Sunday, May 26, 2013

Muffin Pan Pizzas

What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have yet to be discovered.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
...and I have discovered many of these prolific plants this weekend and am looking for their virtues!

Muffin Pan Pizza-Kid Friendly
This recipe appealed to me on several levels: 
It can be served an appetizer as well as a main meal
It is a unique way to bake a pizza crust 
The muffin pan pizza can be assembled and cooked within 30 minutes
Only 5 ingredients are needed
It can be versatile depending on the ingredients you use
  • 1 jar of pizza sauce
  • 1 refrigerated tube pizza crust
  • crumbled meat
  • Parmesan cheese and Colby Jack cheese or mozzarella cheese

Cook's notes: The recipe has been adapted from May/June 2013 
A 12 muffin cup pan is good for appetizers and you will need 2 pans same size
 If using the recipe as a main meal use the 6 cup muffin tins and will need 2 pans same size 
  • Preheat oven 450
  • Purchased pizza dough in a tube should be at room temperature
  • Spray the inside of the cups of a 12 cup or 6 cup muffin pan and the outside of a second 12 cup or 6 cup muffin pan
  • If making 12 pizzas divide dough into 12 round ball pieces with floured hands
  • If making 6 pizzas divide dough into 6 round ball pieces with floured hands
  • Flatten dough balls and form dough around the outside cups

Invert the second muffin pan and press over the shaped dough
6 cup muffin pan-bake @ 450 for 8 minutes  
12 cup muffin pan bake @450 6 minutes
Remove inverted pan and place pizza muffin cups back in oven for 2 minutes
Remove and fill each muffin cup with 1-2 TB pizza sauce, crumbled Italian sausage or pepperoni, grated ColbyJack cheese and Parmesan cheese
Return to oven and bake 12 cups muffin cups 8 minutes or 6 cup muffin cups 7 minutes
Watch carefully to make sure crust does not overcook  
I thought this was a great easy meal for a holiday weekend which left me more time for gardening.  

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