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Gourmet Asks the Toughest Critics in the World to Test Pizza: Kids

Gourmet Pizza

I miss Gourmet magazine so much, but I am thrilled that at least they have the brand going with their Gourmet Live website and iPad app. I was so honored last week when they invited me to become a Gourmet Socialvore, a blogger who will contribute to their site. As I was discussing their recent posts I noticed the one on pizza and asked how the taste test went. A taste taste of pizza run by children, that must have been so much fun! It was, they said, the kids were testing the new pizzas from the Gourmet Italian Kitchen. I asked Maddie Donnelly to share the results and the recipes with The Family Kitchen today because I know we all love a great a homemade pizza recipe, right? And, to think, these are not only great recipes they are kid approved – double win!

Contributor: Maddie Donnelly, Gourmet Live

For parents who end up throwing a frozen pizza in the oven at least one night a week to feed the fam, we have some exciting news.

We put five of the pizza recipes from the new Gourmet Italian Kitchen magazine to the test. But rather than asking food critics or chefs for their ratings, we checked in with the tiny people whose opinions often matter most when it comes to home cooking: Kids. And the results astounded us.

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The winning pizza, handily beating out even a classic mozzarella and tomato version—and given loads of “Awesome!” votes for taste—was Gourmet Italian’s Pizza with Fontina, Prosciutto, and Arugula.

The crispy, crunchy crust, soft, gooey fontina cheese, and thinly sliced prosciutto topping won our young audience over. Turns out, if you don’t tell the kids it’s fancy prosciutto, they assume it’s regular old lunch meat and go to town.

We went light on the greens but didn’t hear any complaints there either. As 7-year-old Franklin told us, “It’s awesome! And I didn’t even have to take anything off of it!

“He’s only in his life ever had plain pizza,” one of the moms said, referring to her 6-year-old son, whom she has dubbed “Picky Eater Iain.” “We had a talk about trying new things last night, but I never thought he would. This is a big breakthrough.”

For a breakthrough of your own, and a nice Friday night activity with the kids, opt for Gourmet’s Italian Kitchen fast, healthy, hit pizza recipe. Best of all, it only takes 30 minutes to make from start to finish. That’s even less time than a deliveryman can guarantee.

More from Gourmet Live for Family Kitchen readers:

All photos reprinted with permission by Gourmet Live. Photo Credit: Chris Gentile

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