Family Pizza and Game Night

Parenting & Kids | October 22, 2013 | By

family-scrabble-boardThis month, have a family pizza and game night to celebrate National Pizza Month. The Dream Dinners pizza kit comes with everything you need to easily assemble customized pizzas. Divide up the dough and let each person top their pizza however they please. Find some tips for baking your pizzas here.

As far as the games go, Susie Osborn, owner of the Clackamas, OR store, and her family love playing games together and they’ve ranked their top ten favorites for your family to try.

1) Settlers of Catan: This game was unanimously ranked as the whole family’s favorite game to play. They’ve been playing it for 13 years and it never gets old because it’s a different game every time and there are many modifications to mix it up.

2) Ticket to Ride: Europe: This is a great all-around game for a wide variety of ages. The Osborns play it with everyone from grandparents to the youngest cousins. It’s a quick and easy game to learn and can also be educational for young kids as they follow routes across a map of Europe, learning geography, counting, and strategy along the way.

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Family Pizza Night 3-Ways

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Recipe Remixes | September 24, 2013 | By

Our build your own pizza kits are always a big hit.  But did you know that you could make a deep dish pizza or calzones using our Family Pizza Night dinner? Here are instructions for two more ways to get creative at dinnertime and have family fun in the kitchen doing it together!

 

Try a Regular Deep Dish Pizza
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Ingredients
  1. A 6-Serving makes 2 Pizzas (2 dough rounds each).
  2. A 3-Serving makes 1 Pizza (2 dough rounds).
Instructions
  1. Thaw in refrigerator.
  2. Preheat oven to 450°F
  3. Place thawed dough on floured cutting board
  4. Merge 2 dough rounds together and roll dough to cover with flour, let rest 10-15 minutes.
  5. Flatten dough and roll with rolling pin or large soda bottle to form about an 8x8 inch square.
  6. Place dough in an 8x8 sprayed, Stoneware baking dish*, gently line the inside of the dish with your pizza dough.
  7. Spread bottom and sides with pizza sauce.
  8. Add toppings and cheese.  (You will only need ½ of the toppings you assembled.)
  9. Bake for approx. 15-20 min., until golden brown.
Notes
  1. *We recommend using Stoneware for even cooking throughout the pizza. However, you could use a glass or metal dish to bake it in as well.
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Try a Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza deep-dish-pizza-chicago-style
Assemble your sauce and toppings backwards! Start with the cheese; add your toppings, maybe more cheese and then the pizza sauce on the top. (All other directions above are the same)

 

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Calzones
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Ingredients
  1. A 6-Serving makes 4 Calzones (1 dough round each).
  2. A 3-Serving makes 2 Calzones (1 dough round each).
Instructions
  1. Thaw in refrigerator.
  2. Preheat oven to 450°F
  3. Place thawed dough on floured cutting board, roll dough to cover with flour, let rest 10-15 minutes.
  4. Flatten dough and roll with rolling pin or large soda bottle to form about a 10-12" circle.
  5. Place dough on sprayed baking sheet.
  6. Spread pizza sauce on half of the round, try to leave ¼ inch from the edge dry.
  7. Add toppings and cheese.
  8. Gently fold the dough over and pinch the edges together.
  9. Lightly brush the top of each calzone with beaten egg.
  10. Sprinkle some dried Italian herbs on top. (optional)
  11. Poke 3-5 holes on top with a fork for ventilation.
  12. Bake for approx. 15-20 min., until golden brown.
  13. Serve with extra pizza sauce for dipping. (optional)
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Family pizza night just got more exciting! You could even mix and match. Have the kids make their regular pizzas and the parents make a calzone to share. No matter what you do, it is about the moments we savor making dinner together.