Girls Night Pizza

If I’ve learned anything about life during my six years in grad school, it is the importance of balancing work, school, and life. I always look forward to girls night. A few weeks ago, Shannon, Kaitlin, Abby, and I got together to relax, fellowship, and recharge. The evening centered around good conversation, silly YouTube videos, and, of course, delicious food.

I was trying to think of something fun, moderately healthy, and delicious for dinner. I landed on top your own pizza night. I asked Artie to pick up toppings and pre-made pizza dough from Publix that afternoon. When I arrived home, I was surprised to find he had prepared homemade pizza dough. Turns out it was more affordable, healthier, and relatively easy.

When the girls showed up for dinner, Artie rolled out four individual pizzas and we got to work decorating them with deliciousness from a toppings bar.

Toppings included sauce and cheese (of course) plus broccoli, mushrooms, chicken sausage, sweet bell pepper, Cubanelle peppers, sautéed eggplant, spinach, and black olives.

The only downside is that our oven could only cook two pizzas at a time. If I did this again, I would make the mini pizzas smaller so that two could cook on each baking sheet allowing four pizzas to be cooked at once instead of two. We had plenty to talk about though, so no one really minded the wait.

The end result was delicious. The crust was thin but tender and the veggie toppings were plentiful. While these were supposed to be individual pizzas, they were still too large for one serving so as a bonus, everyone went home with half of a mini pizza.

All in all, I would say top-your-own pizza night was a success. Hopefully Artie can share the pizza dough recipe on the blog soon. The end result was yummy, fun to make, and more or less healthy.