Planning a kid's birthday party always seems like an easy feat 4 months before the big day. Then, before you know it, you're a few weeks out and actually have to come up with those new and fun ideas to keep everyone entertained. It can be daunting to say the least.

While I'm totally game for ordering a few pizzas and calling it a day, this Quilt Pizza is much more exciting, easy to make and a great way to get all your guests involved. It becomes an activity in and of itself.

First, get a ton -- I mean a TON -- of toppings_ veggies, meats, even some pineapple if you like, and divide them between separate bowls. Next, buy a few packages of pre-made pizza dough from the grocery store or your local pizzeria and roll and stretch it to fit a sheet pan. Then place everything out on a table....and let the kids go crazy. Each child gets a square to design their own handmade patch of pizza. Once the pies are all baked up and bubbly, you won't believe how excited the kids will be to chow down on their personalized piece.

And you don't have to have a big party to enjoy this pizza. It easily scales down to accommodate smaller gatherings like slumber parties, get togethers or an intimate family dinner.

Sound like a plan?

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Quilt Pizza (Serves 8-12 depending on the size of each square)

Prep Time: 15 mins Cook Time: 20 mins

egg free

nut free

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Pizza Dough, brought to room temperature
  • 1/2 Cup Pizza Sauce
  • 2 Cups Mozzarella Cheese, shredded
  • 1 Small Red Onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 Cup Broccoli Florets, steamed
  • 1/2 Cup Pineapple, chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Cherry Tomatoes, halved
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, sliced
  • 1/4 Cup Olives, sliced
  • 1/2 Cup Mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 Strips Bacon, cooked
  • 1/2 Cup Sun Dried Tomatoes
  • 1/2 Cup Spinach Leaves
  • 1/2 Cup Green Onions, chopped
  • * These are just suggested toppings. Feel free to come up with your own. The possibilities are endless.

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 425 F.
2. Lightly grease the backside of a half sheet pan with olive oil and stretch the dough to fit the size of the pan (about 16″ x 11″).
3. Spread 1/2 cup of sauce on the dough and sprinkle 2 cups of cheese on top.
4. “Decorate” the pizza using the topping ingredients. Divide into 8-12 squares to create a quilt.
5. Brush the edges with olive oil and bake for 18-20 minutes.
6. Serve.
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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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20 comments

  • Aysel @WhatKidsAte

    Wow this looks like so much fun! I'll definitely try this. Thanks Catherine!

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  • Jolene

    ~Love it!~ So cute!~

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  • Jess

    Love it

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  • Caroline

    You are very creative! It looks too good to eat!

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  • Monette

    What a clever idea! Definitely doing this! Thanks ! cookie pizza or fruit pizza....time to play around :)

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  • Alexandra

    This is so pretty!!! Looks delicious!

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  • Jenny G

    I think I will also do this for a family movie night!!!!! Great idea. Love.

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  • Tiphanie

    What a wonderful idea! Can't wait to try it out with my family.

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  • Heather Taylor Kids In The Sink

    Oh my goodness. This is TOO cute! I love it! And kids loooooooove eating food that resembles something other than food. It might actually get my kid to eat spinach (in some way other than pureed in a smoothie).

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  • Christina

    I am dying for ANYONE's tips on how to get nicely cooked dough on a homemade pizza. For the life of me, I just CANNOT make it work. I buy the store stuff - honestly if I cannot get that work I have no interest in the time it takes to make my own. It's always a chewy, uncooked, gloppy mess. HELP?!

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    • L

      Prebake your crust in a hot oven (at least 425) for about 3-5 minutes, maybe longer if you like it a touch more done. Then top and finish baking in a hot oven until the cheese is slightly browned. Hope it works as well for you as it does for us :)

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    • April

      Once we started using a pizza stone, our dough came out much better.

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    • Catherine

      Have you tried rolling it out thinner? Pre-baking the crust alone will help. Pizza stones are a great kitchen tool!

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  • Colette

    THAT is a work of art!;)

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    • Nat

      Sunrpisirg to think of something like that

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  • Candy

    Cute idea, can't wait to try.

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  • Nicola

    This is gorgeous - and looks delicious and healthy! Such a good idea!!

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