As you know, we are BIG fans of the pizza.
We enjoy sharing our lists of favourite foods at the dinner table sometimes. And pizza? Always near the top of each of our lists.
I wanted to try something new with pizza – even though sometimes my new recipe attempts are met with less-than-5-star reviews. My children can be tough critics.
I found this recipe on Pinterest for Mini Deep Dish Pizzas from E is for Eat. I was intrigued.
Because Mini = cute. And deep dish pizza = delicious.
Am I right?
I started with my Super-Fast Pizza Crust. The original recipe used refrigerated crust so that is an option, but I prefer the taste of homemade. The crust was nice and soft with a golden exterior.
After making the dough and letting in rise, roll it out on a floured surface and cut it into 12 equal pieces. Make each piece into a ball.
Roll them out into small circles…
and fit them into the cups of a greased muffin pan. The crust should puff again as you build the mini deep dish pizzas.
I sprinkled a little cheese inside each cup – the original author said she thought it may prevent the crust from getting soggy. And I figure you can’t go wrong by adding cheese, right? I topped that with about 1/2 tablespoon of tomato sauce.
Then add the toppings on top of the sauce.
Then top with more cheese before you pop them in the oven.
One batch of Super-Fast Pizza Crust made 12 mini pizzas.
These would be perfect for an appetizer for game day or a get-together – anywhere that you want a bite of pizza without carrying around a full slice. They would also be great as a snack or a main course – we paired ours with raw veggies sticks and made a meal of them.
They would be great for portion control – if they weren’t so tasty and irresistible.
- pizza crust refrigerated or homemade (I used my own Super-Fast Pizza Crust - recipe on the blog) sometimes I season it with 1/2 tsp garlic powder and 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- about 2 cups grated mozzarella (sometimes I use some cheddar too)
- approximately 3/4 cup of tomato sauce
- your favourite pizza toppings
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees
- grease or spray muffin pans
- roll out pizza dough to about 1/4 inch thinkness
- use cookie cutter to cut out round (ish) shapes or cut into 12 pieces and roll again to spread the dough into small round circles
- place the dough in the muffin cups and allow the dough to come up the sides
- sprinkle a little cheese in the bottom of each cup
- top each with 1/2 tablespoon of tomato sauce
- add your choice of toppings and top with more cheese
- Bake about 12 minutes, or until crust is puffed and golden
- remove from pans immediately
I had to promise to make more.
And I had a request to make them for our New Year’s Eve Snackapaloosa.
They were THAT GOOD.
Another great thing? It is pizza so it is totally customizable. Choose your own toppings to make your own unique deep dish pizza combinations.
One tip: When they come out of the oven, remove the mini pizzas from the muffin pans immediately. If you let them cool in the pan – like I did with the first batch – you will end up with a muffin pan that needs soaking/scrubbing. And no one’s got time for that.
I will definitely be making these again soon.
What is your favourite party/snack appetizer?