Mini Deep Dish Pizzas

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.
Mini Deep Dish PizzasMake 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

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. 
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Main
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 32 mini-pizzas
Calories 43kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 8-inch flour tortillas
  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan grated
  • 36-48 mini pepperonis
  • dried Italian seasoning or oregano, crumbled (optional)
  • dried red pepper flake optional

Instructions

  • 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 43kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 152mg | Potassium: 44mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 57IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Muffaletta Flatbread Pizza

True story: I often dream about muffaletta sandwiches. They have the perfect combination of flavors. Smoky provolone. Cured meats. Fantastic olive salad. This muffaletta flatbread pizza takes all those great flavors (and more) and puts it on a bite-sized crunchy slice. Perfect for a party, perfect for any time!
Muffaletta Flatbread PizzaI make my own olive salad when I have time. It’s completely amazing, and definitely one of my favorite things to make. No matter if you use homemade or store-bought, make sure you drain the salad a bit before using it. You want a bit of the great olive oil flavor, but you don’t want a soggy pizza.

Also try my white garlic chicken flatbread pizza. For a great side dish, try my muffaletta pasta salad.

Muffaletta Flatbread Pizza

This flatbread pizza takes all the great flavors of a muffaletta and puts it on a bite-sized crunchy slice. Perfect for a party, perfect for any time!
Course Main or Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 pizzas
Calories 435kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

Toppings (divide equally between the two flatbreads)

  • Olive salad drained just slightly
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese Mozzarella, provolone, Italian blend, whatever you prefer
  • 3 slices Provolone cheese cut into strips
  • 3 slices salami cut into strips or chopped
  • 3 slices Mortadella cut into strips or chopped
  • 3 slices Capicolla Prosciutto, or smoked ham, cut into strips or chopped
  • 1/4 cup artichoke hearts small, drained, chopped

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 F.
  • Place flatbreads on baking sheets and bake for 2 minutes. Flip and bake for another 2 minutes to get crusts slightly crunchy. Remove and let cool slightly.
  • Spread olive salad on to the flatbreads. Get a little of the yummy juice on them but not too much or they will be soggy.
  • Add remaining ingredients.
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes or until cheese has melted and crust is crunchy.
  • Place under broiler for 30 seconds or so if you want a little char on the toppings.
  • Slice and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 435kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 1464mg | Potassium: 216mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 440IU | Calcium: 369mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

White Garlic Chicken Pizza

This white garlic chicken pizza reminded me that I really need to eat more white sauce pizza. I usually opt for red, making my own sauce, but the creamy, garlicky, cheesy sauce on this pizza was fantastic. Black olives, shallot, moist and tender chicken and Mozzarella topped it all off delicious bite-after-bite.
White Garlic Chicken PizzaI used chicken that I had roasted on my Char-Broil Big Easy when making this white garlic chicken pizza, but any cooked chicken will do. Grab a rotisserie chicken next time you’re at the store and shred or chop it. Perfect.

Also try my BBQ chicken and muffaletta flatbread pizzas.

White Garlic Chicken Pizza

This white garlic chicken pizza reminded me that I really need to eat more white sauce pizza.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 pizzas
Calories 581kcal

Ingredients

For the white garlic pizza sauce

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano dried
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

For the pizza

  • 2 10 inch pizza crusts
  • 10 ounces cooked chicken shredded, chopped or cubed
  • 2 medium shallots sliced thin
  • black olives sliced
  • mozzarella cheese
  • parsley chopped, for garnish, if desired

Instructions

For the white garlic pizza sauce

  • Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat.
  • Stir in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Whisk in the flour, pepper, salt and oregano. Cook for 30 seconds.
  • Slowly add the milk while whisking.
  • Remove from heat and add the cheese. Stir to melt.
  • Use sauce immediately.

For the pizza

  • Preheat oven per package instructions.
  • Spread sauce out on both crusts.
  • Add chicken, shallots and olives, followed by the cheese.
  • Bake until the crusts are crisp, golden brown, and the cheese is melted.
  • Garnish with parsley, slice and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 581kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 51g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 166mg | Sodium: 861mg | Potassium: 638mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 808IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 482mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

French Bread Pizza Rustica

Don’t let the fact that this French bread pizza rustica doesn’t have a sauce on it throw you off. Every bite is incredible. All of your favorite toppings, but with a little twist. Spinach. Yes, spinach. You can play around with the toppings, substituting whatever suits your fancy, but don’t leave out the spinach.
French Bread Pizza RusticaI’ve found variations on this French bread pizza rustica online, and some have you cook the vegetables a bit before putting them onto the bread. I opted to skip that step. We found the slightly crunchy (they do cook a bit in the oven) vegetables to be perfect. If you do want to cook the vegetables, just add to the skillet after you cook the Italian sausage and saute for about 5 minutes.

