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We are the kind of family who love traditions. Some of our traditions seem to be pretty “standard”, while a few others are kind of unique and a little crazy. Butt, the fun kind of crazy. This year, I was realizing that we don’t really have any traditions for celebrating Father’s Day. Last year we had a bbq at the park, the year before that we did breakfast by the beach, we kinda just let our Dad and husbands pick how they want to enjoy that day. This year, my Dad will be in Hawaii on Father’s Day, and I am totally game to join him there that day to celebrate. Unfortunately, none of us kids are invited on our parent’s romantic getaway. We decided to celebrate early before they left. Not as fun as being with him on a tropical island, but it will have to do.

My dad and me

My Dad is such a fun loving, charismatic, kind of guy. When he laughs, it is completely contagious and there is no way to resist joining in. He also has a talent for telling a really good story. When he has the stage, we are captivated by whatever he is doing or telling us. I remember the first time I ever saw my Dad toss spinning pizza dough in the air as he shaped and stretched it into a thin circular crust. My little eyes gaped as I was sure it would either stick to the ceiling or fall to the floor. To my excitement, he caught it with ease. He continued tossing and spinning our pizza crusts while all of us kids watched in amazement. Back in the day, when he was 16, he got a job at a little restaurant called Italian Village. It was there that he rode his bike everyday and learned how to toss pizza dough like he is performing an act for the circus. I love hearing about how he practiced with wet kitchen towels in his spare time and how much he loved making himself a pizza bender for dinner every night. I myself have tried learning the art of tossing pizza dough, and lets just say it was quite the flop. It’s more fun to seeing him do it anyway.

                                   

Because we love watching my dad create the perfect pizza crust every time, we decided that having a homemade pizza party was the perfect way to celebrate him for Father’s Day this year. As my siblings and I grew up and started having families of our own, it became impossible to make a few different pizzas that everyone enjoyed. We quickly made the adjustment to every single one of us getting to customize our very own gourmet mini pizza. Everyone helps bring some of the toppings and we put out quite the spread for crafting our own individual works of art. Luckily, my parents have two ovens to lessen the cooking time of making all of those pizzas, but its still a whole event. Everyone’s pizza turns out completely different. One of the best parts is getting to try what other people have made. Every time we do this for dinner, we end up creating new combinations and have such a blast. I am currently trying to convince my Dad to start a food truck with his pizzas. Wouldn’t that be so much fun watching him toss the dough at a food truck round up?

I can’t share my dad with you, but I will tell you everything you need to know for you and your family to have your very own homemade pizza night.

We start with making the dough. After experimenting with many different recipes over the years, we have found this Papa John’s copycat recipe

A pretty typical topping bar at our house has: Pizza blend cheese, shredded mozzarella, fresh mozzarella balls, homemade marinara sauce, home made alfredo sauce, bbq sauce, balsamic glaze, ranch, olive oil, grilled chicken, italian sausage, pepperoni, crumbled bacon, canadian bacon, tomatoes, spinach, jalepeno, olives, bell peppers, red onion, sliced mushrooms, avocado, pineapple.

Obviously this varies, sometimes we have different meat options and then we add in other side options that compliment it. Get creative with your toppings. It’s easy to try a new cheese for a change or use a sauce that you typically didn’t think would be good on a pizza. Don’t limit yourself. You would be surprised all the yummy creations that you can come up with.

For the alfredo sauce, we don’t really follow a recipe, we just eyeball the ingredients. We tried to take our best guess on how much we used of each ingredient to create this basic recipe for you.

  • Melt 1 stick butter over medium heat. Add 5 chicken bouillon cubes and 1/3 Cup flour to make a rue base
  • Turn heat to low. Add 3-4 Cups half and half until you have reached the desired liquid consistency. You want it to be thicker for a pizza sauce and thin it out a little more if you are making it to go over pasta.
  • Add 3/4 Cup shredded parmesan cheese and 1/2 Cup shredded italian blend cheese. Stir until melted.

Chicken Bacon Aflredo Pizza

What is the best kind of pizza you have ever tried? What are your “go to” toppings? Are you adventurous or do you like to keep it basic? Tell me in the comments below.