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The Sleepover Solution: Build Your Own Pizza Bar

The giggling still echoes in my ears.  Four thirteen-year-old girls can make a lot of noise.  And apparently require almost no sleep.  In any case I know one thing:  A key element of a successful sleepover is the food.  The build your own pizza bar is one we’ve done a couple times and it’s always a rousing success.  Not only is it delicious, but it’s also a fun activity for the kids, no matter what age they are.

While this is perfect kid food, I’ve been known to do this with my grown up friends too.  Everybody gets just what they like, and it’s great if you have a group that includes vegetarians, or others on a special diet.  I love to use the little ciabatta rolls, or a french baguette cut into pieces. If you have gluten-free or low-carb folks in your group you can use gluten free buns, stuff toppings in a pepper half or toss with salad greens for a pizza salad.

We followed up with Frost Your Own Cupcakes for dessert. Yum!

Our masterpieces!

Our masterpieces!

Build Your Own Pizzas

Ciabatta rolls or French baguette, cut into 3-4″ pieces.
Pizza sauce
Pesto (I like to offer an alternative to tomato sauce in case of allergies, etc.)
Mozzarella
Assorted pizza toppings of your choice.  We used:
Banana pepper rings
Sliced red & yellow peppers
Pepperoni
Olives

The pizza bar.  It can be simple or elaborate.  Basic or gourmet.  It's up to you!

The pizza bar. It can be simple or elaborate. Basic or gourmet. It’s up to you!

Put all the ingredients out, make sure you have plenty of utensils for spreading and scooping ingredients.  Have everybody wash their hands first and then make their own pizzas.  Preheat the oven to 400˚.  Lay out a baking sheet or two on which to place the finished masterpieces.  I always recommend they put some sort of marker on their pizzas so they will know which ones are theirs, or just remember where they put it.

Bake for 8-10 minutes, until the cheese is melted and starting to brown on top.  Remove from oven and let cool a minute or so.  Clear out while the hungry horde descends.

 

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Project Veggie: Day 24 – French Bread Pesto Pizza

Whoever said there is no such thing as bad pizza or bad sex was clearly an idiot. I’ve had horrible pizza. As for the sex…well, this isn’t that kind of blog.

I think most delivery pizza is pretty gross. Mostly because I prefer mine right out of the oven, with a decent crust, gooey, melty, crunchy, and so hot it burns the roof of your mouth if you eat it too fast. By the time you get a pizza delivered to your door, it may be okay, but it’s not going to be hot and crunchy. It will more likely be a little soggy, and lot greasy and while adequate and even tasty, not anything like what you would get at your neighborhood pizza parlor made to order. And not as good as you could make at home.

I occasionally make or buy dough for pizza crust, but my favorite (and fastest) way to make pizza at home is to use french bread. I like the crunchy baguettes, split in half and then chopped into hand held portions. Simple, fresh ingredients are my favorite toppings. You can buy decent canned sauce at the store, but more often I just use fresh pesto or chopped tomatoes, or both. These are fun for kids or company since you can easily do a “build your own” pizza bar. Set out a variety of toppings, let everybody make their masterpiece, put them all on a cookie sheet and bake.

French Bread Pesto Pizza

French Bread Pesto Pizza

French or sourdough baguette
Pesto
Mozzarella – shredded or cut into small chunks
Grape tomatoes, chopped
Black olives, chopped
Banana peppers

Spread pesto on the french bread, top with tomatoes, cheese and other toppings. Bake at 400˚ for 10 minutes or so.

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