Ever wanted to throw a really, really big make your pizza party for your friends?
Well, I did… ok ok maybe it was Jonny Lee Rodgers idea but I pulled it together and here’s how.
I started off by pre-making this 1/2 wheat 1/2 white pizza dough . You can make this a day or two ahead of time, giving the dough plenty of time to rise and you can store it in the fridge until you are ready.
Make a pizza dough ball a little larger than a tennis ball for each guest.
I also premade this awesome Arugula Pesto… because we all know how much I love pesto… on everything.
5-6 tablespoons of Olive Oil
7 cloves of garlic
Juice of 1 lemon
5 cups of fresh arugula
A dash of crushed red pepper
2-3 tablespoons of kosher salt
1 large jalapeno
Rougly chop the jalapeno, leave the seeds, and the garlic. Then combine everything into a food processesor. You will probably need to do this in batches. Combine 2 cups of arugula with a hand full of jalapenos and garlic and a few tablespoons of olive oil. Once that is fully blended, add the rest of the fresh ingredients. Once completely smooth, add salt, lemon and crushed red pepper to taste and giving everything a final blend.
And there you have it! The beginnings of your topping bar!
As my guests started to arrive, I threw down a little flour on the (clean!) counter and let my friends get busy rolling out their pizza crust! Its fun and when you don’t have enough rolling pens… wine bottles work just fine!
Then we moved the pizza crusts to grill, as shown in this post to give them that fire cooked taste then everyone got to top their pizza before moving the pizzas into the oven for final melting. Ask your friends to bring their favorite toppings! This is was my very unorganized but oh-so-delicious topping bar.
Lots of vino, dough rolling and good conversations flowing!
Once the pizza crusts are off the grill, send your friends to the topping bar to make theirs! We had so many delcious choices: awesome pepperoni, tons of cheese, truffle oil, 2 kinds of sausage, ricotta, spinach, bell peppers, mushrooms, roasted peppers and garlic, basil infused olive oil, pesto, marinara, alfredo and much that I can not even remember! So many great choices!
Pizzas ready to go in the oven!
Bell pepper and pepperoni pizza!
The really, really big pizza party was a huge success! Thanks everyone for coming and bringing such awesome toppings and even sticking around to clean the dishes!