Host a Pizza Party and Make Your Own Pizza

Just because Domino’s is on speed dial doesn’t mean you should use it.

Friday night is quickly approaching, and you’re next in line to host friends. Before the frantic frenzy sets in and you pull up DoorDash to hire a caterer (that’s totally cheating, by the way), maybe just trust yourself to actually pull off the seemingly unimaginable: cooking for your guests. Dinner doesn’t have to be fancy. Just employ the ever-popular K.I.S.S. method that you learned in high school (keep it simple stupid).

And by simple, we mean pizza. Sure, you can order it, but where’s the fun in that? All it takes is just a few simple steps to make your own pizza dough and sauce, assemble the pizza ingredients and fire up the outdoor pizza oven to crisp it to perfection. We all know LA pizza kinda sucks anyway, so this is the way better — and healthier — option.

pizza-oven

Dough Not Skip the Homemade Crust

Making your own pizza dough is actually really easy. So easy, anyone can do it. Even you. Here’s how:

Ingredients (Makes 8 servings):

  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water (110 degrees)
  • 1 1/4 cups cold water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups unbleached bread flour
  • Cooking spray

Step One:

In a medium bowl, dissolve the package of yeast and sugar in warm water. Let it stand for 5-10 minutes.

Step Two:

In the same bowl, stir in flour, salt and olive oil and beat until smooth. Let the dough rest for 5 minutes.

Step Three:

Lightly flour your surface, like a cutting board, and turn out the dough. Pat or roll it into a round pizza shape. Transfer the crust to a lightly greased pizza pan or a pizza peel, which is included in the pizza oven bundle.

Let’s Get Saucy

We’ll go easy on you. Here’s a great no-cook blender sauce recipe that’s just a few basic ingredients. Here’s how:

Ingredients (Makes about 4 cups):

  • 4 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
  • 1 can whole or diced tomatoes (14.5 ounces, no spices or herbs)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • Black pepper, freshly ground

Step One:

Chop garlic in a food processor.

Step Two:

Combine all ingredients in the food processor or blender and purée until smooth.

Step Three:

Spread the sauce evenly across your pizza crust and smooth with the back of a spoon. There’s no wait time or cooking necessary.

pizza-cutter

Get Poppin’ with Toppin’s

This is probably the most fun part besides eating the finished product. You can either set up bowls of toppings and allow your friends to create their own pizzas or you can make an executive decision to top them yourself. Either way, we’re thinking cheese, sausage, pepperoni, pineapple, ham, peppers, onions, the list goes on. Get creative!

Perfect Your Pizza

Operating a pizza oven for the first time sounds a little tricky. We can assure you it’s not. But here are a few tips and tricks to keep in mind. Before you prep your dough, sauce and toppings, attached the propane tank to the pizza oven and turn the knob to “high” to preheat it for 10-15 minutes. You’ll want to maintain the heat between 700-800 degrees. As mentioned above, assemble your pizza on a cutting board. When it’s ready to be transferred to the pizza peel, smother the peel with lots of cornmeal to prevent the crust from sticking. And finally, cook time. It doesn’t take long for the pizza to fully cook. Time 2-3 minutes, and when that time is up, use tongs to turn the pizza 180 degrees for another 2-3 minutes. For more in-depth instructions, peep the user’s manual.

Toast to a Job Well Done

After you’ve baked the pizzas, share a well-deserved craft cocktail with your friends. It’s OK if you appoint someone else to drink duty. You made the pizza, after all. *Saluti! *

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