Mini Deep Dish Pizzas

After all of our travels, and then a weekend at the lake with my parents, I was ready to settle back in at home and cook some comforting food. Pizza is always a winner here, so I was excited about the mini deep dish pizzas in the muffin tin cooking section of Sept Everyday Food. There’s something about muffin tin cooking that just excites the kid in me. When I got my first kids’ Betty Crocker cookbook, I remember I made muffin tin meatloaf and I thought it was the best thing ever!

This recipe was simple and flexible. Martha says to start with 1/2 lb of pizza dough. The bag I bought at the store was 1 lb 12 oz and I bought wheat. She says to break it into 6 pieces – mine ended up in 18 pieces. Roll each piece out to about 6 inches and then fill the tin with it. Mine were all crazy shaped but it didn’t matter once you put them in the tins. Then you fill them. In some I put about 1 1/2 tbsp of sauce then cheese to top it. In others I put 2 sliced cherry tomatoes, a dollop of goat cheese and some little pieces of mushroom, broccoli and herbs. Another one was pizza sauce and feta cheese and mushrooms. Teen Martha put some shredded chicken in hers. Dude Martha used pepperoni and anchovy paste.

Bake in the oven at 450 for about 11 minutes. One tray of mine took a little longer. Everyone loved making this and eating it. Without me even telling him the name of the recipe, Mr. MarthaAndMe said, “this is like deep-dish pizza.” They weren’t even messy to eat, and Dude Martha and his buddy who was over ate them with their hands.

Major thumbs up on this one – terrific for kids to help with and eat. It was more work than pizza though because you have to roll out each individual piece of dough, but it is nicely customizable for each person, which can be a big bonus when you’re faced with people who have pizza preferences!

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21 Responses to Mini Deep Dish Pizzas

  1. Very interesting idea. I think anything baked in a muffin tin is an instant hit. People really like having their own individual item and when it’s pizza to boot…what’s not to love? Excellent post!

  2. marthaandme says:

    There’s something so appealing about it. There is a whole section of recipes like these in the issue and I’m probably going to try most of them, so my muffin pans will be getting a workout.

  3. Whoa – love this. What a great idea. Love that you can change toppings and be flexible. Thanks, Brette.

  4. chichimama says:

    I made this one too, and it was a huge hit with everyone. Any, double bonus, they froze well and are perfect to pack in a lunchbox!

  5. John says:

    pizza in a muffin tin? genius!

  6. Sheryl says:

    This is fabulous; a must-try. I would never have thought of a muffin pan for a deep-dish individual pizza!
    Here’s a good use for a (mini) muffin tin: line them with wanton wrappers, brush w/oil and bake; fill w/salsa and chopped shrimp, or whatever filling you like. They make great appetizers.

  7. Alexandra says:

    I like the addition of the cherry tomatoes. Kids must love these.

  8. marthaandme says:

    That sounds great too!

  9. Kerry says:

    like the idea, and the story too.. but I really like making my own pizza dough, so I can customize that too!

  10. marthaandme says:

    I do that sometimes too, but only if I think of it in time!

  11. I will have to try this. They look like pizza muffins, and what could be better than that?

  12. Frugal Kiwi says:

    We make our own thin crust pizza from scratch, but this sounds like a fun alternative. I know that Frugal Man’s son would love to give this a go.

  13. I love this — the idea that cooking can be fun for the family. And who doesn’t love pizza?

  14. That looks so tasty and fun for kids. I gotta try this.

  15. I love homemade pizza dough of all sorts and kinds.

  16. Jane Boursaw says:

    These are so cool! I never think of stuff like this, which is why I love this blog, Brette.

  17. Welcome back from all your travels! My kids LOVE it when I make pizza. I know this sounds crazy but we’ve never thought of making mini pizzas. Now I’m inspired.

  18. Guess what the husband is getting for dinner next week?? (Although he’s so boring, his will just be filled with sauce and cheese. zzzzzz.)

  19. marthaandme says:

    Should be fun! And you can dress yours up if you want to without offending his sensibilities!

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