In the Spring, I dreamed of Social Sundays so much so that I invited people over, however they never happened. A combination of things, but ultimately I was not ready in the Spring.
When I returned home from a refreshing visit to San Diego in July, I was ready to host these gatherings. They occurred naturally without any planning. My neighbors now come over every Sunday that we are both in town and anyone else that wants to attend comes as well.
The people who gather changes every Sunday, but there are constants: good food cooked on the grill and endless entertainment with the kids and Merlin.
Entertaining has always made me happy, so the ability to share this home of mine with friends and fill it with joy makes me very happy.
Yesterday, we enjoyed grilled pizzas for the second week in a row as our new guests wanted to try grilled pizza.
Pizza on the grill is really the way to go. All you need is a pizza stone or in my case a cast iron pizza skillet. You do not need a fancy separate pizza oven.
Heat up the pizza stone, drizzle the pizza dough with olive oil then toss on the stone. Let it get nice markings on the first side, then flip it and top it with toppings. Close the grill for a minute to let the cheese melt, pull to a cutting board to slice and serve.
Giada’s pizza dough recipe is my current favorite. It turns out perfectly every time.
For the sauce, I prefer the tomato sauce recipe from Mad Hungry. It is great as it requires a can of tomatoes, which I always have in the pantry. Besides life is better with butter and this sauce is finished with butter. 🙂
I also made a caramelized onion yogurt dip. For a variety of reasons, I got back into making yogurt this week, so I pulled out some caramelized onions from the freezer and whipped up my favorite dip. It has been called crack dip by friends for the fact that you really don’t want to stop eating it. It is also good as a spread on a sandwich. I skip the chives and substitute the shallots for onions as that is what I typically have in the freezer.
The caramelized cauliflower salad from Mad Hungry was a perfect side dish. I prefer the fancy version without the raisins as I like my savory dishes savory.
Plenty of leftovers for the week too.
Next up I am going to make French onion soup for my neighbors on a non pool party day.
For dessert, we enjoyed a delicious watermelon.