Are you looking for a frugal way to feed a crowd or army? I’m convinced homemade pizza is a delicious, easy and cost effective way to host a huge crowd. We recently hosted 28 people with 6 pizzas. Homemade pizza is not only healthier, but it’s a cool way to offer many options and wow your guests. In fact, my sister-in-law asked where we ordered our pizza from while she was eating it.
Here are some friendly tips for your next pizza party whether big or small:
1. Calculate the number of pizzas you need by averaging 2 slices per adult. Multiply the number of adults times the number of slices needed. There’s an average of 10 slices in each large pizza. Divide the number of slices needed by 10 and that’s the number of pizzas you need. Always go over and not under because everyone loves homemade pizza and leftovers are freezable. i.e. 28 adults times 2 equals 56 slices divided by 10 equals more than five pizzas. Five and a half pizzas which is two of my three pie kits Easy with leftovers.
2. Prepare an easy homemade crust (I always use my no-rise whole wheat crust made with half white whole wheat and half unbleached)
4. Use a great tasting pizza sauce (I always make my frugal pizza sauce made from tomato paste on the whim
5. Bake pizzas using both racks (I use my oven like it were a conventional, but I watch the top pizzas closely toward the end and bake the bottom ones longer if necessary)
6. Extra toppings mean longer baking time (add about five extra minutes to the baking time when you’ve loaded your pizza with lots of toppings; it’s worth the wait)
7. Lay a piece of foil across the cheese if it is browning too quickly and the middle is not done.