DIY Pita pizza party puts a smile on everyone’s face as they pile on their own toppings of grilled chicken, pesto, olives, fresh basil, feta cheese or whatever your heart desires on top of a whole wheat pita bread and then baked to perfection.
Friday nights deserve a pizza party, don’t you think? When we used to live back in the States, we used to have a tradition with our neighbors to have pizza together on some Friday nights and I want to keep that tradition alive.
Here in Hong Kong, pizza is like a million dollars a slice and then usually has tentacles and/or corn on it so you must have a DIY (Do it yourself) plan or I promise you will be sorry. Yokohama, Japan had the same issue but four times more expensive. We were planning on having a gathering, so we ordered 4 large pizza’s. Our bill came to 13,800 yen. Yes over $120 USD for 4 pizzas. Really!!!!
DIY Pita Pizza Party is much more economical and everyone gets to make their pizza just the way they like it. The kids have a blast and get show their creativity. The parents are happy they are not begging and pleading with kids to eat mushing peas on a Friday night after a crazy work week. Your friends are excited to come over and join in on the fun and might be persuaded to help with clean up after a couple of glasses of wine. Win-Win situation! So what are you waiting for?
I love the low fuss and casual gatherings where everyone can let their hair down and have some fun and make their own Pita pizzas is just the way to get the party started. I just line up all the items on the kitchen or dining room table and let everyone help themselves. Many times I don’t even take the items out of the jar…after all this is a casual affair. Some of the items like the onions, olives or bell peppers I like to chop or slice and then place in the bowl. Don’t look at this long list of ingredients and panic as you can pick and choose only the toppings you want for your DIY Pita Pizza Party.
This is not so much of a recipe but more of a list of items that are on these tasty set of pizzas. I keep everything low maintenance and just open up my jars and lay things out on the table and let everyone fend for themselves.
Lets take this beauty right here… This DIY Pita Pizza was made with red pepper and sun-dried tomato pesto, grilled chicken, olives, onion slices, mozzarella, basil, pepper and a drizzle of olive oil.
Or how about this little number with basil pesto, grilled chicken, mozzarella cheese, red onions and red pepper flakes.
This one here I call the” Everything You Got DIY Pita Pizza” as it has both basil and sun-dried tomato pesto, grilled chicken, both green and black olives, red onions, mozzarella, feta cheese, parmesan cheese, basil, red pepper flakes, pepper and the kitchen sink.
For the kids, I like to have plenty of red pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese and some pepperoni.
I like to use whole wheat pita breads and for the gluten-free and dairy free friends I love my recipe for this Muffuletta Pizza. For our diabetic friends, I love to have a huge bowl of lettuces and a delicious Italian dressing and then they can just go wild adding all their pizza toppings to their own DIY salads.
What are you favorite pizza toppings? Come and join us for a fun DIY Pita Pizza Party.
DIY Pita pizza party puts a smile on everyones face as they pile on their own toppings of grilled chicken, pestos, olives, fresh basil, feta or whatever your heart desires on top of a whole wheat pita bread and then baked to perfection.
- Grilled Chicken Breasts
- chicken - 4 boneless skinless breasts
- olive oil - 2 tablespoons
- basil - 1 teaspoon
- salt and pepper - to taste
- garlic - 2 cloves chopped finely
- Pizza crust and seasonings
- pita breads - 1-2 per person (I used whole wheat)- (at least 3-4 if serving growing teenage boys)
- olive oil - about 1/2 cup in a little bowl with a brush
- garlic powder - just leave out the spice container
- basil - just leave out the spice container
- red pepper flakes - just leave out the spice container
- salt and pepper - just leave out the spice container
- Pizza toppings
- basil pesto - 8 ounces (1 cup)
- sun dried tomato pesto - 8 ounces (1 cup)
- red pizza sauce - 8 ounces (1 cup)
- olives - 8 ounces (1 cup) black or green sliced
- artichokes - 8 ounces (1 cup) Sliced
- bell peppers - 8 ounces (1 cup) chopped (fresh or roasted)
- onion - 4 ounces (1/2 cup) chopped or sliced thin
- feta - 8 ounces - crumbled
- mozzarella - 12 ounces grated
- pepperoni - 1/4 pound sliced really thin
- fresh basil - large handful washed and removed from stem
Step 1: Slice your chicken breasts in half lengthwise and drizzle with olive oil, basil and salt and pepper on both sides. Pre-pare your grill. You can grill your chicken either on your outdoor grill or indoor grill pan. As you have cut your chicken thinner it should only take about 3 minutes on each side or just until the juices no longer run pink. (Do not overcook your chicken as they are going to baked as well on top of the pizza) Once cool enough to handle, slice thinly and set aside and keep warm.
Step 2: Preheat oven to 200 degrees celsius ( 390 degrees F) with a baking pan or a pizza stone heating up inside the oven.
Step 3: Assemble your DIY Pita Pizza Party items out on the kitchen counter/dining room table so it is easy for your guests to help themselves. Set out pita breads, olive oil, garlic powder, basil, red pepper flakes and salt and pepper. Then also set up your pizza topping such as your basil pesto, sun-dried tomato pesto, red marinara pizza sauce with spoons inside so that your guests can layer on their sauce of choice. Next lay out your jars or little bowls of chopped olives, artichokes, sliced grilled chicken, chopped bell peppers, onions, feta, mozzarella, pepperoni, fresh basil and/or whatever your little heart desires. I know that if I could find some spicy yellow banana pepper rings here in Asia that would have also been on my list too.
Step 4: Have your guests assemble their DIY Pita Pizza and then pop them in the oven for about 8-10 minutes or until the cheese is melty and slightly golden. I was able to bake 6 pita pizzas at a time but it depends on how big your oven is.
Step 5: Place your delicious baked DIY Pita Pizza on a cutting board and slice into fourths. Serve along with a big tossed salad and a little vino and enjoy!