Make your own mini pizza bar is an easy dinner to set up for Family Game Night. I can make the ingredients in advance, along with a gluten-free version for me. The kids get to be creative in the kitchen and help prepare the pizza dough the day before.
Make Your Own Mini Pizza Bar: Ingredients
To make pizza, you’ll need your base (homemade or storebought pizza dough/storebought gluten-free pizza dough, English muffins), pizza sauce (we use our homemade spaghetti sauce), shredded mozzarella cheese, and toppings of choice. Some of my kids love pepperoni; others are big cheese lovers. I like freshly sauteed mushroom, peppers, and onions. The hubs goes both ways with plain and pepperoni. My family likes to make our own pizza dough from scratch. Unlike homemade bread, you don’t need to let pizza dough rise before using it. If you make the dough ahead of time and freeze it, your pizza will have a thinner crust than freshly made dough.
Pizza Dough Recipe
Makes 8 6-inch pizzas
2 Tablespoon Active Dry Yeast 2 cups of water 2 teaspoons of sugar 6 teaspoons of salt (You may prefer less salt) 4 Tablespoons olive oil 3 cups white flour 2 cups whole wheat flour 1/2 – 1 cup of white flour olive oil and pastry brush for drizzling on the dough
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Warm the water in microwave for 1 minute, and combine with yeast in a mixing bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients, except for the last cup of white flour. Mix the dough with the paddle attachment until it starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl. Using the dough hook and the additional flour, knead for 5 minutes. Divide the dough into four sections with a pastry cutter, and shape each section into a ball. Shaping into a ball helps with rolling out mostly circular pizzas. Flour a flat surface, and roll out one ball into the shape of a mini pizza. Put the mini pizza onto a greased cookie sheet dusted with corn meal. Roll out the rest of the balls accordingly. If you don’t have four cookie sheets like moi, you can roll out half of the recipe for the first batch. While the first batch bakes, start rolling and preparing the second batch of mini pizzas. Wipe olive oil lightly on the rolled out dough. Add your sauce of choice. Make sure that it is thick enough to hold up in the oven. Otherwise it will disappear into the dough. Sprinkle with toppings of choice. Bake at 450 degrees for about 15 to 20 minutes. Keep an eye on the pizza for the last few minutes since your oven may be cooler or warmer than mine.
Risk: Continental Game
It’s safe to say my kids love history. Given a choice between watching a kid’s show and the History Channel, they’d rather choose the History Channel. We often take day trips to local historic spots (though I try to slip in a few nature walks, too). When I saw Risk: Continental Game in my local independent toy store this past Christmas, I scooped it up, knowing my kids would love it. A game of global conquest, the object of the game is to occupy every territory on the board while eliminating all the other players. While the 2-to-6 player game is geared towards ages 8 and up, my 7 year old daughter and 5 year old son have played with their older siblings with some assistance. Before playing the game, have your kids study the board which represents a map of the world. Any kid with a basic knowledge of the continents and major countries should have no problem recognizing the different territories which are not accurate, only representative. In fact, my middle son told me he figured out the question of the week at school thanks to playing Risk: Continental. He knew from the game that Australia is the only country both a country and a continent. Score!
More Board Games for Family Game Night
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