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Old 06-28-2012, 12:43 AM
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Old 06-28-2012, 05:49 PM
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The problem isn't how long the guests stay and how long the pizza cooking takes, it's (1)how long the oven is at pizza temp. You'd have to stop once in a while and reheat the floor and all. And...the other problem (#2)is people who think they're helping....We had 4 guests over recently, 3 of whom we hadn't met before, but we knew they were coming, (well, sort of, I uh, um had put them on the calendar for Saturday and when they called on Friday for directions, and were enroute, it was a bit of a race to get the dough and the oven ready, but that's another story..) Okay, so we get the stuff together, strangely enough the dough worked out quite well, for not having lots of time to rise, and I demonstrated the first pizza making and cooking technique. It worked beautifully! Was a PERFECT pizza, if I do say so myself. Here's what happened next... Male guest, "My grandmother was full Italian" says, I know what to do. Rolls out the dough and sticks it really good to the counter, no matter how many times I said he needed to add corn meal, and what he did add was kneaded into the dough! Then he puts too much topping on and when I tried to slide the peel under it, well, you know what happened. It was a mess, I tried to patch the holes, and managed to pretty well mangle the dumb thing. His response "Don't be embarrassed, I'm sure you'll get the hang of it soon", of course it became something of a calzone in the oven, scattering toppings ALL over the place, again he says "That's okay, I know you'll do better next time." Sigh. Then we had to wait ages for the goo to burn off to put in pizza #3. Seriously, make them yourself and save the make-your-own for a smaller party. Really smaller party. Or have them make the pizzas on trays and just cook them that way. You will save yourself a tremendous headache.
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Old 06-28-2012, 07:06 PM
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I hosted a memorial day party with a lot of people. Since I wanted to get everyone involved I let them make their own pizzas, even the kids. Everyone had a fantastic time. I ended up cooking 42 pies.

I pre-baked the dough the day before. Then everyone just grabbed a pie crust and built their pies. They then brought them to me and I did all the cooking. By pre-baking the crusts I did not have to worry about how they piled it on, or if they tore the thin uncooked crust, because it was already partially cooked and not so fragile.
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Now there's a solution! Jaronimo, you are brilliant. Definately doing that next party!
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Old 06-28-2012, 07:57 PM
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Now that's a solution! Brilliant, Jeronimo! I'm definately doing that next party. One question, how did you keep the dough from puffing up like crazy without the toppings on it?
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Old 06-28-2012, 08:19 PM
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I didn't fully cook it, which will let it puff up. I only partialy cooked it. Just enough to hold its shape and enough to get rid of any stickyness.
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Old 06-28-2012, 08:37 PM
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I didn't fully cook it, which will let it puff up. I only partialy cooked it. Just enough to hold its shape and enough to get rid of any stickyness.
That is clever. Were you able to just stack the crusts and put them into the fridge? This is one of those epiphany moments - solves a ton of issues.

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I pre-baked the dough the day before.
Blerk, sounds disgusting.
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Old 06-29-2012, 03:14 AM
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Yes, you can stack and refrigerate them. I even tested them by freezing them.

Taste and texture was almost the same when they were cooked as compared to doing them the regular way. Try it out side by side and see what you think.
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Old 06-29-2012, 04:08 AM
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If I'm doing a large party (more than 40) I sometimes buy the partially cooked bases from a wholesale catering supplier. They come frozen and make the preparation much easier. They are not as good as a fresh base, but not bad. I sometimes do half fresh and half pre cooked. It allows you to always have one ready to throw in the oven.
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