Remember the first Perfect Pizza Party?
Well it was so good that we just had to do it again. And this time, things got fancier. Carmelized onions...pesto...smoked gouda cheese - yum yum and yummmmm!I don't usually like cooking with other people, but in the case of pizza decorating, I enlisted one of my roommates to toss on a splash of this and a dash of that.Lessons learned from the first time: sometimes rolling out the dough can be tricky! It wants to stay in a ball, but I want it flat as a pancake (or as pizza...duh!). So I rolled it out. Then weighed it down. That's what I call resourceful! Like last time, I bought ready-made pizza dough from Trader Joe's. I like the whole wheat crust best - it's so easy to just buy it and start rolling!
We made 3 pizzas:
Pizza #1 - Smoked Gouda Half-and-Half Pizza
This was a 2-part pizza:
- Whole wheat crust
- Red sauce
- Pesto Sauce (See my recipe here. I froze the extras from when I made it the first time, and de-frosted it for the pizzas!)
- Smoked gouda cheese
- Caramelized onions
- Cherry tomatoes
Pizza #2 - Chicken Everything Pizza - was the same as #1, except that we used mozarella cheese, and added sliced chicken meatballs for the carnivores of the group. Have you tried the chicken meatballs from Trader Joes? They're so good! Pizza #3 was a Pesto-Less Pizza (because maybe some people don't like pesto???):
- Regular crust
- Red sauce
- Mozarella cheese
- Red bell peppers
- Caramelized Onions
- A sprinkling of spinach
- Half of it had chicken meatballs
It was, again, a perfect pizza party!
I hope you all have a fantastic 4th of July weekend! Maybe make some pizza on the grill? I mean, what's more American than pizza? (I realize the ridiculousness of that statement...but I stand by it. Pizza to Italy as hamburgers are to Germany...aka Americans have kinda sorta taken them over!)