I love watching the Academy Awards, especially the Red Carpet! All those dresses…& the jewelry…OMG. I’ve been doing it for years, ever since Medical School, when my roommate owned a television, and we actually had time during our third year to even watch it. We always threw a pizza party. Back then, no one had any money, so we had potlucks. For our annual Academy Awards Pizza Party, we would go to our favorite pizza place, buy dough at a dollar per pound, then have our friends bring different toppings. We would make pizzas, watch the Academy Awards, & have a blast.
That tradition has continued over the years. Before Émilie had any interest in the Red Carpet & Academy Awards, we would invite friends to come over for the evening, and what did we do for dinner? We had a pizza party, of course. Over the last few years, Émilie has really enjoyed watching it, and now we invite her friends for the evening and we eat…PIZZA. We also start early to see as much of the Red Carpet as possible…I want to see those gowns!
Have you ever hosted a pizza party? It’s easier than you think. What I do is provide the pizza dough…about 4-6 for a group of 8, as guys will eat more than gals, and it’s great to have leftovers the next day if not all the pizza is eaten. Pizza dough…whethers it’s white, whole wheat or gluten-free…is now readily available in almost every grocery store these days. I prefer to buy the dough because I do not have time to make everything…again, entertaining must be easy! I also like to provide various sauces & cheeses…& some specialty toppings…while I have everyone bring 2 or 3 more traditional toppings…I usually assign to each person/couple which toppings to bring, as I don’t want everyone showing up with pepperoni. We need a little variety…because that’s where the creativity comes in! I invested years ago in small glass prep bowls from Williams-Sonoma & I set these on my prep table…we fill the bowls with the different toppings so everyone has access to everything…& we go to town! It’s amazing to see what people create…here are 4 of my favorites 😋…
&…of course, Pepperoni Pizza…because, who doesn’t love this?
Now for a few Pearls…
Turn up the heat. You want the oven temp as high as it will go to attain that pizzeria crust
flavor…trust me. A few months ago, I read a blog on the correct temperature from The Kitchn, & it
transformed my pizza-making skills…check it out.
2. Buy a couple of rectangular pizza stones. This is key for a delicious crust. The stones will
become stained & messy…they’re supposed to…have you ever seen the inside of a restaurant pizza
oven? I rest my case.
3. Do not be afraid to experiment. That’s half the fun! I like to scour my pantry for toppings that
seem weird at first, but once you start combining flavors, you will be amazed at what can be created.
4. Serve smaller servings. I like to serve smaller wedges so everyone can taste the various pizzas. I
can usually get about 8 or more wedges out of each pizza…depending on your crowd, that allows
nearly everyone to have a taste…it’s almost like having a tapas party!
I also like to have a couple of appetizers available so everyone can nosh on a little something while the pizzas are being made…
…& Bacon Wrapped Shrimp with Cilantro Pesto will be served while we watch the Red Carpet! I am on a bit of a cilantro kick these days. Wrap the shrimp ahead of time…make the pesto a day in advance…the hummus can be made a day in advance as well…the avocado will not oxidize and turn brown…serve with your favorite dippables…
…while you sip on bubbles! I must admit that Champagne & Prosecco are my favorites, especially when watching the Academy Awards! For fun, I like to rim Champagne flutes with gold sugar. I give the kids filmed flutes as well & serve their favorite juices in them with pretty straws.
Have a great weekend! Be sure to invite some friends over tomorrow night, pick up some pizza dough, get your ingredients & have fun throwing a pizza party! Your friends will thank you. Cheers!