegetables. Sprinkle top with parmesan cheese. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

 

Hawaiian Pizza

  • 1 pizza crust, unbaked
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 cup Basic Pizza Sauce
  • 1 cup chopped smoked ham
  • 1 can pineapple tidbits, drained
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup shredded provolone cheese

Brush unbaked pizza crust with oil and spread sauce evenly over crust. Top evenly with ham and pineapple. Sprinkle with cheeses. Bake at 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until cheese melts.

 

Dessert Pizza

  • 1 package ready-to-bake sugar cookie dough
  • 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 8 ounces marshmallow cream
  • Sliced fruit (strawberries, kiwis, blueberries, bananas, pineapple)
  • Powdered sugar

Slice dough into rounds, as you would make cookies. Place the rounds on a pizza pan and press together to form a crust. Bake in a 350 degree pizza oven until done, about 8 minutes. Set aside to cool. In a large bowl, combine cream cheese and marshmallow cream with an electric mixer. Spread evenly over crust. Arrange fruit slices on top. Using a sifter, sprinkle powdered sugar on top.

Tips:

  • To make your pizza party way more practical and fun, you can use a mobile pizza oven trailer so you and your friends are able to take your party anywhere.
  • If you’re offering different types of pizza, slice the pies into small pieces, so that guests can try a little of each. Keep side dishes light and simple.
  • For a nostalgic pizzeria theme, use a red and white checked tablecloth, serve Coke in old fashioned bottles, and have grated parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes on the table. For a theme movie, watch Mystic Pizza.

Pizza for Everyone, Every Day

I adore homemade pizza and good restaurant pizza, sometimes even a mediocre slice on the fly will do… And I know I’m not alone. As I noted earlier, pizza provokes passions.

If you’re into making healthier food choices, I will share my favorite Homemade Pizza tips this week. Also, stay tuned for my homemade pizza dough recipe. It’s worth a try and a good recipe to get small hands involved in if you want to cook with kids.

A real pizza stone and good quality pizza oven kit makes a huge difference. I’ve been through two of the high-end volcanic or some such model at W-S. The first one cracked and the second shows signs of going that way. Next one I am going to try will be the Californo kit I found out from an online catalog of a restaurant supply store.

Now, here comes my tips for making healthier and delicious pizza at your own home!

Tips:

  • Making pizza at home allows you to control the quality of the ingredients. Make the right choices according to your nutritional needs.
  • Use a pizza kit – check Californo or your local restaurant supply store.
  • Try different recipes for your perfect crust.
  • Be creative! This is the perfect chance for you to experiment with that vegetable you thought you’d never like to eat. Ever thought of putting a mix of fruit and vegetables on it? Pizza makes everything more delicious.
  • Good oregano is key. Throw out that plastic shaker bottle of gray-green stuff that’s been in the spice cabinet for ages. Get a real good quality one.
  • Enjoy with your family and friends. You can make a homemade pizza party and get everyone to cook together.
  • Bon appetit!