Throw a Pizza Party!

 in Kitchen

So you want to have a pizza party?
Great, I highly recommend it!
I’ve had countless little pizza parties throughout life, because honestly pizza is always a party.
Just last week I had my second every big birthday pizza party and I couldn’t be happier.

over the years, I’ve had countless birthday parties too, and the pizza party ones have been by far the most interesting and most fun. Even if it isn’t your birthday you can have a pizza party. In fact, I’m thinking about having them way more often.

Tips for a perfect pizza party
– Make your crusts and sauces the day before so you aren’t tired and can enjoy your company.
– Make thin crust pizzas so you can eat more.
– Make the guest bring the toppings.
– Consider teams or a competition.

Planning the Party
First things first make a guest list.
Know how many people you can fit and how much work you want to get into making pizzas.
Make sure the guests know that it’s a pizza party and have them bring their own ingredients.
This cuts down on your planning, prep and cost.
Plus, people will almost always be more than happy to design pizza toppings. If one or two of your guest don’t seem interested in making pizzas that is fine too that joy of this party is a few pizzas feed many people.

However, to give guest a little more incentive to participate you can make it a cook off.

They can compete for categories of your choosing like most colorful, best flavor, perfect crust, etc.
I got little gifts from a place like the dollar tree and put them in small decorated brown bags.
It doesn’t have to be expensive or fancy to get people excited.
I love their looks when they find out the categories and even more so when they get their surprise gifts.
I like to give kids type toys but you could do anything even candy or something homemade.

Prep
I think making the sauce a day in advance is the best kept secret.
If you have the tupperware and the fridge space, do it. You will be happy and less tired the day of your party.
Likewise, if you have room to store it you can prebake the crust the day before

Making the Sauce
Pizza Sauce can be made from the heart easier than from a recipe.
I have a recipe here so gather the ingredients and learn the process.

To make enough sauce for 5 pizzas you will need around 20-25 roma tomatoes.
Make sure to add oregano, thyme, rosemary, garlic, salt and pepper to your tomato sauce. Cook down until rather thick.

Making the crusts

People fear trying new things, like making pizza crust and doubling recipes.
To have a pizza party maybe you will have to face one or both of these fears.
I’ve done the hard work in doubling the recipe, but the original pizza genius was again Deb with Smitten Kitchen who taught me how to make pizza in the first place. Years of practice with pizza stones, cast irons and various sheet pans brought me to my pizza today.
I have done the hard work taking Deb’s recipe and scaling it up to make it pizza party ready.
1 kg of flour will get you 4-5 thin crust pizzas. If you like or want thick crusts plan accordingly.

Pizza Party Crust Recipe

Adapted from Smitten Kitchen cookbook recipe for Rushed Pizza Dough

Ingredients

1 kg flour
5t active dry yeast
2 cup warm water
4t salt

Method
Warm the 1 cups of water on the stove, you should be able to dip your finger in this warm water easily. It should not be hot.

In a medium sized bowl, mix the yeast into the warm water and let sit 5 minutes.

Mix in the flour and salt until the dough has become a thick and flaky mass.

Turn out onto a floured board and knead for 5-10 minutes until you form a smooth and elastic ball.

Transfer to a large, oiled bowl and allow to double in size (usually 20-30 minutes)

Punch down the dough and portion to make crusts.

Roll out each crust individually on a floured surface.

To prebake place on a lined cookie sheet and bake for 10-20 minutes at 350 degrees F until the crust is not doughy, but also not brown on the bottom. Bake timing will depend on how thick or thin you roll out the crust.

The night of the party, place a prebaked crust on a lined cookie sheet and cover with sauce and your favorite ingredients. Bake 10 minutes or until the toppings are their desired consistency.


If not pre baking, add toppings directly after transferring to a cookie sheet and bake 30 minutes or until the toppings are done and the crust is golden brown.

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