Grilled Pizza Baby Shower

Salads are always appropriate for a ladies’ luncheon, but they’re even better when paired with grilled pizzas!!  For a friend’s baby shower, a long table, filled with her amazing collection of crystal, china & flatware, invited guests to share in a leisurely feast, served family style.  We used Gwyneth Paltrow’s pizza dough recipe from My Father’s Daughter and the result was perfectly crunchy on the outside, doughy on the inside, with plenty of earthy flavor.  This will be my new go-to crust recipe, which I’ll use for build your own pizza parties all summer (plus it held up great over night in the fridge).  And the pistachio, strawberry & vanilla bean layered semifreddo is worth the extra steps for a pretty, sweet finish.   Amy added special touches with printed menus, place cards and a baby photo guessing game.  All in all, a fun afternoon of rose & lunch from the grill, made all the more delicious by good friends, great weather and a baby on the way…

The Menu

raspberry & peach bellinis

burrata, artichoke & pesto crostini
fig jam, prosciutto & mint crostini
to share

grilled pizzas:
margherita: buffalo mozzarella, tomato & basil
wild mushroom, ricotta & arugula
finocchiona, caramelized fennel and onion & mozzarella
grilled caesar salad
california chopped: baby kale, cherry tomatoes, asparagus, avocado, chickpeas & basil vinaigrette
honeydew, cantaloupe & mint

chocolate espresso cookies with sea salt