Everything you need for your own pizza party: a great dough recipe and three tasty toppings.
By Christina Soong-Kroeger
My brother likes buying things.
Like most males, he doesn’t buy a lot of things but when he does shop, he buys big-ticket items. A windsurfer. A vintage electric keyboard or guitar. A top-of-the-range bicycle. A wood-fire pizza oven.
When he and his then flatmates went in for a $1200 wood-fire pizza oven six years ago my parents and I shook our heads. How often would they use it? It was one of those indulgent purchases you make when you are on a good salary and unburdened with the expense of kids or a mortgage.
But then he invited us over for a pizza party and we saw the light.
Yes, the cost per usage ratio is high. Realistically, it only gets an outing a handful of times a year, making the pizzas the most expensive ones we’ve ever eaten.
But on those rare occasions when my brother fires up the wood oven, those invited experience pizza nirvana.
We were lucky enough to experience it a couple of weekends go, when my brother and his wife decided to throw a pre-Christmas pizza party for 60 friends and family.
In the lead up, my heavily pregnant sister in law made 28 pizza bases and all the toppings from scratch. That’s right – from scratch. The fact that she did so with her usual good humour, grace and lack of hysterics just shows you the type of amazing woman she is.
During the party, my brother and his friend Andrew took turns cooking the pizzas and garlic bread.
Here are the results. First up, a Garlic Bread appetizer:
Then, Salami, Cherry Tomatoes, Buffalo Mozzarella and Fresh Basil Pizza:
Followed by Mushrooms Two Ways, Taleggio and Fresh Basil Pizza:
Ham & Pineapple Pizza for the kids:
My favourite to finish: Marinated King Prawns, Spanish Onion, Lemon and Chilli:
Have you every made pizza at home? What are your favourite pizza toppings?Print
Christina publishes The Hungry Australian - a collection of recipes, reviews and stories about food - and is a regular contributor to Sumptuous. Her writing has appeared in the China Daily and That’s Shanghai while her photography regularly appears on Foodgawker, Tasteologie and Photograzing. After eating her way around Shanghai, London, Hong Kong, Leeds and Melbourne, she now calls Adelaide, South Australia, home again.