Some dough, some teenagers, some sauce, cheese and toppings are the key ingredients for a fun, low-maintenance birthday party.
It’s almost a tradition now that we have a pizza party for my daughter’s birthday. I make the dough ahead, and get all sorts of toppings ready, then the girls shape the dough, and get creative.
Problem is, despite the array of toppings on display (feta, grilled vegetables, olives, pesto….) they always go for the tomato sauce first, then the cheese, then the pepperoni. This year, they branched out a bit—one girl even put a few Cheetos on her pizza, which was not the type of “branching out” I had in mind.
Nonetheless, they love making pizza as most of them don’t cook much at home. You can learn a lot about girls from a pizza party—like who takes charge, who pairs up with who, who is most creative…etc. Of course my daughter, being the social butterfly, talked more than anything else.but then again, she gets to make pizza all the time.
I made a great pizza, which I’d definitely make again. It was; crust, Provolone cheese, grilled patty pan and zucchini squash, pesto, chopped fresh tomato, feta and Romano cheese.
Here's a recipe for the dough—the toppings are up to you.
—By Jill Melton, Relish Editor
This dough works perfectly on the grill with whatever pizza toppings you like.