Delicious and Easy Mini-Pizzas

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  • Serving Size: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/4 oz. yeast
  • 1 1/3 cups warm water
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Directions

  1. Stir together yeast and warm water in a small bowl; set aside for 5 minutes.

    Mix together the flour, salt, sugar and olive oil in a large bowl, or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook. Optionally, add dried herbs like basil, oregano or rosemary. Stir in the yeast water. Knead with the dough hook or by hand on a well floured surface for about 5 minutes. If using the stand mixer, once finished kneading, remove dough from bowl and shape into a large ball by hand.

  2. Oil two bowls lightly with olive oil and set aside. Divide the dough into two pieces and roll into balls. Place each ball into the oiled bowls, seam side down, and coat the tops with a little olive oil. Top each bowl with plastic wrap or a clean, dry towel and place the dough in a warm place (I use an oven preheated to 250 degrees F, then turned off). Let rise 2 hours.

  3. Once risen, either use immediately by turning dough out onto a floured surface and shaping. Or, wrap dough in plastic wrap, then a plastic bag, and freeze or refrigerate to use later.

  4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

    Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or nonstick aluminum foil. Place pizza dough on a well-floured surface, press dough firmly with your fingers to shape, and stretch gently into a 12” x 8” rectangle.

  5. With a round cutter, cut dough into 18-20 rounds; place rounds 1 inch apart on baking sheet. Top each with pizza sauce, cheese, and your desired toppings.

  6. Bake mini pizzas for 8-10 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Serve immediately.

Pizza is one of the most popular and versatile foods there today. The crust can be made from just about anything- from French bread to English muffins to tortillas, the sauce can be just as creative, and the toppings take the medal for most variety. It’s difficult to find someone who doesn’t like pizza; it can be catered to almost anyone. Making homemade pizza can also be a family fun activity to do. Now, everyone’s favorite food has gone mini.  Rather than making one large pizza, this recipe is for is for mini pizzas. These are easier to eat and serve at a party, and each mini pizza can be as similar or different as you like. Remember: you can be as creative as you like with this recipe and add or omit any ingredients, types of cheese, sauce etc. 

Topping Ideas
· Cheese: Mozzarella, Mexican cheese, Asiago, Parmesan, Romano, bleu cheese, feta, provolone
· Meat: Chicken, Italian sausage, bacon, ham, beef, chorizo, pepperoni, prosciutto, shrimp
· Vegetables: Tomatoes, artichokes, roasted red peppers, onions, green peppers, jalapenos, spinach, cherry tomatoes, olives, mushrooms, banana peppers, squash, sweet corn, peas, avocado
· Other: Pineapple chunks, black beans, fresh basil, garlic, sprouts, capers

More about your pizza crust...

The type of crust that you choose to create makes a huge difference in the outcome of your pizza recipe.  Thin crust and thick crust pizzas are very different and the one you choose depends on the occasion, the preferences of your guests, and the toppings you plan to use in your recipe.

It is important to consider the occasion when you are choosing what kind of crust to use for your pizza recipe.  Thick crust is a great option if it is cold outside and you have hungry guests who are craving a hearty meal of pizza and beer.  A thin crust may be more appropriate if you are planning a light meal during the summertime, accompanied by a salad and white wine.

We strive to bring you the best recipes for all pizza, no matter what kind of crust you choose.  We hope that you enjoy all of the recipes that you find on this site and that you will continue to visit pizzamenu.com for all of your pizza making needs.

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