16 Recipes to Make Tonight a Pizza Party

September 11, 2015

Sometimes you want to eat dinner with your hands—and what better way to do it than with pizza, on a Friday night, with a group of friends reaching in for a slice of the good stuff?

Make a batch of dough before your friends arrive so that it has time to rise (or pick up some premade dough from the grocery store), prep your sauces, and lay out the toppings so that when the oven is hot, everyone can pick and choose what they want on their side of the pizza.

Tonight, we're channeling our inner pizzaiolos (with a big glass of red in hand). Here are 16 recipes to help you get your homemade pies just right:

Start with the dough:

Jim Lahey's No-Knead Pizza Dough + Margherita Pizza by Genius Recipes (if you have 18 hours—that is, if you're planning ahead)

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Jim Lahey


Homemade Pizza Dough by amber wilson | for the love of the south

Pizza dough

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Lots and lots of sauce, please:

White Pizza with Ricotta, Yogurt, Tomatoes, and Basil by Posie Harwood

White Pizza


Pesto alla Genovese by Emiko



Marcella Hazan's Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter by Genius Recipes

Marcella Hazan


Major toppings inspiration (for borrowing or adapting):

Asparagus and Arugula Pizza with Vegan Pesto by Gena Hamshaw



Glazed Shallot, Walnut, Sage, and Goat Cheese Pizza by creamtea


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Roberta's Pizza with Guanciale and Egg by fiveandspice



Zucchini Pizza with Olive Vinaigrette by CarolineWright



Barbecue Chicken Pizza by thirschfeld

Barbecue chicken 


Za'atar Carrot and Leek Flatbread with Almonds and Fennel Salad by Laura Wright | The First Mess



Speck + Arugula Pizza by CarolineWright

Speck and Arugula


Broccoli Rabe, Potato, and Rosemary Pizza by TasteFood



Pantry Pissaladière by Nicholas Day



Cacio e Pepe Pizza with Roasted Radishes by fiveandspice

Cacio e Pepe


White Clam Pizza by mrslarkin

White Clam

What's your pizza night speciality? Tell us your best topping combinations (or tricks for crispy, crispy crusts) in the comments.

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Ella C. May 21, 2018
This is amazing. Thank you for sharing.
Sue B. September 30, 2015
I have tried a lot of pizza doughs & Michael Ruhlman is by far my favorite. I use red russian heirloom kale as a topping before baking to give it the green & burratta gives it a creaminess. Carmelizing red or yellow onions gives great flavor, roasted peaches with Italian sausage or some form of bacon is my favorite.
Dael September 30, 2015
Saturday night is pizza night at our house. Home made dough brushed with olive oil, liberally spread with sour cream and fresh chopped garlic; sliced sweet onions, chopped bacon, dollops of brie and shavings of parmesan. A few fresh tomato slices. Sprinkle with more shaved parmesan when it comes out of the oven and chopped fresh oregano or basil. Very yum!
DragonFly September 30, 2015
I received a beautiful pizza stone from my sister and on Sunday I made pizza dough for the first time and topped it with fresh mozzarella, mushrooms tomato, onion and peppers. It was delicious, I will definitely use some of these recipes for next time!
Diane E. September 30, 2015
I always make white pizza. Pesto, garlic, spinach, mushroom, and of course a mountain of cheeses!
Rebecca September 16, 2015
They all look great! I also love Pizza Capricciosa with ham and mushrooms...I ate it at the Barilla Restaurant in NYC and I think the recipe is very easy! http://barillarestaurants.com/pizza/capricciosa
Bethany C. September 13, 2015
I made pizza this weekend as well. I used tomatoes from the garden and roasted them for the sauce!
kimikoftokyo September 13, 2015
We make prosciutto and olive pizza or bison or lamb pizza. I buy the dough from whole foods and either make sauce or find one and tweek it.
Bella B. September 12, 2015
The zucchini pizza looks so good!

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