GOURMET PIZZA PARTY
Consider guests' varied palates and dietary restrictions with a C.I.Y. (cook-it-yourself) gathering.
Text by Heather Winkel
Photography by Dev Hanumara
Entertaining can be a balancing act. Between keeping the bar stocked and ensuring that guests are having a good time, you miss out on all the fun. Introduce the make-your-own pizza party. Putting food at the center of the shindig takes the pressure off of you and keeps the party moving effortlessly. So roll out the homemade dough, slather on the sauce and let guests customize their own mini pizzas. Sure you'll be prepping the night before, but an organized pizza bar will pay off when you're relaxing and enjoying the festivities.
MINI PIZZA BAR
Mini pizza pans
Shredded mozzarella cheese
Pizza toppings (such as green peppers, mushrooms, pepperoni and onions)
Makes 2 pounds of dough
¾ teaspoon salt
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 3/8 cups water
3 tablespoons olive oil
1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl.
2. Use the "dough" or "pasta" setting on a stand mixer to prepare dough (it should take about 1 1/2 hours to rise).
3. Once dough is finished, keep covered until it's time for use.
FOR YOU & YOUR GUESTS
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Use your fingers to flatten
a circle of dough to fit loosely in your pizza pan.
3. Spread a thin layer of sauce
4. Top with cheese and toppings
of your choice.
5. Place mini pizza pans on a cookie sheet and bake four mini pizzas at
a time for 15 minutes.
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