I need to go to Kitchenaid’s Anonymous. I am addicted to it. Anything that makes me life easier and I mean the stuff that really makes it easier I am a fan of. I used to have to ask my husband to knead pizza dough as I am pathetically weak armed and he would dutifully roll up his sleeves and knead away but I like the freedom of making dough without the help of another human. To do this I use Kitchenaid’s dough hook feature. Its like having a driver’s license as opposed to asking for a lift from someone. An irony as I don’t have my driver’s license yet. I plan on being the 80 year old weaving down the road with an L plate strapped to her back license plate.
So for a Pizza party, I hardly need to do any work. I am just making up the bases for the pizzas and our contribution is a pepperoni BBQ pizza (using the BBQ sauce I had made previously) and a pumpkin and satay pizza. We’ve said to our guests that they can bring any topping they like and we’ll put it on the bases and as our guests are vegetarian, Anneli has chosen to bring gourmet vegetarian toppings: fetta, grilled zucchini, grilled capsicum and cherry tomatoes and A&D bring sun dried tomatoes, marinated artichokes and TVP for a mexican “beef” mince pizza slathered with sour cream and Jalapeños. Paul has brought some Bocconcini, fresh tomato and zucchini and the Assman has brought fruit and juice-the fruit to have as a fondue and the juice, well to drink of course…
And of course since its our party, there’s no party without dessert and cocktails. I’ve still got some Butterscotch and Chocolate sauce from the Ice Cream Cake so we’re having a Butterscotch and Chocolate fondue with strawberries, banana and marshmallows and to drink, a cocktail I’ve called Celestial Navigation (Christmas pudding vodka and lemonade).
You’ll find a great Pizza recipe here which will make 2 large pizzas. Double the recipe if you are having a pizza party and roll the dough ready for your guests to top their pizzas. We placed them on a large sheet of baking paper to make them easier to slide onto the oven trays. And speaking of oven trays, the way to produce the nicest crispiest crust is with a pizza stone but if you don’t have one, place your oven tray in the oven while it is pre-heating and just before you’re ready to cook it, slide your pizza onto the very hot oven tray. I find transportation via a large sheet of baking paper easiest to do that where I just lift the whole sheet of baking paper onto the hot tray and slide it in the oven.
Also have plenty of chopped fresh garlic (2 cloves of garlic per pizza) and onion (1/2 onion per pizza), tomato pizza sauce and grated cheese at the ready. Spread the base with pizza sauce and scatter the garlic and onion slices over. All that you have to do now is assemble whatever you’d like for your toppings! After the toppings we scattered cheese on top and baked the pizzas in a 200C oven for 15-20 minutes.
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