Pizza Party – Tapas Style

Mar 3, 2011 by

Most NYC moms will confirm that it has been a grueling few months with college applications for their 5 year old kids (college being a metaphor). It has been too serious and somewhere along the way, we have lost sight of the fact that these candidates, the future of tomorrow, are only 5 years old.

This weekend, it was time to take the pressure off and tuck in to frivolities with my 2 little rascals. My older son, and might I add, my biggest blog supporter suggested that we cook together. He wanted to make pizza and I couldn’t be more thankful that he took care of being entertained and having dinner on the table in one request.

I must confess that this recipe calls for some imagination and a lot of cheating. The result: an exotic tasting pizza made in minutes. We purchased premade dough from the local pizza parlor and then navigated the grocery store for culinary stimulation. Today’s theme was ‘tapas inspired pizza’ boasting of garlic, cumin, thyme, chorizo, shiitakes and of course certain ‘pizza essentials’. This pizza has depth in its flavor and provides Flamencan appreciation on any dinner table.

Now, back to the kids. If you think children enjoy making cupcakes and licking cake batter, just watch them devour the marinara sauce and pizza toppings. This slightly messy little project will require you to give that Type A in you a break for just 1 hour, since that is all the time this pizza party is going to take and when you see how much fun it is for your little Cherubs, it will be completely worth it.


1lb Pizza parlor purchased pizza dough or Pillsbury Thin Pizza Crust (
¼ lb finely sliced chorizo
A handful of sauteed Shiitake mushrooms
½ lb fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced½ a thinly sliced poblano pepper
Season with: paprika, salt and fresh cracked pepper and a tablespoon of grated parmesan
A handful of fresh arugula tossed in a tablespoon of vinegar and olive oil
Marinara sauce
1 small can of tomatoes
3-4 cloves of finely sliced garlic
1 sprig of Fresh thyme
A pinch of cumin and oregano
10 basil leaves cut in to thin ribbons


Marinara Sauce

1) Heat the oil in a frying pan and sauté the garlic
2) Add the fresh thyme, oregano and cumin to infuse in the oil
3) Crush the canned tomatoes in the blender and add to the sauce. Cook for 5 minutes until the oil begins to separate.
4) Season with paprika, salt and pepper and ribbons of basil

Assembling the Pizza

1) Roll out the pizza dough so that it is about 0.5cm thick and put on a pizza pan or foil with a few scattered holes pierced through
2) Brush olive oil and then spread the marinara sauce all over the base
3) Arrange your toppings on the pizza except for the arugula and bake in the oven at 475 degrees for approximately 15 minutes
4) Once the cheese is bubbling and the edges are golden, remove from the oven
5) Pile the arugula in a heap in the middle of the pizza and garnish with a few thin slivers of chorizo. Season with salt, pepper, a dash of parika and parmesan.

Pearls of Wisdom

Make sure that the sauce is cooked well before you spread it on to the pizza to avoid it becoming ‘watery’. You also want to ensure that the base has been well rolled out and is not to thick or it will not cook through enough.

Serving Suggestions

A glass of red wine for mummy and daddy and an early night for the kids.

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  1. Anonymous

    Good idea for a kids pizza party.



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