Monday, July 7, 2014

Yummy Summer: Pizza Party

Our children left for Camp Grammie yesterday, 
so my husband and I celebrated with a Pizza Party on our patio!
Some dear friends came over, no children, and we dined for about 4 hours with uninterrupted conversation!
On the menu:
Traditional Combination Pizza
BBQ Chicken Pizza
Rosemary Potato Pizza
Thai Chicken Pizza

We like to make pizza on the BBQ using a pizza stone.
That way we don't heat up the house and the crust is perfectly crisp!
Last night we thought it would be fun to do mini teasers before each pizza
 to prepare everyone for what was coming.
First up, Salad Bite
A sliver of tomato, slice of cucumber, wrapped in Romaine lettuce and drizzled with a balsamic vinaigrette, all in one small bite!
Can you guess what pizza this preceded?
Traditional Combo

Second mini teaser was a Shot of Potato Salad
This came before our BBQ Chicken Pizza
It's my favorite potato salad recipe, simple, no frills, a hit ever time!
(I don't really follow exact recipes, so play around with it to your liking!  I also like the potatoes to be on the cusp of falling apart, so that the potato salad comes out a little more like mashed potatoes with solid chunks.)

Our third mini teaser was Prosciutto wrapped Asparagus
One small bite of delight!  I blanched the asparagus and wrapped it in prosciutto, then simply drizzled with olive oil, balsamic and fresh cracked pepper.
This came before our Rosemary Potato Pizza.

We saved our favorite pizza for last!
The mini teaser was a tasting spoon of Thai Mango Salad
Thinly sliced fresh mango tossed with lime zest, lime juice, red pepper flakes and a touch of sugar.  I let it marinade for a few hours and served it cold, topped with a cilantro leaf.
(this would be over the top with a few crushed peanuts mixed in)
A cool treat that came before the Thai Chicken Pizza.

It was a beautiful evening with great friends, wonderful conversation and a fun food experience!
How are you enjoying some "grown up" time with friends this Summer?
How about a little Pizza Party on the patio?

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