This weekend, we had a totally 100% fun Grilled Pizza Party. GGP, for short. If you have a grill, and you have friends, I highly suggest following a similar course of action. You won't regret it!
We had 11 grown-ups and 1 pizza-eating kiddo, and I made a triple batch of dough, and honestly, it wasn't really enough. Jake - wisely - broke the dough into smaller batches than the recipe suggested, for 12 mini pizzas in all. The smaller pizzas are a good idea because they are a lot easier to manage on the grill.
I named this pizza Michael Buble. Just look at those pizza bubbles! What!? So, you see, this dough recipe is really right on.
Our system was that I made the dough (and a salad), and then the guests all brought different toppings. Except, in the end, I couldn't resist and I made a topping too. We ended up with 6 different toppings, and with our 12 little pizzas, we made two of each.
Alana assembling her masterful creations
I didn't get a close up of this pizza pictured here, but I think it was my favorite one of all. Alana's topping combo consisted of an amazing Saffron Fennel Tomato Sauce (from Deborah Madison's new book), and some Raw Walnut Sausage (from Practically Raw), and some Daiya Mozzerella shreds. It was truly a dynamite combo!!! I want another one right now!
One last variety here: A Thai red curry pizza with dry-fried tofu cubes, green beans and basil. The curry sauce was super spicy, but the bready pizza dough was a great balance. Another fun pizza I never would have thought to make. I love how my exciting and adventurous foodie friends are always expanding my food horizons!
Little Stevie Wonder hanging out under the pizza table... just hoping something good might come her way. The doggies had so much fun at this party. There were food scraps and lots of people and kiddos to play with, and - best of all - everyone was hanging out in the backyard. For some reason, the dogs just love it when we all hang out in the backyard together.
Everyone digging in for round two of pizza madness!
Like I said, we ran out of pizza... so people resorted to just eating the extra delicious toppings that everyone had brought. That worked out pretty well, but I still felt like a naughty hostess for not having made enough pizza dough. Next time I will make a 10x batch just to be sure! ha!
Luckily, I had also made a big salad - full of lettuce and fresh veggies and grilled veggies too (just to compliment our grilling theme). It was delicious! Plus, salad is a great combo with all that pizza - something fresh and colorful and crisp.
after all that fun, Snoopy and I were ready to curl up on a poofy pizza bed and fall asleep!