Pizza Party!

Bocconcini tomato garlic pizza
Paul's Bocconcini, tomato and garlic pizza

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.

Feta zucchini capsicum pizza
Anneli's Gourmet Vegetarian pizza

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...

Butterscotch and mocha fondue
Butterscotch and mocha fondue with fresh strawberries, banana and marshmallows

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).

Pizza toppings

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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.

Bocconcini tomato artichoke pizza
A&D's Artichoke, Bocconcini and sun dried tomato pizza

Pepperoni Pizza

  • 150grams pepperoni

  • Use BBQ sauce instead of tomato sauce

Step 1 - Top pizza with BBQ sauce garlic, onion and pepperoni and cheese

Step 2 - Bake in 220c oven for 15-20 minutes

Pepperoni pizza
Pepperoni pizza

Mexican "Beef" pizza (Vegetarian)

For Mexican "beef"

  • Oil for frying

  • 1/2 spanish onion diced

  • 2 cloves garlic chopped

  • 1 1/2 cups Water

  • 2 cups of dried TVP

  • 2 teaspoons of Vegetable stock powder

  • 1x Sachet taco seasoning

  • 1/2 cup Tomato paste

For rest of the pizza

  • Sweet chili sauce to drizzle

  • Guacamole (optional)

  • Sour cream

  • 2 x sliced Jalapeño chilis

Step 1 - In a small saucepan fry diced onion in oil until soft, then add TVP and water and let TVP rehydrate. Add stock powder and taco seasoning to taste (you may not need the whole packet) and ensure that water is absorbed and TVP is cooked (not too hard, it should be of a mince like texture, if it is still hard keep adding water gradually until correct texture is reached). I've found that it takes between 5-10 minutes to fully hydrate depending on the TVP. Set aside

Step 2 - Top pizza with tomato pizza sauce garlic, onion, Mexican beef and Jalapeño chilis (our store was out!)

Step 3 - Bake for 20 mins and when done remove from oven and top with sour cream and avocado and drizzle with sweet chili sauce.

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Mexican "beef" pizza

Pumpkin satay pizza

Step 1 - Top pizza with tomato sauce garlic, onion, pumpkin and cheese.

Step 2 - Bake in 220c oven for 20 mins and when done drizzle satay sauce over.

Satay pumpkin pizza
Pumpkin satay pizza

Anneli's Gourmet vegetarian pizza

  • Grilled zucchini

  • Grilled capsicum

  • Cherry tomatoes, halved

  • Feta cheese crumbled

  • Fresh basil, oregano and parsley

Step 1 - Top pizza with tomato sauce garlic, onion and above toppings.

Step 2 - Bake in 210c oven for 15-20 mins

Feta zucchini capsicum pizza
Anneli's pizza pre oven

A&D's Gourmet vegetarian pizza #2

  • Marinated artichokes

  • Sun dried tomatoes

  • Bocconcini cheese, halved

  • Fresh basil and oregano

Step 1 - Top pizza with tomato sauce garlic, onion, cheese and above toppings.

Step 2 - Bake in 220c oven for 20 mins

Bocconcini tomato garlic pizza
A&D's pizza pre oven

Paul's Bocconcini, tomato and garlic vegetarian pizza #3

  • Bocconcini cheese, halved

  • Fresh tomato

  • Fresh basil and oregano

  • Extra garlic

Step 1 - Top pizza with tomato sauce garlic, onion, cheese and above toppings.

Step 2 - Bake in 220c oven for 20 mins.

Bocconcini tomato garlic pizza
Paul's Bocconcini, tomato and garlic pizza

Celestial Navigation cocktail

Step 1 - Pour ice cold lemonade into glasses, add Christmas pudding vodka

Step 2 - Relax, you'll feel as though you've reached heaven

Chocolate and butterscotch Fondue with strawberries, banana and marshmallows

Step 1 - You don't really need a fondue pot for these to keep them warm. Just heat sauces til liquid and pour into cups and let everyone help themselves. It helps it you have plates to catch the drips!

Butterscotch and mocha fondue

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