Mini deep dish muffin pizzas

Mini deep dish muffin pizzas

By 19/01/2015

"Pizza muffin? What exactly do you mean?"

I was kind of having an argument at home over the weekend.. and yes the debate went on for two days.  According to my hubby the word "muffin" is associated with something sweet and certainly not pizza..not at all pizza.

In fact because they are made in a muffin tin then I think you can call them pizza muffins. This is what has been going around the web for quite some time and they seem to be quite popular indeed.

On Friday, my usual pizza making day, I used half of my pizza dough to make these muffins.

They proved very popular with my children, no doubt partly due to being kind of cute finger food. Great if you are hosting a party or just want a snack.

You can make the dough yourself but if you are in a rush and you are up for a quick treat then store bought dough would do.. and don't think I am a purist and never ever use these things.

When time is tight and I need to prepare large amount of food for parties store bought dough is heaven..it kind of saves my life!

  • Prep Time : 20 minutes
  • Cook Time : 15-20 minutes
  • Yield : makes 12 pizzas

Ingredients

Instructions

Make your pizza dough (unless using store bought one) using half doses following the instructions here.

I made mine the night before (and I often do if I need to go somewhere in the morning). It always looks like this: lots of bubbles and very sticky, I love to dip my finger in it!

pizza dough

On a lightly floured surface work the dough energetically until it is smooth and elastic, now it is ready to use.

pizza dough

With a rolling pin flatten your dough and cut out some circles with a pastry cutter or with a glass. Always help yourself with some flour as often the dough is sticky.

cutting dough

Grease your muffin tray with a little oil then place each circle into the muffin holes pressing gently.

mini pizza bases

Put a tbsp of tomato sauce on each dough cup.

tomato sauce

Now put some shredded mozzarella or cheese of your choice (about 2 tsp) in each hole, some shredded basil leaves and your favorite topping. I like mines with olives, mushrooms  and sundried tomatoes.

Cook at 200C / 392 Fahrenheit for 15-20 minutes until the edges are golden brown.

pizza topping

mini deep pizza muffin

mini pizza muffin

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11 Responses to Mini deep dish muffin pizzas

  1. gloria

    Buon giorno Alida!
    I love these cute mini pizzas you made!
    I bookmarked this recipe is lovely!
    Gloria

    • Alida

      Grazie cara e buona giornata! xx

  2. Lucy @ BakingQueen74

    these little pizzas look lovely, I bet my kids will love them too! Going to try them for the next birthday party

  3. Pam

    Perfect! They look and sound delicious and would be a winner at the Super Bowl Party. Thanks for the recipe! YUM!

  4. Dottie Sauchelli Balin

    Hi Alida,
    Wow, I guess you won the argument! You can make pizza muffins…they look amazing! I love the idea of making them so small, like you said a perfect finger food for not only children but adults as well…I want some now! I was laughing when you said that you liked to put your finger in and feel the dough. I have done that numerous times as I love the feel of it too. Another fabulous dish from your kitchen..Good for Meatless Fridays as Lent is approaching. Thanks for sharing my friend…Have a great week!
    Dottie 🙂

  5. Alison

    I love the look of these. They would be perfect for parties and also great as a quick lunch. I know my son would love them.

  6. la cucina di Molly

    Che bontà, mi piace l’idea delle mini pizze, ottime per un buffet! Un abbraccio!

  7. Louise

    I’m inclined to agree with your husband on this one, Alida. Some of the recipes I have seen for “Pizza” just hit me the wrong way. I guess I think of how my father would react to some of these combinations. However, I think anything that gets kids to have fun with their food and encourages them to eat a bit healthier can be called anything! As my father use to say, “just don’t call me late for supper.”

    Thank you so much for sharing, Alida…If pizza means pie actually, then I guess you could call these pie muffins, lol…

  8. Kate - Gluten Free Alchemist

    I’ve been looking forward to seeing your version. They are beautiful…. as always! I am VERY impressed with you amazing pizza dough. What an incredible texture….

  9. Diana

    So cute!!! And you correct! Perfect for a party….

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