One of my favorite dinners is making pizza at home… especially when we have friends over + can get all competitive with our pizza making skills. It is such a simple but interactive dinner. Yet, I have always been the girl who buys a ball of pre-made dough from the grocery store because I was lost on how to make my own. And… this foodie is a lover of cooking but not keen on the world of baking.
So, when sprouts farmer’s market reached out a couple weeks ago about a pizza party they were hosting with denver’s cook street school of culinary arts, I jumped at the chance to attend. The sprouts pizza party was such a fun evening. Not only did I meet some awesome local bloggers who, just like me, love to eat, cook + talk about food, I finally learned how to make pizza crust. Who knew it was so easy?!
Chef cada from cook street was our lead for the night. She walked us through how to make every element we needed for our pizzas, in addition to some other awesome recipes. I totally geeked-out when we got to try our hands at pulling fresh mozzarella. We took fresh curds + insanely hot water with salt and stretched, massaged and pulled the curds into soft mozzarella balls. The mozz when then sliced for us to top our pizzas with. While this was insanely fun to learn, I think I might stick to the store-bought option; amateur cheese makers do not hold a candle to professionals in this field.
Another highlight was dessert… is anyone surprised by that? We roasted a ton of berries with of fresh thyme + vanilla beans which was served with a scoop of the most delicious sweet corn + vanilla ice cream. I love when desserts are not overtly sweet and this hit that mark perfectly. I was most intrigued by the corn ice cream and while it was very pronounced, I really like the strong flavor.
My favorite recipe of the night was a seasonal salad featuring locally-grown peaches. We sliced the peaches + got a slight char on their flesh by popping them on the grill. We then blended up a bright + herbaceous green goddess dressing full of chives, parsley + tarragon. It smelled divine and tasted creamy, fresh + so darn delicious I could have eaten it by the spoonful. Earlier in the evening the chefs at cook street grilled up some halloumi cheese + toasted pistachios to go with the salad. I have already recreated this recipe at home and I am obsessed with the green-goddess dressing. I can see it dolloped onto grilled fish or as a delicious dip with a platter of roasted veggies. Yes, green goddess is officially added into my recipe repertoire.
Sprouts sent each blogger home with a bag full of goodies from their store. We also received copies of the recipes we learned to make at cook street. I cannot wait to try my hand at homemade pizza crust at home in the near future. It was seriously so much better than any store-bought version even though it took a bit longer. Thank you again to the friendly people at sprouts for inviting me to your #sproutspizzaparty!
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