My favorite kinds of dinner parties to host are the ones in which I, the hostess, don’t have much work to do. Seems obvious, right? Unfortunately, many of the dinner parties I have attended involve a very stressed out host or hostess who ends up being too busy making arrangements for the party to actually have the opportunity to socialize with his or her guests.
But what if you could throw a dinner party that was easy to plan, had no reason to buy expensive pizza dough, and in which the guests did most of the work? Enter the sweet and savory pizza party.
Priya Krishna is a government and French major at Dallas, TX. She wishes she had the time to plan another sweet and savory pizza party, but unfortunately since it is midterms week, her *extravagant* party for her newspaper staff writers next Friday will probably involve diet soda and copious amounts of pizza.
Sweet and Savory Tortilla Pizzas
Regular-sized tortillas (about 8 inches)
Savory Toppings (my favorites include sun-dried tomatoes, onions, goat cheese, kalamata olives, arugula, feta, parmesan, mozzarella, did I mention I like cheese?)
Sweet Toppings (e.g. nutella, strawberries, bananas, maple syrup, candy, apples — the sky’s the limit here!)
Note: Whenever my mom throws one of these kinds of parties, she likes to jazz up some of the toppings before she serves them to guests. For example, you can caramelize the onions or even macerate the strawberries with some cointreau and sugar.
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
When the guests arrive, drizzle about five pizzas at a time with some olive oil, and stick them in the oven for about five minutes. Once they come out, let the guests add their own toppings, and then stick the pizzas back in the oven for another five minutes.
Do the same with dessert pizzas, except I suggest substituting butter for olive oil. In these cases, some may not even require the oven treatment (read: nutella has a tendency to get really runny when heated for too long).
Some of my favorite savory combinations are arugula and parmesan, rosemary and potato, and caramelized onions, kalamata olives and sun-dried tomatoes. Some delicious sweet ones are nutella and strawberries, banana and honey, and cinnamon apple.