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How to Throw a Back Porch Pizza Party

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Who doesn’t love a good pizza party? This well-loved tradition is perfect for everything from large gatherings to intimate date nights. No pizza oven? No problem. We’ll get a little help from some yummy pre-made, stone oven-baked crusts.

Back Porch Stonefire Pizza Party

Set the Scene

This is so not your college sorority pizza fest; you are classy and so is your pizza party. That means pulling out a festive table cloth and actual china — no paper or plastic for you! Set the table ahead of time and don’t forget to decorate with candles and vases of fresh flowers. If your party is being held outdoors, string up some lights or lanterns for when it gets dark.

If you’ve got a big group coming over, go ahead and assign seats; cute, simple place cards are always a sweet touch anyway. And don’t forget to prep some appetizers! We think these gluten free arancini (Italian rice balls) would be the perfect complement to pizza.

Back Porch Stonefire Pizza Party

Make It Special

You want to spend as much time with your guests as possible, and that means not slaving away in the kitchen all night. To make things simpler — but no less tasty — grab up some Stonefire Pizza Crusts. Your guests will love the thick and bready Artisan crust as well as the more traditional Thin crust, and you’ll enjoy not being elbows-deep in dough all evening.

Instead of simply throwing sauce and cheese onto a crust, give your pizza an extra special twist with fresh ingredients and flavors. Why not whip up a batch of pesto to take the place of your sauce? Throw some roasted peppers on top and you have a tantalizing combo! Or, pick up your favorite homemade tomato sauce from a local CSA and top with fresh mozzarella and herbs for farm-fresh flavor.

Put the final touches on your party menu with a nice, big pitcher of sangria and some greens on the side. We love parmesan peas or a salad tossed with balsamic vinaigrette.

Back Porch Stonefire Pizza Party

Red Pepper and Pesto Flatbread Pizza

Ingredients:

  • favorite jarred or homemade pesto
  • roasted red peppers
  • Stonefire Italian Artisan Pizza Crust

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Generously spread pesto onto pizza crust, getting as close to the edges as possible. Top with roasted red peppers.

Place pizza directly onto oven rack. Bake for about 10-12 minutes. Remove and cool for 5 minutes before slicing and serving.

Back Porch Stonefire Pizza Party

Pizza Margherita

Ingredients:

  • favorite tomato sauce
  • fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
  • fresh basil, sage, and rosemary, chopped
  • Stonefire Italian Thing Pizza Crust

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Evenly spread tomato sauce onto pizza crust. Top with sliced fresh mozzarella cheese and sprinkle with chopped herbs.

Place pizza directly onto oven rack. Bake for about 8-10 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Remove and cool for 5 minutes before slicing and serving.

All photos courtesy of author.


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How to Throw a Back Porch Pizza Party

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