Having trouble thinking of a fun idea for your next get together? You should try a "Create Your Own Pizza" party! Not only is it a relatively inexpensive way to feed several people, but inventing new combinations and trying each others pizza is a fun way to get a taste of pizza you may not have tried and it's a really fun way to interact with your friends. It only takes a few ingredients for the dough, most of which you probably already have in your pantry. As for the toppings? Go crazy! Put out the usual suspects, but try livening it up with things like prusciutto, riccotta, goat cheese, and pesto.
Dough is the most important thing you need when making a pizza and it's good to have dough prepared for pizza making before your guests arive. Many methods are used to prepare dough, but most people agree that it should be made anywhere from one full day to several hours before baking it and kept in the refrigerator and then proofed before baking. Proofing is the final step before baking and allows the dough to rise slightly. This can be done with the proof setting of most modern ovens and warming drawers. Below is a simple recipe for your pizza dough.
- 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
- 1 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
- 2 cups bread flour
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons white sugar
- In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
- In a large bowl, combine 2 cups bread flour, olive oil, salt, white sugar and the yeast mixture; stir well to combine. Beat well until a stiff dough has formed. Cover and rise until doubled in volume, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- Turn dough out onto a well floured surface. Form dough into a round and roll out into a pizza crust shape. Cover with your favorite sauce and toppings and bake in preheated oven until golden brown, about 20 minutes.