A Sweatpants Only Pizza Party
Pizza dough is one of those things that seems to be very difficult but it actually extremely easy to make from scratch. From start to finish, a pizza dough won’t take you more than 5 minutes to prepare and an hour to let rise. When PB and I started our long distance lovefest we would have pizza every single Friday night. I remember calling him from my plane to tell him to get the oven on, and I remember at least 10 occasions when I arrived to his place to find the dough ready, the oven hot, and the salad made. At first we used pre-made pizza crusts, canned pizza sauce, and shredded mozzarella. Over time we developed our favorite pizza dough recipes (white dough recipe coming soon, half whole wheat here) and began to use local fresh mozzarella, San Marzano tomatoes, and lots of oregano. We love having pizza nights, but it is even more fun with friends!
Saturday night we headed over to Garo & Tamar’s house with Kristine & Jon for a pizza lesson. Everyone brought some ingredients, and PhillyBoy gave the lesson, with a few interjections from me on the 1/2 whole wheat adjustments. Although we are all good cooks, PB is the master pizza dough maker. He knows how to prepare a batch just right so that the dough is crunchy, chewy, and perfect.
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We made 4 big batches of dough and packed some up right away to take home with us. For dinner we made several pizzas, some with the white flour crust and some with the 1/2 whole wheat. Of course my favorite pizza of the evening was the one I constructed with artichoke hearts, mushrooms, and kalamata olives on the wheat crust.
Tamar had the genius idea of making a dessert pizza with Nutella, strawberries, and pineapple that was incredible. I want to make this again sometime! I picture making it in mini rounds with one single slice of strawberry (excellently sliced by Garo, who apparently is a master fruit designer?). Tamar also made a delicious chopped salad that was a refreshing change from the cheesy pizza. It was so fresh!
The evening was so much fun. It started with smiles, laughs, and inappropriate dinner table discussions and ended with the same. I love our friends, I love pizza, and I love dates. It was a perfect evening…. even if I had to be rolled home.
Previous Posts this week:
Easter Menu 2010
Strawberries Take the Cake
A Progressive Dinner
The Coffee Buzz
Also, check out Chelsea’s photos from the Frog Hollow Farms’ First Annual Blossom Festival! I wish I lived in California sometimes.