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DIY Pita Pizza Party

DIY Pita pizza party puts a smile on everyone's face as they pile on their own toppings of grilled chicken, pesto, olives, fresh basil, feta cheese or whatever your heart desires on top of a whole wheat pita bread and then baked to perfection.DIY Pita Pizza Party/

Friday nights deserve a pizza party, don't you think? When we used to live back in the States, we used to have a tradition with our neighbors to have pizza together on some Friday nights and I want to keep that tradition alive.

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Here in Hong Kong, pizza is like a million dollars a slice and then usually has tentacles and/or  corn on it so you must have a DIY (Do it yourself) plan or I promise you will be sorry.  Yokohama, Japan had the same issue but four times more expensive. We were planning on having a gathering, so we ordered 4 large pizza's. Our bill came to 13,800 yen. Yes over $120 USD for 4 pizzas. Really!!!!

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DIY Pita Pizza Party is much more economical and everyone gets to make their pizza just the way they like it. The kids have a blast and get show their creativity. The parents are happy they are not begging and pleading with kids to eat mushing peas on a Friday night after a crazy work week. Your friends are excited to come over and join in on the fun and might be persuaded to help with clean up after a couple of glasses of wine. Win-Win situation! So what are you waiting for?

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I love the low fuss and casual gatherings where everyone can let their hair down and have some fun and make their own Pita pizzas is just the way to get the party started. I just line up all the items on the kitchen or dining room table and let everyone help themselves. Many times I don't even take the items out of the jar...after all this is a casual affair. Some of the items like the onions, olives or bell peppers I like to chop or slice and then place in the bowl. Don't look at this long list of ingredients and panic as you can pick and choose only the toppings you want for your DIY Pita Pizza Party.

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This is not so much of a recipe but more of a list of items that are on these tasty set of pizzas. I keep everything low maintenance and just open up my jars and lay things out on the table and let everyone fend for themselves.

Lets take this beauty right here... This DIY Pita Pizza was made with red pepper and sun-dried tomato pesto, grilled chicken, olives, onion slices, mozzarella, basil, pepper and a drizzle of olive oil.

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Or how about this little number with basil pesto, grilled chicken, mozzarella cheese, red onions and red pepper flakes.

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This one here I call the" Everything You Got DIY Pita Pizza" as it has both basil and sun-dried tomato pesto, grilled chicken, both green and black olives, red onions, mozzarella, feta cheese, parmesan cheese, basil, red pepper flakes, pepper and the kitchen sink.

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For the kids, I like to have plenty of red pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese and some pepperoni.

I like to use whole wheat pita breads and for the gluten-free and dairy free friends I love my recipe for this Muffuletta Pizza. For our diabetic friends, I love to have a huge bowl of lettuces and a delicious Italian dressing and then they can just go wild adding all their pizza toppings to their own DIY salads.

What are you favorite pizza toppings? Come and join us for a fun DIY Pita Pizza Party.

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DIY Pita Pizza Party

By HWC Magazine  , , ,   

February 26, 2016

DIY Pita pizza party puts a smile on everyones face as they pile on their own toppings of grilled chicken, pestos, olives, fresh basil, feta or whatever your heart desires on top of a whole wheat pita bread and then baked to perfection.

  • Cook: 1 hr
  • Yields: 4 Adults or 1 Hungry Teenager


Grilled Chicken Breasts

chicken - 4 boneless skinless breasts

olive oil - 2 tablespoons

basil - 1 teaspoon

salt and pepper - to taste

garlic - 2 cloves chopped finely

Pizza crust and seasonings

pita breads - 1-2 per person (I used whole wheat)- (at least 3-4 if serving growing teenage boys)

olive oil - about 1/2 cup in a little bowl with a brush

garlic powder - just leave out the spice container

basil - just leave out the spice container

red pepper flakes - just leave out the spice container

salt and pepper - just leave out the spice container

Pizza toppings

basil pesto - 8 ounces (1 cup)

sun dried tomato pesto - 8 ounces (1 cup)

red pizza sauce - 8 ounces (1 cup)

olives - 8 ounces (1 cup) black or green sliced

artichokes - 8 ounces (1 cup) Sliced

bell peppers - 8 ounces (1 cup) chopped (fresh or roasted)

onion - 4 ounces (1/2 cup) chopped or sliced thin

feta - 8 ounces - crumbled

mozzarella - 12 ounces grated

pepperoni - 1/4 pound sliced really thin

fresh basil - large handful washed and removed from stem


1Slice your chicken breasts in half lengthwise and drizzle with olive oil, basil and salt and pepper on both sides. Pre-pare your grill. You can grill your chicken either on your outdoor grill or indoor grill pan. As you have cut your chicken thinner it should only take about 3 minutes on each side or just until the juices no longer run pink. (Do not overcook your chicken as they are going to baked as well on top of the pizza) Once cool enough to handle, slice thinly and set aside and keep warm.

2Preheat oven to 200 degrees celsius ( 390 degrees F) with a baking pan or a pizza stone heating up inside the oven.

