Teen Party Eats: How to Plan a DIY Pizza Bar

For low-cost, teen party food that’s fun to make and great to eat, a do-it-yourself pizza bar is a terrific way to feed a crowd for a budget price. With a pizza bar, teens can assemble their own custom pizzas and bake them to order at a fraction of the price of takeout.

Are you interested in having pizza bar for your teen’s next party? Or are you Looking for music casino-parties events in Denver? Here’s a simple way that your teens and their friends can make pizza at home.

Preparing the dough

Pizza purists enjoy making their own pizza dough from scratch, though a great tasting crust can also be made from Rhodes bake n serve pizza dough. To make, simply let the dough thaw for 2-4 hours, then remove the wrap and roll out on a medium sized pizza pan. Let the dough rest for 10 minutes, then bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes, before adding the toppings.

If Rhodes bake n serve pizza dough isn’t available in your area, pizza crust can also be made using Rhodes frozen dinner rolls. To make dough using this product, simply thaw 12 Rhodes rolls following the instructions. Once thawed, mush the 12 rolls together to form a ball. Roll into a 14″ circle and place on a medium sized pizza pan. Let rest for 10 minutes, then pop in a 400 degree oven for 10 minutes. After baking, the pizza crust is ready for toppings.

No pizza pan? Not to worry! Pizza dough can also be pressed into a cookie sheet and baked using the above instructions.

Pizza sauce

Pizza sauce is the stuff that’s spread over the pizza crust. You can use canned pizza sauce, or make your own. We use tomato paste applied liberally with the back of a teaspoon, and then sprinkled with garlic powder and dried basil or oregano. One 6 ounce can of tomato paste will yield enough sauce for one 15″ pizza.

Cheese

After the sauce, comes the cheese toppings. The best cheese topping for DIY pizzas is a combination of mozzarella and monterey jack cheeses that have been shredded together. We shred the cheese ahead of time, and set it out in a covered plastic bowl to be used at the party.

Assembling the pizza bar

Part of the fun of making your own pizzas is adding your very own toppings. Before the party, chop an assortment of toppings and store them in separate containers that can be set out at the pizza bar.

Topping ideas can include one or more of the following:

  • sliced olives
  • diced green or red peppers
  • sliced onions
  • sliced tomatoes
  • sliced mushrooms
  • fresh basil
  • pineapple tidbits
  • sliced pepperoni
  • Canadian bacon
  • cooked  amp; drained Italian sausage

Popular combinations include all meats, Canadian bacon and pineapple, all vegetable, or all of the above for a super combination pizza.

Baking the pizza

Once the toppings have been added to the pizza crust, the pizza can be baked at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly.

To serve, slice into equal pieces using a pizza cutter or a sharp knife.

Pizza dough from scratch

For families on a budget or those who prefer the real deal when it comes to pizza crust, crust can be made from scratch using these ingredients and the following instructions:

  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • pinch of sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 1/2 – 3 cups all purpose flour.

Dissolve yeast in warm water in warmed bowl, adding a pinch of sugar to “proof” the yeast. Add one cup of flour, and mix using the low speed of a hand mixer. By hand, stir in remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time, beating until dough is stiff and can no longer be stirred by hand.

Pour dough onto a generously floured surface, kneading until dough is soft and elastic, but not sticky.

Place in greased bowl, turning to grease the top. Cover with a cloth, and let rise until doubled in size, about one hour. Punch down dough, and roll into a 16″ circle. Place on greased pizza pan, let rise 1/2 hour before adding your choice of toppings.