If there's one menu item that most party-goers will agree on, it's pizza. Not only is it delicious, pizza is also easy to customize and personalize so that you can please everyone on your guest list. Always make sure to include a few different meatless pizza options for the vegans and vegetarians in the group.
Pizza is the perfect choice for a wide variety of special events and occasions, from fancy soirees to laid-back gatherings. Serve up a few different types of pies at kids' and adults' birthday parties, holiday get-togethers, anniversary and graduation celebrations, and baby and bridal showers.
If you can't decide what type of meatless pizza options to serve, use your favorite local eatery as inspiration. Either have the restaurant cater your event, or try to recreate your favorite menu items at home on the big day. If you want something that isn't offered on the menu, the pizzeria may be able to customize your order using your desired ingredients.
Here are some customized vegan and vegetarian pizza ideas to consider for your next special event:
1. Gourmet Cheese Pizza
Instead of just sprinkling shredded mozzarella pizza on top of the pie, give it a gourmet twist with a few other types of cheese. Get creative with the choices, such as fresh mozzarella, gorgonzola, brie, pecorino, asiago, smoked provolone or parmesan. Mix and match any of the cheeses for a customized flavor.
To make a vegan pizza, simply spread the tomato sauce on top of the dough, and sprinkle a layer of dairy-free cheese shreds on top. Some varieties even melt like traditional cheese for a gooey finish.
2. Hawaiian Pizza
You don't have to give up your favorite Hawaiian pizza when going meatless, as you can recreate the mouthwatering flavors with vegetarian ingredients. Start with the traditional mozzarella cheese pie, and then top it with pineapple and pieces of smoky tempeh or soy bacon for that classic flavor.
You can also top the pie with cilantro, chopped green or red onions, or any other ingredient you'd like.
3. Grilled Vegetable Pizza
If you're holding an outdoor event, treat your guests to pizzas topped with grilled vegetables for a gourmet twist on a traditional vegetarian pie. Fire up the grill and roast ears of fresh corn, cherry tomatoes, squash and even fruit such as pineapple, peaches and mango.
You can allow party-goers to customize their own pizzas by serving plain cheese pies and having them choose their favorite roasted vegetable and fruit toppings. Check out places like Scittino's Italian Market Place for more ideas.