pizza party!

mabel watches over the pizza

I have an awesome group of friends here in Denver. For a while now we have been doing a weekly dinner party and each week has a different theme. A little while ago we did pizza at our house. Pizza is a great casual dinner party meal because you can create a variety of options to please all of your guests. This time we made both whole wheat and white flour crust.

I have a really easy recipe for whole wheat pizza dough. You can easily substitute white flour, if you please. If you don’t have a stand mixer it’s a lot of work to knead the dough, but it’s worth it. If  you do have a mixer, you just use the dough hook and turn it on for 5 minutes and walk away. You can always buy pre-made pizza dough, but making your own is a lot cheaper, and usually a lot healthier too.

Top the crust with your favorite sauce, cheese, veggies or meat. This time we did pesto-ricotta-mushroom, marinara-mozzarella-bell pepper, marinara-goat cheese-carmalized onion, and marinara-fresh mozzarella-fresh basil,

Whole Wheat Pizza Crust


  • 2 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 envelop or 2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 cup warm water


Add the yeast yeast to one cup warm water and let sit for 5 to 10 minutes, until it gets nice a frothy. Mix the dry ingredients together and then add olive oil. Next, add the yeast mixture and combine kneading for about 5 minutes. Put the dough in a well oiled bowl and cover. Let the dough rise for 30-45 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 450. Roll the dough out to your desired thickness and shape. I find, using a cookie sheet works great. I roll the dough into a large rectangle and I’m good to go. Add whatever toppings you like and put it in the oven for about 15-18 minutes.

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