If you're planning any type of special event and don't know what to serve your guests, consider treating them to customized pizza inspired by popular appetizers. This type of pizza will be appropriate to serve at almost any time of the day, and will win you plenty of points for creativity.
You can serve appetizer-inspired pizzas for a wide range of occasions, but they're particularly ideal for cocktail-style soirees, pool parties, and any other social gathering. Bridal and baby shower, holiday party, and birthday celebration attendees will also enjoy trying one or more of these unique flavor combinations.
Appetizer-themed pizza will be a crowd-pleaser for guests of all ages, and there are ways you can tailor it to accommodate young party-goers. When it comes to creating the pizza menu for the celebration, you can use your favorite eatery as inspiration, combining ingredients from both its appetizer and pizza menus.
If you're feeding a large group, you may want to hire a professional caterer or have a restaurant cater the party for you. Look for a chef who is willing to work with your customized appetizer-themed pizza ideas so that everyone is satisfied.
Here are some creative pizza combinations to consider:
1. Buffalo Wing Pizza
Buffalo wing pizza combines two popular menu choices into one delicious meal, and it can be easily tweaked to please vegetarians as well. Instead of topping the crust with traditional marinara, use the barbecue sauce of your choice, or combine the two if you desire. Next, sprinkle on shredded mozzarella cheese and top with chopped red onions and cooked boneless chicken wings.
After removing the pie from the oven, finish it with drizzles of blue cheese dressing and chopped cilantro. To make a meatless version of this pizza, use smoked tempeh or soy-based "chicken wings" instead.
2. Jalapeno Popper Pizza
Give regular pizza a spicy kick with the addition of flavorful jalapeno peppers. To make this sauce-less pie, start by spreading cream cheese over the crust in an even layer. Top with cooked, crumbled bacon, chopped green onions, sliced jalapeno peppers and a generous portion of shredded mozzarella cheese.
Bake the pizza until the cheese is golden brown and serve with ranch dressing for dipping.
3. Caprese Pizza
Using caprese salad as inspiration, top pizza crust with marinara sauce, slices of fresh mozzarella, and ripe tomatoes, and then bake until the cheese is melted. Finish the baked pie with olive oil and balsamic vinegar drizzles as well as a healthy amount of fresh basil.