Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Pizza Party - Part 2 Toppings

Pizza is one of my favorite things to eat so I paid special attention to the pizza toppings for our pizza party.  I brought out the best of what I had in my fridge and the stuff I got at the farmers market.  I wanted to have a good mix of toppings for everyone's pizzas so people could create a great variety of pizzas with a good balance of flavors.  I categorized my toppings so you can see how I did it.  I tried to put in 2 to 3 items in each category.

Pizza base


Extra goodies for flavor 

Freshly grated Fontina
Fresh mozzarella

Fresh herbs/greens
Fresh basil
Fresh thyme
Fresh arugula

I almost forgot to mention that I had the tomatoes and garlic roasting in the two ovens while Mat was helping me to caramelize the onions.  Our house smelled divine as my brother in law and his girlfriend joined us.

I also made a garlic, red pepper infused olive oil to brush on the pizza dough before putting the toppings on it.  The olive oil creates a nice golden color on the crust of the pizza dough when it bakes.


1/4 c extra virgin olive oil
4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
Sprinkle of crushed red pepper

Add olive oil, garlic cloves, and crushed red pepper in a small sauce pan.  Simmer on low for 10 minutes 'til the garlic lightly browns.  Do not burn the garlic.

I am posting part 3 tomorrow so stay tuned!

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