A farmer in the dell held its first dinner party in Portland Friday night. It was a farewell dinner since we are heading back east on Tuesday, but was also a thank you dinner for some of my Portland readers. And get this, my brother and sister-in-law just happened to be in town, so it was also a family reunion of sorts. Dinner was a blast and I was cooking for some great people.
I was cooking for 15 people and I thought the best approach was to do what I do best. Pizza. Lots of pizza. Everyone loves pizza, and I have some great recipes up my sleeves. So this was the plan.
First chop lots of onions. A lot of my pizza recipes call for carmelized onions. (Note the ski mask. No tears!)
Then we got working on the appetizers. Thanks to my sister we had some delicious crackers with ricotta, edamame, mint and sea salt.
Blanched asparagus with lemon juice and sea salt.
Fruit served up on the salt block.
A great appetizer spread.
Along with a great fire.
Once people started arriving. We got busy with the pizzas. My brother is really good with rolling out the dough so that was his job. We were going to cook one pizza at a time on the green egg and serve them up in bite size pieces since we were cooking 8 different pizzas. This ended up working out really well! We sipped wine and enjoyed our pizzas slowly throughout the whole evening.
No pizza is complete without an arugula salad. Which we topped with lemon juice and sea salt. Simply delicious.
The next two pizzas. Sweet potato with rosemary and parmesan cheese. And then Taylor’s famous bbq pizza.
Olive oil, garlic, tomato, and basil.
The amazing big green egg.
My amazing sisters!
And an overall amazing night. Thank you to everyone who joined the dinner. It was so much fun. Good food, great friends, and a lot of laughs. Here is a list of our pizzas. If you wish to have one of the recipes just let me know and I will post it.
2. Butternut squash with bacon and blue cheese
3. Sweet potato with rosemary and parm.
4. Bacon and blue cheese with apple
5. bbq chicken
6. Tomato basil
7. Sausage broccoli and mushroom
8. Pesto with veggies