Host a Party Busy Moms – Homemade Pizza Made Easy and Fun

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Host a party busy moms – pizza! As busy mom, I share my tips for hosting a no fuss, easy pizza party where even a busy mom can have fun, the kids will love it and you get the chance to nurture friendships.

Step 1: Invite friends and tell them what to bring that will help
Step 2: Plan your drinks (like wine!)
Step 3: Make or buy the pizza dough (see recipe below)
Step 4: Choose your topping, sauces and cheeses
Pizza topping ideas:
Tomato sauce: garlic, onions, fresh mozzarella and basil
Tomato sauce: Parmigiano, caramelized onions and arugula with dressing
White sauce: potato and kale and pecorino
White sauce: yam and chard and gruyere
White sauce: Brussels sprouts, chickpea and blue cheese
Bean sauce: Chorizo, Mexican white cheese and jalapeño
Indian curry: any curry, onions and gruyere

Day of the Party
Step 1: Take out your toppings to let them warm up
Step 2: Cool your house down (the oven will heat it up)
Step 3: Pre-bake your pizza crust
Step 4: Relax, have a glass of wine
Step 5: Invite your guests to help you decorate the pizzas and cook them in the oven until the cheese melts!

Here is my mom’s amazing pizza dough recipe that makes 2 pizza shells/crusts:
3 cups Plain flour
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
2 tsp grated parmesan cheese (optional)
2 Tbsp Plain yogurt (not watery!)
2 tsp olive oil
Yeast mixture:
1 packet Active dry yeast
1 tsp sugar

In a large bowl, put the plain flour and add 1 tsp sugar, 1 tsp salt, 2 tsp grated parmesan cheese, 2 Tbsp Plain yogurt (or cider vinegar)
and 2 tsp olive oil.

In a small bowl, mix
1 packet Active dry yeast
1 tsp sugar
1/2 cup warm water
Wait a few minutes until the mixture bubbles up and froths.

Than add the yeast mixture to the flour mix. Mix well. Add 3/4 cup to 1 cup warm water gradually and knead together the dough. Add the water gradually, so the dough is the right consistency – you may not need all of it.

Add a little more olive oil at the bottom of the dough and keep the bowl covered for about an hour, until the dough rises.

Make sure it is completely airtight (I use cling wrap to seal the bowl and then put a plate on top) and refrigerate the dough for at least a day or up to a few days. The dough should not get dry! The container should have a little room for the dough’s expansion.

If air tight, you can even freeze it for months.

When ready, preheat oven to the highest temperature (550 degrees here). If you have a pizza stone leave it in the oven as it is heating.

Take the dough out, divide into 2 equal size balls. I use one ball at a time and leave the others in the ‘fridge. Cold dough works best. I use semolina flour to roll the dough and make the shell on a pizza tin, which is oiled.

I bake the shell for about two – five minutes and then put the fillings on and bake until the cheese melts. The shells can be pre-baked and sit for a while. That’s it!

I’m Dini Rao, I’ve been hosting wine tastings for the past 20 years and I’m sharing all my best tips so you can host like a pro.

I hope you will host more often and spend more time connecting with friends.I’ve hosted wine tastings for British royalty while at Christie’s auction house, celebrities during my time as a Sommelier and even a private dinner at Julia Child’s house. I want to give you the same confidence and grace I have when hosting.

You don’t need to be an expert, you don’t even need to know about wine. If you are willing to open your home and heart, my tips will give you all you need to enjoy more time with your friends.

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