Last Friday, I took advantage of the long Easter weekend to receive my whole family (15 people!) To mark the celebration of my Coco. Last year I made a pasta bar where you could customize everything: 3 sauces, several different proteins, a large selection of vegetables to jump, 3 types of pasta and I who struggled to heat everyone’s dish in 3 frying pans at the same time. Phew. In fact, I was so sorry that my sister-in-law came to my rescue. So this is another of my good ideas NOT to be repeated, unless you don’t mind not being part of the party.
So, last Friday I did NOT make a dough bar, but rather a cute little Pizza bar. But then I said to myself “eille the mother, no stress”. So I took a few shortcuts to make it easier for me to eat with the rest of the gang.
Make a pizza bar simple simple simple
The pizza bar requires a little more preparation than a regular meal, but once everything is cut, you receive your guests with two fingers and you eat hot. A big big advantage in my opinion.
So, for my set up, I used my large island (or a folding table) to place all my pizza ingredients there so that everyone can garnish their pizza to their liking. During this time, I collected the ready-to-bake pizzas to place them in a plate.
Don’t forget to tell your guests to put a little something distinctive on their pizza to avoid mixing out of the oven.
We did a batch for the little ones and a second one for the adults, and I found it really perfect. The well-fed children were able to continue playing while we ate our supper quietly.
The basis of my pizza? Nam breads, already baked! That was my best idea. At first, I wanted to let the children play with the piz dough and make pretty sculptures, but Alloooo the mess! I quickly pulled myself together and opted for the nam breads which really make excellent pizzas in addition.
For the garnish, I cut different colored peppers, onions, olives and a few mushrooms. As a protein, I offered bacon, chorizo, chicken and the classic regular pepperoni, but also veggie. I put on the table 3 different types of cheese and my great recipe for homemade pizza sauce. And I say great sauce because it was really a discovery for me. In fact, I was inspired by the conference of my friend Nancy de Cinq Fourchettes to do it myself. Well, easy. You mix tomato paste, diced tomatoes, some spices and that’s it! Your sauce is ready, for a fraction of the price of a store-bought sauce filled with preservative. Anyway, I’ll leave my recipe at the bottom of the article if you’re tempted to try it.
For the pizza sauce recipe:
Simple Simple Simple Pizza Bar
Servings: 4 -5 cups
- 396 ml tomato paste
- 796 ml diced tomatoes without the juice
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 vs. honey soup
- 1/4 vs chili powder tea
- 1 vs. italian spice soup
- Salt and pepper
In a large bowl, combine the tomato paste and diced tomatoes. With a potato stack, mash the tomatoes.
Add 1 minced garlic clove, honey, chili powder, Italian spices and a little salt and pepper.
Taste the mixture and adjust the seasoning to taste.
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