'Make Your Own Pizza' Party... Celebrating National Pizza Day
Pizza… for many people is one of their favorite foods. That’s definitely the case for us. For our family… Friday night is usually ‘Pizza Night’. A quick phone call to place an order, waiting 20 minutes for it to be ready, and a one minute drive to pick it up from our favorite pizza place. Does it get any easier than that? Yes… it does… I'll get to that in a minute.
Pizza is one food everyone in our family can agree upon… picky eaters included. Our only problem is deciding on the type of dough, the toppings, the sauce, the cheeses… basically everything. Everyone has their own ideas of what they like… and it's pretty hard to compromise when everyone has different tastes... not to mention how expensive pizzas can be.
Solution… ‘Making Your Own Pizza' Night. It super simple and a lot of fun. Over the years we’ve hosted dozen of Make Your Own Pizza Parties… each one just as yummy as the last… plus we discover new ideas for our next party.
Today, we celebrate... National Pizza Day #NationalPizzaDay. Which is more than a day to eat pizza... it's a day to celebrate tradition and the things that bring people together. Go ahead... give it a try... 'Make Your Own Pizza' I promise it will be better than you think and easier. Just make sure you add some fun.
To make it simple for you… I put together a list of tools and recipes for you to host a ‘Make Your Own Pizza’ night or party.
Not only are these parties fun… the pizzas are delicious… our favorite pizza ever.
Every great pizza starts with a great crust… sauce… and toppings. Check out our full-proof recipes below...
1 pkg dry yeast
¼ teaspoon sugar
½ cup tepid-hot water
3 cups flour
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 ½ teaspoon salt
¾ cup milk
2 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (+ 1 Tbsp for later)
Mix yeast, water, & ¼ tsp sugar in a small bowl. Set aside until foamy.
Combine all remaining dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
Mix in the rest of the ingredients, including yeast. I use a Kitchenaid Mixer. Stir until dough forms a ball.
Place dough on a floured cutting board and knead for 2 minutes.
Grease a large bowl with 1 Tablespoon olive oil, add dough ball, cover with plastic wrap and kitchen towel, and set in a warm dry place to rise.
Let the dough double in size
Remove dough from bowl onto a cutting board.
Cut into 2 or 4 pizza dough balls.
Shape dough for pizza using a rolling pin, your hands, or dough docker
Place on a pizza disc for best results... add your favorite sauce and toppings
Bake at 400 degrees for 10-14 minutes. If baking more than one pizza, try using convection bake option.
Makes 2 (14”- 16”) or 4 (10”) pizzas.
1 can petite diced tomatoes or crushed – drained
1 tsp. garlic
½ tsp. basil
½ tsp. oregano
pinch salt & pepper
Add all pizza sauce ingredients to a blender or food processor… pulse until blended.
Bake at 400 degrees 10-14 minutes. If baking more than one pizza, try convection bake.
Sharing our family dough recipe... enjoy!!
Pizza Disc... nothing works better
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Bialetti Taste of Italy Pizza Chopper… https://amzn.to/2H9I7uG
Kitchenaid Professional Series Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer… https://amzn.to/2tHwisr Includes Dough hook
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🍕If you're looking for a super easy and delicious gluten-free option... I highly recommend... 'Against The Grain' Cheese Pizza. You can top it any way you like. Also, look for the 'Against The Grain' Crust only... then let your imagination run wild.
🔔Coming soon... a YouTube video with lots of ideas for 'Make Your Own Pizza' party... suggestions for toppings, sauces, extra special touches and more. Plus, some helpful tips to make your party run smoothly... and some kid-friendly tips.