September Garden Veggie Deep Dish Pizza Party

It may be September but there are lots of delicious vegetables that are still in season like peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, mushrooms, and onions. You know what those vegetables sound like? Pizza toppings! When it comes to pizza, everyone’s favorite is usually thin crust. The light, crispy thin crust, sweet tomato sauce, and thin layer of cheese is just so delicious. But what about deep dish? This underrated style of pizza seems to be popular nowhere but Chicago. Until now… Check out this fantastic deep dish pizza you can make at home in your cast iron skillet using all those delicious seasonal vegetables. What you need:

  • 1 Pizza Dough – You can buy premade dough at most any grocery store. If you want the challenge of making your own dough, check out this dough recipe.
  • ½ Cup of Pizza Sauce – Pizza sauce can be anything from standard marinara to one of my favorites, arrabbiata (spicy!) Do you like white sauce or oil? Experiment and let us know how it goes!
  • At least a Cup of Veggies – Use up those tasty in season veggies like eggplant, fresh tomatoes, and a green pepper.
  • At least a ½ Cup of Mozzarella Cheese – You can cheese this to the max if you want (I usually do) otherwise, use at least ½ a cup.
  • Olive Oil – For coating the skillet (You’ll also need a cast iron skillet!)
  • You can also add seasonings, Parmesan cheese, basil or whatever you fancy!

Istruzione:

  • Cook the veggies however you’d like. I’d suggest roasted them in the oven (since you’ll have to use that anyway) or try grilling them to give them that smoky charred flavor.
  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees
  • Use olive oil to coat your cast iron skillet. You can also rub a garlic clove around to add some more flavor.
  • Add your dough to the skillet and push it up the sides about 1-1.5 inches.
  • Sprinkle in your cheese. (Oh yeah, cheese first with deep dish!) Then add your veggies and top with the sauce. You can put some cheese on top and add seasonings and/or Parmesan.
  • Bake for about 25-30 minutes. (Adjusting for altitude it may take 30+minutes) Basically you are looking for a golden brown crust and bubbly cheese and sauce.

Let it cool for a few minutes and then enjoy. Deep dish is hearty so don’t expect to eat it all, even though you’ll want to. Don’t feel like cooking? That Personal Touch Catering will cater your events at home or work. Check out our catering menu here.

Light and Lively Dishes for Your Spring Wedding or Event

Spring is here and we are ready for it in the kitchen. We have assembled some delicious ideas for your Springtime wedding, party or event! Let us know what you think and if you’d prefer to have someone else do the cooking, give us a call! Check out some ‘Springy’ meals on our main menu here or see our current specials here.

Now, let’s begin with Appetizers! Our pick: Cucumber Tomato Bites Far from tame, these tasty mouthfuls combine cream cheese, mayo, and ranch seasoning to create a pillow of ectasy between the sublime cucumber and the cherry tomato topping.Hint: Don’t spoon the cream cheese mixture onto the cucumber. Use a pastry bag. Weddings are the time to take the presentation up a notch. Click here for the recipe: http://www.karaspartyideas.com/2013/11/cucumber-tomato-bites-appetizer-recipe.html

Next up, Salads Our pick: Spring Salad with Orange Vinaigrette This is unique and filling, yet won’t slow your guests down on the dance floor. Take the zest and juice from in season oranges, add a nutty Jarlsberg cheese, crunchy bacon pieces and hardy walnuts for texture. Even your relatives who only consider potato salad a “real salad” will be clamoring for seconds. Get the full recipe and instructions here: http://dineanddish.net/2012/01/the-runners-diet-recipe-spring-salad-with-orange-vinaigrette/

We’re almost there: Sides Our pick: Greek Orzo Salad Orzo, or by another more exotic name, Risoni, is like a blank canvas before Van Gogh got his hands on it. It is a mere brushstrokes, or in our case, ingredients from becoming spectacular. The cooled orzo is punctuated by crunch red pepper, red onion, and cucumber but softened by spinach and artichoke hearts. Uncover the recipe here: https://veganadventures.squarespace.com/blog/greek-orzo-salad

Where’s the beef? Mains Our pick: Garlic Lime Chicken with a Mango SalsaChicken is a mainstay because of its versatility and people pleasing potential. Why mess with perfection? Your guests will love the colors and kick of the lime and mangoes.

Take it from a bride: Use chicken thighs. They don’t dry out as easy as chicken breasts. Another tip? Add grilled pineapple and keep an assortment of hot sauces on your guests table. Nothing breaks the ice like a challenge to the rest of the table to see who can stand the heat. Full recipe here: http://www.food.com/recipe/garlic-lime-grilled-chicken-with-mango-salsa-161381Fresh, springtime, light and refreshing, no matter the adjective used, these springy menu options are packed with veggies, fruits and plenty of flavor.

Host a party after all the Hubbub of the Holidays

Are you already tired of hearing “Have you gotten your holiday shopping done yet?” and “Where will you be traveling to?” this holiday season? Do you agree there’s no glory in being busy all the time? We understand. That’s why we’re proposing a very bold solution to the problem of having too many events in December: move them to January. Who says you have to jam pack your December to-do list? Why not have your holiday or Christmas gathering in January at the Franciscan Event Center? On a related note, here 3 positives about the first month of the year:

  • The roads are less crowded and in a bustling city like Denver, that is ALWAYS a good thing.
  • There are 2 holidays to celebrate: New Year’s and Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
  • The first week of January is a great time to find low prices on flights.

Another bonus: If you are hosting a party for your staff and clients, many of them will be in town and able to attend. We’ve been hosting all kinds of gatherings for thirty years at our Centennial location. With on-site culinary offerings from that Personal Touch Catering and the adept planning and follow through skills of Sonja Frank, we’ll make sure January’s parties will be talked about for 2016.  Unlike a downtown restaurant or bar, parking is easy breezy when you arrive at the Franciscan Event Center. Did you already plan your Holiday party or has it taken place already? Consider a January planning or strategy session for your company. Why not discuss your vision for 2016 and make plans on how to achieve it when people can focus on the task at hand and aren’t distracted by December’s duties? Call us at (303) 790-0477 to discuss your January event today!