Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Pizza Parties Aren’t Just For Kids Anymore –The Perfect (Adult) Pizza Dinner Party Menu

From renowned chef, cookbook author and TV personality comes a unique new cookbook, Thursday Night Pizza by Father Dominic Garramone, offering a variety of mouth-watering pizza recipes with a little twist on the classic family favorite. From traditional cheese pizzas, unusual pies like the spicy Thai peanut chicken pizza to sweet dessert pizzas like the fig and papaya pie, Thursday Night Pizza is the perfect pizza guide that will help any cook ignite their passion for pizza.

Garramone, host of the popular PBS show “Breaking Bread with Father Dominic” which aired from 1999 through 2002, honed his pizza skills by experimenting on his brethren for their Thursday night meals, serendipitously creating unexpected yet delicious ways to dress up a pizza. Throughout the book, you will find pizzas with traditional sauce as well as sauces made with cream or pesto and toppings as ordinary as mushrooms and as unusual as smoked salmon.

“I played in the kitchen on Thursday nights with whatever happened to be in the pantry or the garden,” notes Garramone. “Pizza is surprisingly versatile once you get past the idea that sauce has to be made of tomatoes and the cheese has to be mozzarella.”

With simple, step-by-step instructions, Garramone starts off with the basics – from how to create that perfect crust to how to get the ideal sauce and inspired topping combinations. In Thursday Night Pizza, you will find delicious recipes including:

Pesto and Prosciutto Appetizer Pizza- Traditional Italian flavors of basil and prosciutto blend to make a savory pie
Denver Diner Pizza - Everything that goes in a Denver omelet – including the eggs!
Seafood Pizza – An exquisite pie with complex flavors and textures- a great way to get kids to eat seafood!
Muffaletta Pizza – Inspired by the New Orleans sandwich, this pie is a meat lover’s dream come true, especially if you also like garlic and olives.
Apple Pie Pizza – A sweet crust, topped with apricot butter, sautéed apples and pecans.

In addition to the pizza recipes you’ll also find:

o Ideas for unique and unexpected sauces

o A pizza dough primer

o How to form the crust, toss the dough and what to do with the leftovers

Father Dominic Garramone was the host of the popular PBS cooking show, “Breaking Bread with Father Dominic” from 1999-2002 and wrote three cookbooks for the series. He is also the author of Bake and Be Blessedon the spirituality of bread baking, and a Christmas cookbook titled ‘Tis the Season to be Bakingand the recently Brother Jerome and the Angels in the Bakery,a beautifully illustrated children’s story about faith and perseverance.

Father Dominic Garramone is a Roman Catholic priest and monk of the Order of Saint Benedict and has worked in teaching, theaters and writing as extension of his vocation as a monk. Garramone currently teaches at St. Bede Academy in Illinois where he is the head of the religion department and the drama director. He is an avid baker ever since making his first baguette for his French class in the 5th grade.

Thursday Night Pizzais available for purchase at www.reedypress.comwww.borders.comor www.amazon.com.

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