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Old 06-29-2012, 04:30 AM
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Here's a menu and shopping list I use. It is for 20 people so you can adjust accordingly.
Getting guests to make their own is not a good idea if you have about 30 people IMO because they take ages to roll out the dough, causing delayed potential cooking time, They get sauce between the peel and the base, then you have sticking problems. And they pile way too much stuff on in the belief that more is better. If you stick to four simple pizzas and have a couple of assistants your guests can share a piece of this and that as they come out. People end up eating far less that way too. A much healthier and preferable way to eat.
I like the idea of keeping it simple - four pizza's and having a couple of assistants would be great. All the guests are either close family and or great friends. So a very comfortable relaxed atmosphere, with everyone willing to help.
I am leaning towards a demo pie or two so people can have a bite to eat as they wait for their pies. Hoping to show less is more!
Thanks for the great input!
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Old 06-29-2012, 04:35 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.
I will definitely give this a whirl before hand (I still have 8 weeks before party) so a lot of time to experiment!
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Old 06-29-2012, 04:39 AM
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Try this, new file format.
Hi David,
My wife will like this idea a lot, she is a lot more organized than myself. I like the menu idea and she will appreciate the shopping list!
now I will show my ignorance, what is rocket?
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Hi David,
My wife will like this idea a lot, she is a lot more organized than myself. I like the menu idea and she will appreciate the shopping list!
now I will show my ignorance, what is rocket?
Rocket is a kind of peppery lettuce. Quite nice, very trendy, but you could substitute fresh basil or baby spinach. It is added as a garnish as the pizza comes out of the oven prior to cutting. I usually manage the fire, pizza cooking, garnishing and cutting, with an assistant doing the prep. After I cut the pizzas, I slide the metal peel under the pizza then slide it off onto a plate, grab a hovering guest and tell them to share it around, while the rest of the vultures await the next one. This way you are in perfect control and everyone gets a bit now and again rather than having them wait for "their pizza" works well for me, but you'll develop your own style, everyone does.
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Old 06-29-2012, 05:32 AM
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I have had two big parties so far. One big, the other a little smaller. The kids love to make their own pies, the adults will eat what you make for them. I have also done a few get-togethers with under 15 people.

Since many of the kids did not eat the entire pie, we set up another table and the pies went on it. Kind of like a pizza buffet table. At the second party I just started making pies, cutting them, and putting them on that table. People would come past, grab a slice, and walk back to their conversations. If anyone wanted something special, they just let me know. It worked out very well.

I think in the overall picture it was actually less time working for me. When everyone is making their own pies I still have to spend some time fixing toppings so they don't fall off, or having to bump into kids because they have to stand right in front of the oven to see their pizza getting cooked. When I made everything it became an assembly line for me and I was knocking them out pretty quickly.

I think a lot of people like to make their own pie as a novelty. Once they have done it once, they usually don't mind at the second party if I make most of the pies.
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