It’s impossible to make too many of these mini deep dish pizzas. They’re perfect for the big game or any get-together. They’re easy to make, and with a little imagination, you can make a variety of them to please anyone. We decided to go the simple route and just top these pizzas with cheese and mini pepperonis. We both thought they were fantastic.
Make sure you leave the mini deep dish pizzas in the oven long enough to get a bit of a crunchy crust on them. They’ll also get a bit more crunchy after you take them out of the oven and cool a bit.
Also try my homemade pizza rolls.
Mini Deep Dish Pizzas
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 32 mini-pizzas
- 4 8-inch flour tortillas
- 1 cup pizza sauce
- 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
- 36-48 mini pepperonis
- Dried Italian seasoning or oregano crumbled (optional)
- Dried red pepper flake optional
Preheat oven to 425 F.
Spray a muffin pan with non-stick spray.
Working in batches, cut the tortillas into 2" circles using a circular cookie cutter.
Press the tortillas into the bottom of the muffin tins.
Top with a little pizza sauce, the cheeses, pepperonis and seasonings.
Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the cheese has melted.
Let cool slightly before removing and serving.
There are some things were self-control just doesn’t happen for me. This smoked Chex™ mix is one of them. Put a big bowl of it in front of me and it’ll be gone soon. Specially the bagel chips. There’s something about the bagel chips in Chex™ mix, specially after they’ve been smoked. The smoke flavor is not overwhelming, but it’s there, and it’s different in a wonderful way. The smoke compliments traditional Chex ™ mix flavors perfectly.
The cereal in this smoked Chex™ definitely soaks up the smoke, so do not go crazy with the wood in your smoker. Use a very small chunk, smaller than would fit in your palm, and use only a lighter wood. No mesquite or hickory here, go for the lighter fruit woods.
For another great snack idea, try my smoked olives.
Smoked Chex™ Mix
For a slightly spicier version, add a few teaspoons of your favorite hot sauce to the melted butter and Worcestershire sauce mixture. Don't go crazy with it or the mix will take longer to get crispy.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 12 cups
- 3 cups Corn Chex cereal
- 3 cups Rice Chex cereal
- 3 cups Wheat Chex cereal
- 1 cup small pretzels or pretzel pieces
- 1 cup mixed nuts
- 1 cup small bagel chips
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 1/2 teaspoons seasoned salt I used some of my homemade mix, see below
- 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
Homemade seasoned salt (makes more than you'll need for the Chex mix)
- 1/2 cup Kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
Fire up your smoker for cooking at 250 F. Add only one small piece of light wood, such as apple or peach. If you are using a smoker that has a water pan, such as the Weber Smokey Mountain, do not fill the pan with water.
Combine the cereals, pretzels, nuts and bagel chips in a large bowl.
Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Add the Worcestershire sauce and stir.
Combine the seasoned salt, garlic powder and onion powder and slowly whisk into the melted butter.
Drizzle the butter mixture over the cereal and gently toss to coat.
Place into a disposable 9" x 13" deep aluminum pan and place on the top rack of the smoker.
Smoke for 1 hour or until the mixture turns golden brown, stirring every 15 minutes.
Remove and let cool completely before serving, or store for up to 2 weeks.
These shamrock Peeps Rice Krispies treats were fun to make…
…specially if you’re into watching poor little Peeps meet their demise in a hot pot! Anita hates when I do this to ‘them’.
Although I used green Peeps to make these for St. Patrick’s day, you can use any color, or even a combination of colors (don’t mix them together – let them melt in place). They taste just like your usual Rice Krispies treats. If you don’t have Peeps (they are now available year-round in some places), just use marshmallows and green food coloring.
Peeps melted down make for a fun syrup to add to any Rice Krispies treat.
Shamrock Peeps Rice Krispies Treats
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 40 Peeps 4 packages
- 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
Spray a 9" x 13" baking dish with non-stick spray.
Melt the butter over low heat in a large non-stick pot.
Add the Peeps to the pot and melt them, stirring occasionally. Do not overcook or the butter will burn.
Remove pot from heat and stir in the cereal.
Pour the mixture into a baking dish and spread it out. I used a spatula sprayed with non-stick spray to make it easier to spread out the cereal.
Let cool 30 minutes and cut into bars.