3Assemble your DIY Pita Pizza Party items out on the kitchen counter/dining room table so it is easy for your guests to help themselves. Set out pita breads, olive oil, garlic powder, basil, red pepper flakes and salt and pepper. Then also set up your pizza topping such as your basil pesto, sun-dried tomato pesto, red marinara pizza sauce with spoons inside so that your guests can layer on their sauce of choice. Next lay out your jars or little bowls of chopped olives, artichokes, sliced grilled chicken, chopped bell peppers, onions, feta, mozzarella, pepperoni, fresh basil and/or whatever your little heart desires. I know that if I could find some spicy yellow banana pepper rings here in Asia that would have also been on my list too.

4Have your guests assemble their DIY Pita Pizza and then pop them in the oven for about 8-10 minutes or until the cheese is melty and slightly golden. I was able to bake 6 pita pizzas at a time but it depends on how big your oven is.

5Place your delicious baked DIY Pita Pizza on a cutting board and slice into fourths. Serve along with a big tossed salad and a little vino and enjoy!

  • This is the perfect dish for Friday, Bobbi! I love all the flavors you have brought together – delish! I can’t believe the cost of pizza there – and with tentacles! Beautiful photos, friend! Have a great weekend 🙂

  • What a brilliant idea Bam and like you say, everybody can put on exactly what they want.
    Have a beautiful weekend.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  • kitchenriffs

    Fun way to party! Load on the basil for me, please — really missing having fresh from our garden. Soon, though. 🙂 Great pictures, super read — thanks.

  • Wow on the price of pizza! I remember going to Japan once and shocked by prices for fruit! Good thing I skipped the pizza. ; )
    I love making improv pizza with things like tortilla, naan, or even an English muffin. Great idea to use pita and a DIY pizza party is great for kids and grownups alike. Enjoy the weekend ahead!

  • So awesome!! My kids would love this!

  • Oh wow – I had no clue pizza was that expensive over there! But, Bobbie, to be honest, I’d rather have YOUR DIY version that store bought anyway – love pita bases!

  • Whoa! That was some expensive pizza!!! I’m with Shashi – I’d pick your version anyway. And what a fun idea for kids (of all ages!!). Have a great weekend. xo

  • Wow, I had no idea pizza was so expensive in Hong Kong! Te pita pizzas you made look so good!

  • These pita pizzas are great for a gathering! Everyone can personalize their own using favorite ingredients. I think I would have flipped out after seeing that expensive pizza bill! Homemade is always better!

  • Buongiorno, BAM! Now, this is my kind of party! Years ago I may have ordered a few pizzas for a party but those days are long gone. So, too, are the nights I made large pizzas and brought them out to the hungry masses. Today, it’s make your own or starve! No one has starved — yet — and I’ve not heard any complains either. Even so, $120.00 for pizza is a crime!
    Hope you have a great week!

  • Your recipes always have the freshest looking ingredients. I’ve never made pita bread pizzas, but it’s a genius idea! Happy almost leap day!! 🙂

  • Yum!!! There is a restaurant near my house that does a bunch of different pita pizzas and I LOVE them! I haven’t made my own at home in forever though!

  • Love this! I’ve made pizza at home multiple times, but I love this way of personalizing them and being able to try different flavor combinations. Delish!!

  • Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen

    This DIY pita pizza sounds and looks wonderful, Bobbi. And what an awesome idea that everyone can have customize pizza. Soo good! Count me in! 🙂

  • I remember when the kids were little, Friday was always a pizza night. Your pizza is loaded with goodies, Bobbi. That would definitely put a smile on my face. Yummy! 🙂

  • Omg! You should open a pizza shop in HK – talk about a hot commodity! Bobbi, these diy pizza looks absolutely wonderful and the more gatherings I host, the more I’m all about letting people pick their own ingredients, that way everyone is happy 🙂

  • These are gorgeous little pizzas. We used to have pizza night also when the kids were young. Those were the days! Do you ever miss living in the States? Just curious-since I have you know who so far away!

  • I love homemade pizzas and if I had a choice I’d have an outside oven with an employee to make the fire. LOL Since that’s not going to happen, I’m going to try your pita pizzas. They all look delicious. No tentacles. $30 a pizza? wow!

  • Wow, so expensive in Hong Kong. Your mini pizzas looks delicious

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you and yes everything is so expensive here in Asia, well that is if you want to Western food and anything that is not local.

  • I love making homemade pizza’s with the kids. The best thing is they tend to eat all the toppings like pineapple and capsicum as they are making them so they are really filling up on things I want them to eat 🙂
    Your pizza look beautiful!

  • OMG $120 for just 4 pizzas!! This is crazy. DIY? for sure, you are a clever frugal girl. There is nothing easier and healthier than pita bread pizza. Loved all the combinations. Will share this on FB first thing in the morning 😉

  • Well there are two things that will stop me from ever buying pizza in Hong Kong – price and tentacles. 🙂 I love DIY pizza parties, but I’ve never used pita bread. What a great idea! Love all of your chosen ingredients, especially the pesto. Chicken and pesta pizza are a favorite! Great post Bobbi!

    • Bams Kitchen

      LOL MJ, seriously tentacles and corn on pizza? Really? My boys almost fainted when they saw this and I almost fainted after he told me the price. Wishing you a super week!

  • Delicious and inviting Pizza. I would love to make one myself

  • Hi Bobbi,

    This is such a delicious Mediterranean inspired pizza! I love mushrooms so I will add them to the recipe. I love all the ingredients you added. I will try to make it tomorrow for dinner. Thank you!


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