Thursday, January 29, 2015

Home Depot Meals: Can You Top This Pizza?

When I was in grade school, our school would have a fund raising night at Straw Hat Pizza. The restaurant donated a portion of all their earnings for the evening to our school project. The project is long since forgotten, but I well remember that I did not like cheese, so I didn't want pizza! I ordered a hamburger!

Happily I grew up.

Not only do I love cheese (and had a really hard time imaging going without when I did a food allergy test--thankfully not allergic!) I love pizza too.

In fact, my whole family loves pizza. So this Christmas when we had all 12 of us together (kids, spouses, grandkids, and my parents) we did a 4 generation Can You Top This pizza meal. 

Here's How:
First I made the crusts ahead of time using this very easy recipe.

I quadrupled the recipe and divided the dough into 16 balls which I then rolled out and baked at 400F on cookie sheets for just 3 minutes each. I place the partially cooked crusts on cookie racks to cool.

Do you make perfectly round, magazine ready crusts? I don't! But they taste just as good. Of course, you can buy frozen, par baked pizza crusts that will be perfectly round.

I froze these crusts and brought them out about 15 minutes before we were to top our pizzas. 

On the counter I placed every pizza topping I could think of along with a jar of spaghetti sauce. I preheated my oven to 400F and let everyone Top Their Own pizzas and bake them by placing them directly on the oven racks. The pizzas needed about 10-12 minutes to bake.

I love these "do your own" meals because it feels like I'm not doing the work, everyone gets what they want, and it's just fun to work around each other and discuss kinds of pizza toppings they like. 

We're family, so we already know and love each other, but this can be a great ice breaker for a group of people who don't know each other well. I guarantee they'll start talking!

For more of my "Home Depot" (let your guests make their own) meal ideas click here!

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  1. This sounds like a blast, and I want try it with our crew!

  2. This sounds like a blast. I want to try it with our crew!

    1. We have a lot of fun with our DIY meals. Karen, I learned all about planning way ahead and freezing food from you!

  3. I remember my mom doing this when we were young...and I like to surprise guests with it sometimes myself.
    If you're short on time, pita bread (regular- or mini-size) or even tortillas make great crusts!
    Thanks for all you do thro' this site. :)



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