Kids help with dinner. Minimal cleanup. And fun… on a weeknight? Plan a pizza party! The best part – each person gets their own pizza just the way they like it.
Step 1: The dough. Of course you could prep the dough in advance: freeze balls of dough in individual servings, or parbake rounds for when you’re ready to use them. Or… you can make it simpler and buy something premade! My preference for personal pizzas is actually bagels, or as used here, English muffins.
Step 2: The sauce. A canned or jarred pizza sauce makes it simple. But don’t rule out leftover Alfredo sauce, barbecue sauce or even infused olive oil! Put your sauces in bowls with spoons so your family can put on the amount of sauce they want (and have some leftover for dipping).
Step 3: The cheese. Pick up a convenient Italian-cheese blend. No need to stop there though; try gouda, feta or any other favorite cheese!
Step 4: The toppings. This is the fun part! And you really have no limits. I couldn’t resist this new mini pepperoni, which I paired traditionally with olives and mushrooms. From roasted garlic to sun-dried tomatoes and spinach, you can fill little bowls or a platter with the toppings of your choice. (This is such a great way to use leftovers! Save that little bit of chicken or canned pineapple; it’s probably just enough for a mini-pizza or two!)
Step 5: Bake it! Follow the instructions for any homemade or store-bought crust. For bagels and muffins, I like to toast them plain for just a minute to give it some “crunch,” but of course, make it to your preference. Once you pile on your toppings, bake in a toaster oven or under the broiler of your oven for just a few minutes, till the cheese is melted.
If you didn’t get enough veggies on your pizza, pair it with a salad. Try a tasty homemade buttermilk ranch dressing.
Don’t let the pizza theme evaporate with dinner – try a dessert pizza! Search and you’ll find dozens of appetizing recipe ideas and photos. I’m partial to this fruit pizza simply made with refrigerated cookie dough, frozen whipped topping and fruits!
Now, thanks to a few special toys on our website, you can have a pizza party anytime.
One of many unbelievably cute play food sets from Melissa & Doug is the aptly named Pizza Party Play Set! Just like making a real pizza, you can pile on the toppings and share a piece with each member of the family.
Now while you wouldn’t want to do this with a regular pizza, it’s the point of the Poppa’s Pizza Pile-up Game! Test your balance and see how many toppings you can add without the pizza tipping over. The game is for ages 4 and up, and for 2-4 players.
Finally, serve up a mini-pizza party with the Kitchen Littles Pizza Time Set!
Overall, this is a fun and easy way to fit some FUN in during a busy week of school and work, and let your kids get involved in the kitchen. In what ways do you make mealtime fun? We’d love it if you shared your ideas with us!