A Winning Dinner Party Menu

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We are all friends here, right? Since we are friends, I would like to come clean with you. I’m an introvert. It’s ridiculously easy for me to turn down a night out with friends or an invite anywhere else. If I’m being honest though, I don’t want to be that way. When I get an invite, what I really want to say is “heck, yes!”. The fact is, I genuinely do love spending time with my friends and family and I do not want them to stop inviting me, so I say yes to these invites about half the time. Now that my introverted nature has been exposed, I will say that I am very comfortable in my home (of course) so it is in my home that my more social side comes out. I actually love throwing a good dinner party!

Despite my lack of love for going out on the town, I have actually managed to develop friendships with an eclectic group of people. This often means that I need to plan out my dinner party menus quite carefully. I have hunter friends that are meat and potato people, gluten-free friends, low-carb friends, vegan friends and those who avoid all things dairy. On the days that I invite many people over, I like to have a variety of foods available to them.

So, what do you serve when you are feeding a crowd? I have discovered the hands-down best meal for these types of dinner parties. Pizza! I literally don’t know that I have ever met anyone like didn’t like pizza. The great thing about pizza is how versatile it is and how many different ways you can prepare it. I can make a vegan pizza, a low carb pizza or a meat and cheese loving pizza. Seriously my friends, you cannot go wrong with pizza as a dinner party feature.

Just to be clear though, I am talking about homemade pizza. Not the cheap takeout or delivery that you have on speed dial. I mean some real, delicious, homemade pizza that will have your friends and family asking for the recipe! This week I have invited my friends that happen to be vegan to our home for dinner and I plan to make several pizzas to accommodate their diet and mine and I am really looking forward to the results.

In case you are curious, here are some of the pizza recipes I am planning to try this week! I love having a good selection for my guests, and if end up with extras, all the better! Who doesn’t love leftover pizza, am I right?

For the basic pizzas that will be on the menu, I will definitely be using this fresh tomato sauce recipe that we have posted here on Sassafrass.

I will be trying this pompeii pizza for my vegan friends. I think I will definitely be sneaking a bite though, this looks like authentic italian food at its finest. For the dough, I’m going to switch it up a bit and will be using this Vegan Flatbread from Veganosity.

For my gluten free option, I will be making this Margherita Pizza from My Heavenly Recipes, made with this Magic Mozzarella Dough from All Day I Dream about Food, which I hear is amazing, by the way.

If you are ready say goodbye to delivery, or you simply want to make an excellent pizza at home for a dinner party or a special occasion, you definitely need to invest in a pizza stone. Here at Sassafrass we have some incredible ones to choose from, but this week, I am going to focus on two of favorites, both of which are available to buy here on on our website.

15" round superstone® baking stone with rack - our superstone® baking stone duplicates the effects of a professional pizzeria oven. the stone absorbs moisture, creating a crispy pizza crust! the round shape is great for a traditional-style pizza. also try breads, pretzels, cookies, and anything else that uses dough on your superstone®. we're sure you'll think it's "super!". to clean, simply scrub under hot water -- do not use soap. superstone® measures 15" diameter. 16" with the rack. includes recipes.

rectangular superstone® baking stone - our superstone® baking stone replicates the effects of a professional pizzeria oven. the stone absorbs moisture, creating a crispy pizza crust! the rectangular shape is great for a sicilian-style pizza. also great for cookies, pretzels and anything with a dough! to clean, simply scrub under hot water -- do not use soap. superstone® measures 13" wide x 15" long. with rack, it measures 17" long. includes recipes.

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As always, you can find some new pizza recipes by checking out Pinterest (and don’t forget to follow us while you are there).