“Easy As Pie” Pizza BBQ – “Think Out Of The Box” Party Idea!
Hey Mom, here is a simple and special party idea just for you and it won’t put stress on you or your wallet, Ready?
Think out of the box and celebrate the warmer weather with a “Make Your Own” Pizza BBQ that’s all about ease and simplicity. Invite your guests to become Pizzaiolos for the day, as they create and grill their own pizzas. Turn your grill into a pizza oven, shopping the local produce market for farm fresh fruit and vegetables for toppings, and transforming your backyard into an alfresco neighborhood pizza parlor.
1. Purchase pizza dough from your local pizzeria. Although they don’t advertise it, many pizzerias will sell it to you by the pound if you ask. Making pizza dough for a crowd is labor intensive, so save your self the work.
2. Hot grills work the best with pizza – just like the coal-fired ovens in NYC. Make sure you have enough propane, charcoal, lighter fluid or whatever else you may need to keep the grill going.
3. When grilling pizza, use a well-oiled grill topper to cook the dough. Watch it carefully as it cooks, as it can burn quickly. You may want to test a few small pieces of dough and adjust the heat accordingly.
4. Cook the dough first, then add toppings, and heat through on the grill.
5. Hit the produce stands and by a variety of fresh produce, including herbs for your grilled pizza.
6. Use muffin tins to keep the toppings organized. You can cut everything ahead of time and store in the fridge. When you set them out at the BBQ sit them in a glass Pyrex dish with ice to keep it cold.
7. Use a tablespoon to put pizza sauce on the pizza; it will keep you from overloading the pizza with sauce and making it soggy.
8. Don’t overdo the toppings. If the toppings are too heavy, the pizza will not heat through in a reasonable time and the dough may burn. Turn down the grill to low and close the cover of the grill to adequately heat toppings.
9. Always put fresh basil and arugula on after the pizza is cooked.
10. Plum tomatoes are perfect for pizza; they are not too watery and they keep their shape. If you use another variety, make sure you cut them well in advance and let them drain.
11. Cook all the meat ahead of time and anything else that will take longer to cook than the dough. You may choose to grill some veggies in advance for toppings.
12. Use the extra produce you buy for the pizza toppings to create colorful centerpieces, and add some sunflowers. Cover tables in red checked tablecloths.
13. Serve cool Chianti, your favorite beer (we like Peroni for this party) and pitchers of lemonade. Three choices keep costs down.
14. Use paper products just like the Pizzeria so clean up is a snap.
15. Send guests home with the leftovers in pizza boxes. You can buy them from your local pizzeria.
Consider the Kids
1. Children First! If you are including kids at your party, especially young ones, you need to consider their needs and safety to make sure this party is an experience they too will not forget.
2. Provide children with their own kid’s beverage cooler so they can help themselves to cold drinks. Place their cooler in a separate area far away from the adult beverages.
3. A separate seating area for kids is great and a red checked cloth or festive blanket on the grass makes for a fun picnic pizza party that your youngest guests will love. Best bonus here is that it keeps the table clean and clear for the adults!
4. Remember to warn children about a hot grill. Situate the children’s seating and cooler far from the hot grill.
5. A basket with wet ones will serve as easy clean up after eating gooey pizza. This saves a trip through the house to the powder room.
6. You won’t want this party to end, so plan ahead for the bambini (you know kids!) and provide a movie. As the night goes on, it’s nice to entertain the little ones so that the conversation can continue. Try a Disney Classic like “Lady and the Tramp, set to the music of “when the moon hits your eye like a big-a pizza pie, that’s amore!”