What’s more fun than a “Pick Your Topping Pizza?” If you’re having a party, set out a Pizza Topping Bar and let your guests top their own individual pizza pies. You could bake or grill the pizzas for your guests.
Below is a pretty comprehensive list of pizza ingredients that should please most pizza eaters. Buy a selection of toppings, a few different pizza dough flavors, and get that pizza topping bar ready. Rent some grills or have everyone bring their own portable grill. It’s an entertaining outdoor event for the summer and fall!
Here’s my “Pizza Topping Bar” Map. Offer some of my suggested toppings on platters or in bowls with serving utensils. Use a large card table or even the center island in your kitchen. Your guests can start with the pizza pan, add a crust, sauce, cheese, meat or seafood, vegetable or fruit, bake it, and then add a garnish. Have a separate table for napkins rolled around flatware and your assorted beverages. Soft drinks, beer, and wine all go well with pizzas!
But first, take a look at these enticing photos some of my favorite pizza combos:
You can put almost anything on a pizza. Start out with a selection of pizza doughs for your guests to roll out. Set out a card with a few composed pizza suggestions including:
Sausage and Tomato Pizza: pizza sauce, provolone slices, sausage, chopped tomato
Classic Pepperoni and Mushroom Pizza: pizza sauce, shredded mozzarella, shredded parmesan, pepperoni slices, mushrooms
Tex Mex Tortilla Pizza: refried beans, Monterey Jack and cheddar cheeses, onions, and add pulled chicken. After pizza is baked, add shredded lettuce, tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, avocado, sour cream, salsa
Pizza Margherita: shredded mozzarella, diced tomato, shredded parmesan, basil
Chicken Pesto Pizza: pesto sauce, diced grilled chicken, shredded fontina, pine nuts
Duck Confit Pizza: Swiss cheese, smoked Gouda cheese, duck confit, pear, caramelized shallot
Garlic Chicken Pizza with Fingerling Potatoes: olive oil, roasted garlic cloves, diced grilled chicken, sauteed fingerling potato coins.
Roasted Tomato Ricotta Pesto Pizza: pesto, roasted tomato sauce, ricotta, mozzarella, roasted garlic cloves, parmesan.
Friday Night Pepperoni and Provolone Pizza: Roasted tomato sauce, pepperoni, provolone slices, mozzarella.
BBQ Chicken Pizza: Barbecue sauce, cooked chicken chunks, shredded mozzarella and smoked gouda cheeses, sliced red onion, chopped cilantro.
From the kitchen of A Food Lover’s Delight….
Pizza Topping Bar
Set out a selection of these options for your guests to create their own pizza pies.
Regular pizza dough
Whole wheat pizza dough
Herbed pizza dough
Burrito size flour tortilla
Shredded mozzarella cheese
Fresh mozzarella cheese slices or mini-balls
Shredded parmesan cheese
Shredded cheddar cheese
Shredded Monterey Jack cheese
Shredded smoked Gouda cheese
Shredded fontina cheese
Sliced Swiss cheese
Sliced provolone cheese
Feta cheese crumbles
Bleu cheese crumbles
Meats and Seafood:
Vegetables and Fruits
Green or red bell pepper rings
Sliced black olives
Diced or sliced sweet or red onions
Sliced jalapeno peppers
Roasted red peppers
Asparagus tips or spears
Roasted garlic cloves
Diced or sliced cooked potatoes
Red pepper flakes
Method: Start with a pizza crust on a pizza pan. Top with your favorite sauce. Add cheese, meats and seafood, vegetables and fruits. Bake or grill the pizza. Then top with your favorite garnishes. Enjoy!
Feeds a crowd!
www.afoodloversdelight.com (Copyright Adroit Ideals 2014)