Convenience is paramount today, and one of the main reasons pizza has become so popular. Easy-to-eat, single slice versatility has helped make the pizza one of America’s favorite foods. Regardless of how handy they are to eat, there are still some people who think traditional pizzas can be too much food to eat or prepare at times. Why cook a whole pizza when you are only hungry enough for a single slice? And just how fresh will that last slice be after four days in the fridge anyway?
By the time the typical bachelor finishes a leftover delivery pie by himself at home, the freshness factor will have faded quite a bit. Those reheated day-old pizza slices can be a handy convenient snack, but the trade-off is obviously freshness and flavor. Pizza is a great treat when you’re entertaining too, but sometimes not everyone wants the same toppings and things can get a bit messy when everyone is grabbing from the same plate.
There is a solution to this dilemma. You can have your pizza and eat it all too. That is, if it is a Mini Pizza. Mini pizzas can solve a multitude of problems. Just like their larger cousins, mini pizzas can be made with any toppings, but everyone can have their own favorite. Leftovers are less of a problem too, as minis are usually eaten completely, or not at all. Mini pizzas are natural party pleasers and they can be made in just minutes. If you’re not exactly sure how many minis you’ll need, it is easy to prepare them in advance and then simply bake them in small batches as needed. Mini pizzas are perfect for guests, kids love them and cooks appreciate the easy prep and minimal kitchen requirements.
Mini Pizza Prep:
Building mini pizzas is a process of getting maximum enjoyment out of minimum effort. All that’s needed are a couple of frozen pizzas rounds or prepared pizza dough from the supermarket and a suitable size round cookie cutter. The toppings involved are up to personal choice of course, but whatever you happen to have on hand is likely to work just fine.
One pound of prepared pizza dough will usually be enough dough to make about three dozen mini pizzas depending on the thickness desired. Let the dough come up to room temperature and then roll it out on a lightly floured surface to prevent sticking. Use a 2-inch (or similar size) round cookie cutter and cut circles out of your sheet of dough.
Set the mini dough circles on a lightly oiled baking sheet so that they do not touch each other and leave a little space for expansion. Top each mini with one teaspoon of your preferred tomato sauce, shredded mozzarella cheese and sprinkle liberally with the toppings of your choice. Mini pizzas are usually better if the main toppings ingredients are cut or chopped into smaller pieces than they would be on a normal pizza. This creates mini toppings that are proportionally correct on a small pizza. Mixing up the topping combinations is a natural here too. Finish off the process by baking your mini’s in a preheated oven at 450 degrees for about 5 to 10 minutes. That’s all there is to it!