You can still host a great get-together even if cooking isn’t your idea of a good time. By ordering some gourmet pizzas you can save yourself from cooking and still please the crowd. Here are some tips for hosting a stylish pizza party.
If you can find a place with wood burning or brick ovens order your pizza there. Their pizzas will generally have a crispy, thin crust with lots of flavor. Another option is to order from a pizza place that offers lots of different toppings so you can create your own flavor combinations.
A few of my favorite combinations are:
- Goat cheese, spinach and sun-dried tomato
- Portabella mushroom, sausage and spinach
- White pizza (garlic and olive oil base) with fresh tomatoes and basil
- White pizza with arugula, figs and goat cheese
- Spinach, roasted red pepper, black olive and feta cheese
- Pesto pizza with grilled chicken and fresh tomatoes
- BBQ sauce base with grilled chicken, red onion, bacon and jack cheese
If you are ordering from a basic pizza place that doesn’t have an extensive topping selection, pick up a bunch of fresh basil and sprinkle chopped or torn basil over a traditional margarita pizza to add a dash of fresh flavor and bright color.
A few presentation ideas: serve pizza on a wooden pizza peel, a large cutting board, or a plain cake stand.
To round out the meal, serve pizza with a simple salad with homemade vinaigrette (balsamic vinegar, olive oil, garlic, Dijon mustard, fresh basil and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice).
Sliced tomatoes and fresh buffalo mozzarella drizzled with olive oil would be a good appetizer.
Dessert can be anything from tiramisu or gelato (for an Italian-inspired theme) to a seasonal fruit pie (to stick with the pizza “pie” theme).
Pick up a few menus on your way home tonight and invite some people over. You don’t even need to turn on the oven!