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Old 06-23-2012, 05:43 PM
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We are planning a large pizza party and would like some help and guidance. It will be our tenth anniversary and we are renewing our vows. When my wife asked if I would like to renew our vows, I turned to her stragiht faced in disbelief and said "I never knew they would expire" Ok it was funny to me...
We would like to know what toppings to have and quantity of each for about 35 people. It will not be a bring your own topping affair. So we need to plan correctly. Any help with this and any other advice on having a large pizza party would be greatly appreciated. Also I am not sure how much of, "make your own pizza", I should leave up to the guests and how much I should/have to under take!
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Old 06-23-2012, 11:50 PM
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Also I am not sure how much of, "make your own pizza", I should leave up to the guests and how much I should/have to under take!
Let them make their own they always enjoy it immensely.

A handful of toppings per guest will be plenty, plus a bit more just in case..
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Old 06-24-2012, 04:45 AM
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Let them make their own they always enjoy it immensely.

A handful of toppings per guest will be plenty, plus a bit more just in case..
I am a little worried on a very thin crust and TOO much toppings making an immediate mess in the oven. Maybe I worry too much
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Old 06-25-2012, 12:44 AM
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Just tell them that less is more when it comes to pizza toppings, besides it all burns off the floor.
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Old 06-25-2012, 01:21 AM
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...... "I never new they expire...."
That's great I like that one.....

If you are worried about pizzas sticking to the oven floor you can always see if you can borrow a stack of pizza trays. They can make them on a tray and cook them on the tray, if there are not too many toppings they can slide them off part of the way through to crisp up the base.
While it not technically as good as cooking on the hearth for the whole cook but it works very well. I often do this when others want to do the cooking.......start them on their learners with a tray.
If it won't slide off the tray half way throught the cook chances are its got a hole through the pizza.

You can always grease up the trays prior with a smear of olive oil and a slight bit of flour, plus the older the.trays the better.......nothing sticks to them then.
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I usually don't let my guests make pizzas because they just pile on the toppings. I do let them cook them, and it really helps to have someone manning the oven while you make pies. I think if you have a trusted friend you can show them how to make. My experience is that a pizza that will not come off the peel or that dumps into a heap into the oven slows down the whole process while you clean up and burn off the mess.
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Al, Damon and Drake,
All good advice from seasoned pizza party veterans. I was thinking about using lighter toppings, maybe some whipped pepperoni, and a little tomato-basil foam. Topped off with...Hmmm how to make cheese light..... is there freeze dried mozz???? ok, I had a couple of glasses of wine tonight.
Although we are still not sure about the amount of toppings to have for thirty five people??? Is a quart of olives too much or not enough. Should I ask for topping preferences, so as not to have too much of one and run out of others???? These are all questions my wife is asking me, of course my answer is - the guys will be fine as long as the drinks keep coming! Hope she misses this post!
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Is a quart of olives too much or not enough.
A quart is fine, if you are feeding an army a couple of small jars will be heaps.
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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.

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because they take ages to roll out the dough, causing delayed potential cooking time,
I have no time limit on my guests, they were invited for the fun of it all not to watch the clock, if the party lasts all night who cares?
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