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Love at First Bite – A Pizza Party Menu

pizza party menu

Hosting a dinner party can be tricky if some of your guests are bringing young children. I don’t know about your kids but mine and extremely picky and I have a hard enough time figuring out what to serve them, let alone when we go to a friend’s house for dinner. Pizza is my go-to food when we have families coming for dinner. You can make super simple pizzas for the kids, and creative delicious pizza creations for the adults. Not only am I going to give you an easy pizza party menu for a crowd, but I’m sharing my absolute favorite no-knead pizza crust recipe.


The Crust


Oh this pizza crust recipe is going to change your life. The original recipe is from Nick Maglieri, who in my opinion is a baking god. This particular recipe comes from his book “Bake”, and is no-knead, so easy, and so good. Without further ado, here it is:


Super Easy No-Knead Pizza Dough Recipe – adapted from Nick Maglieri

Makes 2 large pizzas, serves 8



  • 5 cups all-purpose flour (you can swap out some or all of this for whole wheat, the crust will be a bit tougher but still delicious)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 21/2 cups warm water (about 110 degrees F)
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided



In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and salt. In a small bowl whisk the yeast into the warm water, the yeast doesn’t need to be completely dissolved. As long as the water isn’t too hot your dough will rise, it just does it quicker when you use warm water, dough will even rise in the refrigerator, albeit quite slowly. Whisk in 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Add the liquid to the dry and mix together with a spatula until all the flour is absorbed. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for approximately one hour or longer, or until doubled in size.

Approximately 10-15 minutes before you’re ready to bake your pizzas set your oven temp to 500 degrees F and put a rack on the lowest level. On a pizza pan or baking sheet spread about 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil on the pan. Take half of the pizza dough and place it on the pan, then flip it over (this oils the side you’re going to spread and keeps your hands from sticking).

Using your hands spread out the pizza dough to fill the pan. This dough is very elastic and you’ll have to work at it a bit to get it covering the pan. Once it’s spread out add your toppings. Bake for 10 minutes, let sit for 3-5 before slicing.

This recipe can be halved or doubled (tripled, quadrupled, you get the idea). If you’re doubling it you may want to use another mixing bowl since the dough can rise quite high.


Topping and Combination Ideas


pizza toppings


The topping combinations you can put on a pizza are endless. If we’re making pizzas for a crowd we usually make a couple large kid’s pizzas (sauce and mozzarella), and several smaller adult’s pizza so we can try out some unusual combinations. Any of the pizzas below can be made vegetarian, just omit the meat. Just add tempeh or tofu in its place. Here are just a few of the many pizza topping and combination ideas you can try:


Thai Chicken Pizza

Love Thai food? You’re going to love this pizza. Don’t’ worry about making a Thai curry sauce from scratch, there are plenty of delicious bottled sauces at your local market. I cook up the chicken in a cast iron pan, then add the curry sauce and let it cook down until the sauce has reduced to a thicker consistency. Add the green onions, cilantro, and peanuts after the pizza comes out of the oven.

  • chicken breast
  • Thai curry sauce (we used the red Thai curry simmering sauce from Trader Joe’s. Amazing)
  • julienne carrots
  • peanuts
  • cilantro
  • green onions
  • mozzarella


Tikka Masala or Butter Chicken Pizza

This is my personal favorite. If you have a Costco membership their butter chicken sauce is delightful, next best thing to authentic. Otherwise there are plenty of sauce to choose from at well-stocked grocery stores.

  • chicken breast
  • curry sauce
  • cilantro
  • green onions
  • cherry tomatoes, halved
  • smoked cheddar or mozzarella


Margherita Pizza

This is a simple pizza that even kids might like (I stress might)

  • cherry tomatoes, halved
  • pizza sauce
  • mozzarella (fresh or shredded)
  • fresh basil (you can add this before or after the pizza comes out of the oven)


Greek Pizza

Creamy, salty feta makes this one a hit.

  • pizza sauce or marinara sauce
  • feta
  • olives, sliced
  • baby spinach
  • roasted red peppers – to roast your own: set your oven on high broil. Line a baking sheet with foil and cut peppers into quarters, lengthwise. Place skin side up on the baking sheet and broil for approximately 2-5 minutes, until the skin is charred. Keep a close eye, this happens fast. Once done put the peppers in a small bowl and seal with a lid or use the foil from the baking sheet. Wait 10 minutes, then peel the skin off. Letting them steam in a sealed bowl will help make it much easier to get the skin off)
  • cherry tomatoes, halved
  • thinly sliced red onion
  • dried oregano
  • mozzarella

You can also swap out the pizza or marinara sauce for pesto sauce, not Greek, but oh so good.


Mexican Pizza

This is another favorite, and a great idea for leftover taco filling. Cook the meat, then add the tomato sauce and spices and cook the sauce down before adding to the pizza

  • ground beef, turkey, or chicken
  • taco spice mix (or just use chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, and salt to taste (we add tablespoons of each but that’s probably a bit much if you’re sharing this pizza with kids)
  • tomato sauce
  • diced onions
  • cheddar
  • shredded lettuce (add after the pizza comes out), for a little something extra use arugula instead of lettuce

These are just a few of our favorite pizzas. I don’t include amounts of the toppings because really, anyone can see how much to add to a pizza. You may like your pizzas loaded or sparse, it up to you!

I would love to hear what your favorite pizza toppings are, if you would like to share please leave a comment below!

4 thoughts on “Love at First Bite – A Pizza Party Menu

  1. Okay, I’m hungry now. All of these recipes look incredible and fairly easy to make. Thanks so much for the info! OH, and my favorite pizza toppings are definitely green peppers and I love Hawaiian pizza, so ham & pineapple 🙂

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