Pizza & Girlfriends

Summer is all about lakehouses, girlfriends, and delicious food.  Last June, I created this "Pizza Party" menu to show my students how simple it was to make fresh pizza from scratch.  Fast forward one year -- I was thrilled to bring this menu back to celebrate with a bachelorette party! Toasted Parmesan Zucchini, Homemade Pizza Dough, Paula's Pizza Sauce, White Sauce, Pizza Margherita, Prosciutto & Arugula White Pizza, and Cannoli Pizza make for a yummy evening.  

My red pizza sauce was the base of the evening so that was the first recipe!  I briefly talked about my favorite style and brands of canned tomatoes.  There is no reason to buy pizza sauce in a jar -- my recipe is just too tasty and easy!

Zucchini is a great summer vegetable.  Add some olive oil, a blend of fresh bread crumbs with seasonings, and parmesan cheese.  Bake at a high heat and serve with warm pizza sauce for a guilt-free appetizer.  Feeling adventurous?  Substitute eggplant for the zucchini.

We had to have our priorities in order...so naturally we started dessert.  First, save yourself a step and thaw a refrigerated pie crust.  Roll, prick, and bake! My cannoli filling recipe was inspired by my days working in an authentic Italian restaurant in San Diego.  Simple ingredients combine for a fluffy, sweet topping.  Plus -- a little later we added (wait for it) ... Nutella!  Miniature chocolate chips are also a must!

My favorite trick is homemade pizza dough...in a food processor!  You guys, it doesn't get any easier than this!  I started one batch so my students could see how it rises.  The Margherita Pizza comes together in a snap: red pizza sauce, fresh mozzarella, and chiffonade basil.  

Pizza number two?  A divine Prosciutto and Arugula Pizza with a homemade vinaigrette, blend of cheeses, prosciutto...paired with my pizza dough.

Don't forget -- we still had Cannoli Pizza!  A sweet treat for sure!  Thank you ladies for celebrating with Crème de la Crème.  It was a pleasure having you in the kitchen!  Cheers! XOXO Paula