Say that 5 times fast. Last week, Lexi and I hosted a Galentine’s dinner party, which is now my favorite holiday. We hosted it on a Thursday night and were expecting about 12-15 of our favorite galentines. So, we weren’t going to have time once we got off work to cook an elaborate dinner, but didn’t want to skip on homemade delicious-ness.
Obviously, pizza was the answer. Pizza is always the answer.
We decided on a build-your-own personal pizza bar, so people could make the pizzas however they pleased. The pizza bar was also easy to prep throughout the week, so the night of, we had little to do.
Two nights before the party, we:
- made the dough (and these cake balls) – we made two batches of the dough (printable recipe at the bottom!). Normally, one batch will make 4, 10-12″ pizzas. For the personal pizzas, one batch made 8, 6″ pizzas. They were the perfect size!
One night before the party, we prepped all of the toppings, which included:
- caramelized onions (caramelized one large onion for an hour, placed in fridge until ready to use)
- pepperonis (cut into hearts, because nothing says galentines day like heart-shaped salami)
- turkey sausage (we browned it, and placed in the fridge until ready to use)
- leeks (chopped and thoroughly rinsed)
- fresh buffalo mozzarella (torn into pieces)
- parmigiano-reggiano (freshly grated)
- goat cheese
- crushed san marzano tomatoes
- fresh basil
- other topping ideas: prosciutto + eggs!
An hour and a half before the party, we:
- took the dough out of the fridge to allow to come to room temp
- placed two cookie sheets/pizza stones in the oven
- pre-heated oven to 450 degrees
As guests started to arrive, we placed the toppings in white bowls/platters, and lined them up on the counter. When we started to make the pizzas, we went in rotations of about three people. Guests would grab a bag of dough, hand-stretch it themselves (which was so fun!), and top it with whatever they wanted. We then transferred the pizzas using a pizza peel into the oven for about 10 minutes. Everyone loved it!
This is such a fun way to host a dinner party without stressing about doing all the cooking while your guests are having fun. The variety of toppings leaves everyone with plenty of options for how they want their pizza. Get creative!
- 4 C all-purpose flour
- 1 C bread flour*
- 2 tblsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tblsp. honey
- 2 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. instant yeast
- 1 3/4 - 2 C warm water
- Place all ingredients in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment. Start with 1 3/4 cups of water and add more later if you need extra. (You can also do this in a bowl mixing manually with a wooden spoon – it’ll just take a little extra arm strength).
- Mix all ingredients until just combined.
- Let dough rest for 5 minutes.
- Stir for 3 to 5 minutes (on medium if using an electric mixer), adding more flour or water as necessary. This dough will be a little stickier than normal – it should pull away from the sides of the bowl, but not dry enough to knead by hand.
- Divide dough into eight even balls, and place in lightly oiled freezer bags. If baking within the next two days, place in the fridge. An hour before baking (while you heat your oven), take the dough out of the fridge and allow to come to room temperature. If not baking immediately, place in the freezer (will keep for a month). The night before you want to bake, move the dough from the freezer to the fridge, and allow to come to room temperature for an hour before baking.
- *can use 5 C all-purpose flour if you don't have bread flour.