This Memorial Day, we did not have an outdoor grill. No tables. No cocktails. No citronella torches. What we did have was pizza dough. A lot of pizza dough in fact. Enough for the three of us (my friend, my husband, and I), to each have our own pizzas.
The plan was simple:
-Thaw a previous batch of dough from the freezer to use as a starter for a fresh batch.
– Divide the dough between the three of us.
-Enjoy the entertainment while we all fumble around trying to make the perfect pizza
Inviting people over to make pizza is a rewarding experience. If you know what you’re doing, you can teach guests techniques. If you’re new, you get to learn how to make pizza from scratch. It’s also extremely interactive and entertaining.
It’s also a great way to cater to guests’ dietary needs. Vegetarian? Have plenty of veggie toppings on hand. Gluten-Intolerant? Buy gluten free crust in advance if you know this is going to come up. I have a friend with Celiac, so I plan most meals around that. Vegan? All of the above. With some minor tweaks, it’s easy to accommodate for everyone’s tastes.
Finally, one more thing to note: you will want to make sure to have some snacks on hand while the pizzas bake. They will likely all be done at different times. We bake each one off individually so each participant has to see the process through from start to finish. In the end though, everyone leaves not only full, but also with a new recipe to add to her repertoire.
The recipe we use for these events is from Alton Brown. You will need to make this the day before, as it needs to sit in the fridge overnight. http://altonbrown.com/pizza-dough-recipe/
Also on Memorial Day, I tried Citizen Cider’s Wit’s Up. This is easily my new favorite cider. It’s not too sweet and quite refreshing. I’ll report back once I make the trek up there this summer. Can’t wait to tell you all about it.
Hope your holiday was relaxing. Let me know if you have a pizza party this summer. I’d love to hear how it went!