Tuesday, August 26, 2014

{VIDEO} Mini Deep Dish Muffin Tin Pizzas (Pepperoni, BBQ Chicken & more!)

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These individual sized deep dish pizzas, baked in a muffin tin, create a perfect appetizer platter, make an adorable finger food option at parties, a great make-ahead lunch box item, and are a simple and fun 'kid friendly' activity for adults and children alike. The best part is, they are cheap, quick, and super easy to make!

Pizza is my all time favorite food. I like every kind of pizza from delivery, to frozen pizza, to NY style, to deep dish. I like meat pizza, veggie pizza... tomato sauce to bbq sauce; as long as it is extra cheesy! 

 
To make these little pizza's, roll out some pizza crust dough and cut out circles of dough- I used the cap of a peanut butter jar.


 
Press dough into a muffin pan.


Brush dough with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic powder and Italian seasonings if desired.


Spoon sauce onto each dough cup, and spread up the sides. 


Top with shredded cheese.


Pile on the toppings!

Bake and top with a sprinkling on Parmesan cheese.



Mini Deep Dish Pizzas

Yield: 9 mini deep dish pizzas

Ingredients
  • 10 oz. refrigerated pizza crust dough
  • olive oil, for brushing pan and dough
  •  garlic powder and Italian seasonings, optional
  • 1/2 cup sauce (pizza sauce, bbq sauce, pesto sauce, etc), more as needed
  • 1/2-3/4 cup toppings (pepperoni, chopped bbq chicken and red onion, veggies, etc)
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (or cheese blend of choice), more as needed
  • garnish (Parmesan cheese, red pepper flakes, fresh cilantro, etc), optional
Directions

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Brush 9 wells, of a standard size muffin/cupcake pan with olive oil.

Roll out pizza crust dough to desired thickness. Use a large biscut cutter (or rim of a peanut butter jar) to cut out 9 circles of dough, and press into bottom and up sides of muffin pan. Brush dough with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic powder and Italian seasonings, if desired.

Spoon a scant tablespoon of sauce onto each dough cup, and spread up the sides. Top with shredded cheese and toppings of choice.

Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until edges start to turn golden brown. Transfer to wire rack for 2-4 minutes before removing from pan. Serve warm.

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 Here is a photo tutorial of an alternative way to make these, where I added the cheese on top of the toppings, instead of the toppings over the cheese, to really stuff these pizzas full of as much bqq chicken as possible! I made BBQ chicken pizzas for the recipe below, but you can use this technique for any kind of pizza variation.



Brush 9 wells, of a standard size muffin/cupcake pan with olive oil. Roll out pizza crust dough to desired thickness, dough will expand during baking (I stretched my dough pretty thin). Use a large biscut cutter (or rim of a peanut butter jar) to cut out 9 circles of dough, and press into bottom and up sides of muffin pan.


Spoon a scant tablespoon of sauce onto each dough cup, and spread up sides.

 

Add chicken and finely chopped red onion or desired "toppings".


Top with shredded cheese. I like a lot of cheese on my pizza, so I really piled it on, but you can use as much as you like, depending on your preference.


Bake for 10-12 minutes, until edges start to turn golden brown.


Top with chopped fresh cilantro and transfer to wire rack for 2-4 minutes before removing from pan. Serve immediately.


Serve and enjoy!

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7 comments:

  1. these look sooo yummy! great idea :) and easy to follow. I love pictures!

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  2. I just made these tonight and they were amazing... :D butttt my dough wouldn't stay up on the walls of my cupcake pans. The oil made it so slick that it kept falling down, I improvised so they still turned out deep dish-ish lol. Is there something I can do to fix this though in the future?

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  3. It might not be that the oil is making it too slick, but it is probably that when you press the dough up the sides, it stretches and then shrinks back to it's original cut size. You can try cutting larger circles and then stuffing them into the cupcake pan so you wont have to try and stretch the dough while it is already in the pan, since pizza dough tends to shrink right back when you try and stretch it. Let me know if this helps and feel free to post a picture of your little pizzas on our facebook wall or here in the comment box, we would love to see how they turned out!

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  4. just put these in the oven .. my dough wouldn't stay up either in the pan so its not just u .. I even tried sprinkle of flour still didn't help .. we shall see how they look when they are done

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  5. Love these! I have made them 3 times now. I use a homemade BBQ sauce. I have tried it with Kraft bbq sauce and it was not good. I am making 8 (2 dozen) batches today for a freezer meal group. Yum!

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  6. So glad you loved the mini pizzas!! I bet they were incredible with homemade bbq sauce! ....And, WOW, 8 batchs of 24?! What a lucky group you have! Be sure to email over a photo of your GIANT batch today, I would love to see how they turn out and feature you on the site and the Dollhouse Bake Shoppe Facebook page as a Featured Fan Photo!

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  7. I am making these right now for my freezer exchange group! I think they will be perfect to pull out for lunches!

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