Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Cooking for a Crowd

We threw a Christmas party the other week and it was feat of logistical genius.  Somehow, we finished our half bath reno, cleaned the house from top to bottom (or hid the dirt), rearranged all the furniture to accommodate a surprisingly high RSVP rate, and made all the food items.  I do not recommend this approach. I think I'm still tired from it all.
The food was much appreciated, but as Mr. Palindrome said, I did not "account for economies of scale" when choosing the menu.  It's easy to double a recipe, but if you can't bake it all at the same time, then you're not saving too much time mixing it together first.  Add to that that I was QUADRUPLING all of the recipes.  I spent about 3 hours making 12 dozen mini pizzas and 4 hours making 8 dozen cream puffs.
If you're coming up with apps for say 8-16 people and you have to whip it up unexpectedly, the pizzas would actually serve you well.  I got the recipe from Martha Stewart Everday Food.  I use the term recipe loosely.  Do you actually need a recipe for pizza?  I'm going to venture no.  However, the idea was cool.  Take a pound of dough (Thank you TJ's!), and divide it into 36 little dough balls.  Press those little suckers into rounds, brush with olive oil, and sprinkle with S&P.
Here's where the real rocket science comes in.  If you can't do it your first try, it's ok.  I'm a culinary goddess and it was hard work for me.  Sprinkle the little buddies with, wait for it, antipasto stuffs.  Since I married a man with some Italian blood, we have these things stocked in our cupboard.  The hard part is finding them buried beneath the pasta and macaroni.  Artfully drape the olives, artichokes, and roasted red pepper onto the pizzas.  Garnish with shredded mozzarella.  I won't tell on you if you use pre-shredded stuff from a two pound bag if you don't tell on me.
These things turned out to be crowd favorites.  The finger food part of it is brilliant - you don't even need a plate.  Just pick it up off the platter and put it straight in your mouth.  They're one bite wonders.

Do you have a fun, go to party pleasing recipe this Christmas?


  1. Yum! I love mini things and I love cheese ;). We didn't have a Christmas party this year, so I ddin't have a go-to recipe, but I did go-to a lot of other friends' parties :)

  2. I love this recipe. I never thought about making a finger-food friendly pizza, yum!

  3. Ooh, genius. This shows my lack of imagination, but I never thought of using the TJ dough for mini pizzas. I totally will try this.