Everyone loves family
Nothing puts a damper on
And if you’ve got an outdoor pizza oven, you’ll probably have the space to have your
What is a
At its most basic, a
Making a great
DIYMichelle Price, Honest and Truly
pizzanight is the perfect time to try something new in a low-stakes environment. Put out different toppings each week from artichoke hearts to blanched asparagus. It’s a great way for kids, especially, to expand their palates in a fun way.
How to create your
Setting up a DIY
Choose your base
When it comes to setting up a
Homemade pizza dough: If you have the time and inclination, making your own tasty
Specialty crusts: If you are feeding people with allergies or dietary restrictions, offer some specialty crusts so they can participate as well. These days you can buy delicious
Choose and set out your toppings
One of the best things about a DIY
Sauce: Tomato-based pizza sauce is the classic choice, but you can also offer pesto, alfredo sauce, or even BBQ sauce or Thai red curry sauce. Try creating a white pizza with garlic-infused olive oil as the sauce.
Cheese: Fresh mozzarella is the traditional
Vegetables: Offer a variety of veggies like onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, olives, artichoke hearts, spinach, and fresh tomatoes. Some creative options include chopped broccoli or cauliflower, shaved Brussels sprouts, corn, fennel, or thinly sliced potatoes.
Fruit: Pineapple is a controversial pizza topping — you either love it or you hate it — but it’s not the only
You could even combine strawberries and hazelnut chocolate and make an awesome Nutella pizza.
Herbs and Spices: Don’t forget to include some herbs and spices for added flavor. Offer options like basil, oregano, or Italian seasoning; minced or caramelized garlic; red pepper flakes, harissa paste, or Calabrian chile paste; thinly sliced jalapenos or freshly ground black pepper.
Finishing touches: To impress your guests, offer some finishing drizzles like aged balsamic vinegar, truffle oil or chili oil. A handful of fresh arugula or a shower of fresh herbs like basil, cilantro, dill, parsley, chives, or oregano brighten up a
Don’t Forget the Extras
While the toppings are the star of the show, you can include a few extras to take your DIY
Salad bar: Set up a small salad bar with greens, veggies, and various dressings. Some people will appreciate having salad to balance out their
Dessert: Finish off the meal with a sweet treat. Serve a simple dessert like cookies or brownies, hit up an Italian bakery for some fancy cannoli, or go all-in on the
When we have another couple over forSusannah Brinkley Henry, Feast + West
pizzanight, I always invite them to bring one or two of their favorite toppings. I make dough ahead of time, then we put together two pizzas with everyone’s customizations while we drink wine and catch up before dinner.
Setting out your spread
Now that you have all your ingredients and accompaniments, it’s time to set up your DIY
- Put ingredients in separate bowls or containers to make it easy for people to choose their toppings. It also makes it easier to keep things separate in case of allergies or intolerances.
- Label everything. Labels are essential if you have guests with dietary restrictions or allergies.
- Make sure you have plenty of utensils and plates on hand.
- Consider using a pizza stone or pizza oven for even cooking.
- Set your oven to the highest temperature and have two racks so you can cook at least two pizzas at a time. If you have a
pizzaoven, you’re in luck because they’ll cook each pizzain just a few minutes.
With a little planning and organization, it’s easy to create a fun and delicious
Robin Donovan is the author of more than 40 cookbooks, including the bestselling Campfire Cuisine, Ramen Obsession, and Ramen for Beginners. A food writer, recipe developer, and food photographer, she is the creator of the food blog All Ways Delicious, where she shares easy recipes for the best dishes from around the world.
This article originally appeared on Food Drink Life.