Homemade: Pizza Party

Our pizza party adventure started on Friday night with a dozen friends, a mountain of ingredients from Trader Joe's, and some good learnings.  We had flour everywhere, sticky dough that didn't want to go from the pizza peel to the the pizza stone, and lots of laughs.  I started out intending to take photos, but with all of the craziness going on it just didn't happen.

Saturday night, with just the two of us, we decided to try again with a different approach.  Instead of heating the pizza stone in the oven at 500 degrees and trying to transfer stubborn dough to the stone in the oven, this time we preheated the oven to 450 degrees and built the pizzas directly on the stone on the counter.  We cooked the pizzas for 15 minutes, and they turned out great!

We started with the Trader Joe's plain pizza dough, rolled it out on the stone and added some pizza sauce.

Next up, shredded mozzarella cheese and mushrooms on half.

Add a pile of proscuitto (cheap in bulk at Costco) and throw in the oven on the pizza stone at 450 degrees for 15 minutes.

Pull out of the oven on the stone, add fresh arugula on top, cut and serve.  Delizioso!

For pizza number two, we started with an olive oil base instead of pizza sauce.  We then added shredded mozzarella cheese,  red onion, and mushrooms on half again.

Then we took a package of Trader Joe's BBQ chicken - found in the refrigerated prepared foods section in a microwave safe container.  It already has the sauce and everything, making it so easy!  Spread the chicken and sauce on top and then bake in the oven on the pizza stone at 450 degrees for 15 minutes.

Fresh out of the oven - and so tasty!

I picked up a 2011 Russian River valley Pinot Noir from Costco on Friday and it paired very nicely with the pizzas.  Have I mentioned how much I love Costco's wine selection?

This approach to making pizzas was quick and painless, with very little prep and cleanup.  Purchasing premade dough BBQ chicken from Trader Joe's definitely made the process quicker, and hopefully this will inspire you to make your own pizzas too!  Thanks for reading!

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