Photographs by Joanna Han Words by Gail O’Hara and Taylor Stark
Have your friends over for a pizza potluck party! You supply the crusts, and let them bring the toppings. Combine and devour.
Potlucks are a great way to bring the people you love together. Each member is able to contribute something thoughtful to the table. Instead of asking guests to bring a completed dish, let the gathering begin with communal preparation. There is much conversation to be had in the kitchen, so throw on your aprons and bring out the flour.
Begin your potluck endeavors with a pizza party. It’s a simple, interactive dish that encourages each guest to share his or her favorite recipe. As the host, provide the dough for the crust. We suggest if you are going to make it from scratch, prepare the dough ahead of time so that it is ready to roll when everyone arrives. Ask each of your guests to bring enough ingredients to top one pizza. Feel free to serve up some beer to compliment the pies.
We have a few recipe ideas for you to try out if you’re not inspired to create your own masterpiece.
1. Mushroom, Radicchio and Fresh Pepper Sauté chanterelle mushrooms with fresh pepper. Sprinkle fontina cheese over an olive oiled crust. Throw on some radicchio along with the mushrooms and it’s ready for the oven.
2. Goat Cheese, Rosemary, Potato and Fig Cook some purple potatoes in a saucepan with boiling water until soft. Thinly slice the potatoes and add some salt and pepper. Spread some olive oil on the crust and add goat cheese. Place the potatoes on the pizza with fresh figs and rosemary.
3. Meyer Lemon, Brussels Sprouts and Pancetta Combine olive oil, meyer lemon juice, whole-grain mustard, garlic, salt and pepper to make a vinaigrette. Sauté brussels sprout halves and pancetta in this sauce. Top the crust with a Parmesan/mozzarella mixture. Add the sprouts and pancetta. Finish with some lemon slices on top.
4. Fennel, Sausage and Cayenne Pepper Throw chopped sweet onions and sausage in a pan to sauté with salt and pepper. Top the crust with olive oil and ricotta. Add onions, sausage, fresh fennel and a little cayenne pepper to taste.
5. Leek, Red Onion and Calamata Olives Caramelize leeks and red onions. Spread a tomato base or marinara sauce on the crust. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top and add leeks, onions and a few calamata olives.
Don’t feel like making pizza dough from scratch? You can get really good fresh store-bought ones now or you can use spelt English muffins, focaccia with sun-dried tomatoes, baked polenta drenched in Parmesan, olive oil and sea salt or fresh pita bread instead.