Party-Friendly Mini Pizza Bites
Mini pizzas. They were a staple on Saturday nights when I was kid. My mom and dad would cut up all of my favourite toppings-usually a mix of mushroom, green pepper and onions-and then I would slather English muffins with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese and a ton of veggies.
As an adult, I love to replicate recipes that my parents showed me how to make. These Party-Friendly Mini Pizza Bites are the perfect injection of childhood fun for a grown-up get-together. Everyone gets to have a taste of what they like, and they are great in that they cater to everybody's dietary restrictions in a no-fuss manner.
Have you ever ordered pizza with a group, and no one can seem to agree on pizza toppings? I have a pretty big family, and there are some people who don't eat red meat, some who are vegetarian, some who are meat lovers and even some who insist on pineapple and hot peppers as toppings! With so many different demands, we always end up with pizzas that are half and half, and a couple people typically have to compromise on what they want and eat what the majority ends up deciding. Well, these Mini Pizza Bites are great news for picky eaters (like myself!) 😉
I have to say that one big flaw with my parents' pizza was the fact that we were using English muffins. If they weren't toasted beforehand, they would get all soggy and mushy, or they would become too crisp and just be too far from what a pizza crust should be. In fact, whenever I make a pizza with anything but a traditional dough, I always feel like I'm compromising in some way or another. I have pizzas on pitas during the week when I need a quick dinner, but a pita just doesn't mimic a crunchy, crisp crust.
This is where the pizza dough comes in. Nathalie suggested I try a cookie cutter on the pizza dough and my life literally changed. The result was small, equally sized pizzas, with the same crunch and flavour as a traditional pizza. We've discovered that the best way to make pizza in the oven is to heat the oven as high as possible (around 500 degrees), and heat the pizza stone up in the oven with the pizza so that you end up with a crisp, pizzeria-style pizza crust that is crunchy and fresh tasting.
I made four different kinds of Mini Pizza Bites: Red pepper, red onion & pesto; Pepperoni, mushroom & green pepper; Pizza Blanco with arugula & prosciutto; and Margherita-style with bocconcini cheese, cherry tomatoes & fresh basil.
These are just some of my fave pizza flavours and it's really up to you to customize your pizzas how you like them! I personally just looove variety and having ton of options is important to me with any sort of cuisine.