Also make my baked Italian sub pizza.

French Bread Pizza Rustica

Don’t let the fact that this French bread pizza rustica doesn’t have a sauce on it throw you off. Every bite is incredible. 
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 949kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf French bread
  • 1 pound Italian sausage
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 small red bell pepper seeded, chopped
  • 1/2 small green bell pepper seeded, chopped
  • 1 small red onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 12 ounce spinach frozen chopped spinach, defrosted, squeezed dry
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups Ricotta
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan grated
  • 1/2 stick pepperoni chopped
  • 4 cups cheese Mozzarella and Provolone, shredded
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes or more

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 425 F.
  • Split the bread lengthwise. Optionally, hollow out the loaf by removing some of the bread. Love toppings? Hollow it out. Want less topping? Don't hollow it out. (You might have topping left over).
  • Crumble sausage into a large skillet with the oil and cook until done.
  • Remove and let cool. Optionally, transfer sausage to a food processor and pulse a few times to make the meat finer.
  • Transfer meat to a large bowl.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and stir.
  • Spread mixture out onto the bread halves.
  • Place bread on baking sheets and bake for 10-15 minutes or until the bread is crunchy and the cheese starts to melt. Place under the broiler to brown lightly if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 949kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 64g | Saturated Fat: 32g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 177mg | Sodium: 1623mg | Potassium: 493mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1463IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 875mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

BBQ Chicken Pizza

Oh me how happy was I with this pizza? Darned happy, that’s how happy! All of my favorite things. Crunchy pizza crust. Moist, tender chicken, cheese, smoky BBQ sauce, and of course, some heat! BBQ chicken pizza was a big hit in our household, that’s for sure!
BBQ Chicken PizzaBBQ chicken pizza is also the easiest, tastiest way to use up leftover cooked chicken. You can also make this same recipe using leftover pulled pork or smoked brisket.

I used a smoky, hickory-flavored BBQ sauce since the chicken I used was roasted and didn’t have that much smoky flavor. If I was going to use smoked pork or beef I’d use a sauce without a smoky flavor since there’s already enough of that in the meat.

Also try my white garlic chicken pizza.

BBQ Chicken Pizza

Oh me how happy was I with this pizza? Darned happy, that’s how happy! All of my favorite things.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 1 pizza
Calories 1859kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 1 large pizza crust
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce use a thinner, hickory-flavored sauce for the best results
  • 10 ounces chicken cooked, chopped or shredded
  • 1/4 cup red onion sliced
  • 1/3 cup smoked mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1/3 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • roasted jalapenos chopped, or substitute sliced pickled jalapenos
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro chopped, for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat oven per pizza crust instructions.
  • Brush some of the BBQ sauce over the pizza crust.
  • Combine chicken and BBQ sauce. Spread evenly over the crust.
  • Add onion, cheeses, and jalapenos.
  • Bake per crust instructions.
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro, slice and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 1859kcal | Carbohydrates: 256g | Protein: 80g | Fat: 56g | Saturated Fat: 25g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 161mg | Sodium: 4134mg | Potassium: 708mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 56g | Vitamin A: 1070IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 809mg | Iron: 13mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Breakfast Pizza

I was digging around in the bottom of the fridge when I came across a tub of pizza dough. A quick check of the freezer found that I didn’t have any pizza sauce. And no ‘normal’ pizza toppings in the fridge, either. Well, I figured that this was the opportune time to make a breakfast pizza. I can’t say I went into the project with great optimism. Well, I’ve been wrong before. This breakfast pizza was easy to make and came out tasting fantastic. It was a welcomed twist on a regular ole pizza.
Breakfast PizzaOf course you can add more toppings. Such as crumbled cooked breakfast sausage. Roasted red bell peppers. Salsa. Hot sauce.  Jalapeno slices. Use my version of breakfast pizza as sort of a canvas for whatever you want to do. You can’t mess it up. Also make my breakfast po boy and my egg McMuffin casserole.

Breakfast Pizza

This breakfast pizza was easy to make and came out tasting fantastic. It was a welcomed twist on a regular ole pizza.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 770kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 tube refrigerated pizza crust
  • 1/2 cup bacon coarsely chopped
  • 6 eggs beaten
  • 4 ounces cream cheese cubed
  • 2 cups pepperjack cheese shredded
  • 1/4 cup red onion thinly sliced
  • cilantro chopped, optional

Instructions

  • Open dough and prepare per package instructions but bake only 4-6 minutes until the crust just starts to ge crusty. Remove from oven.
  • Cook bacon over medium heat in a large skillet.
  • Drain all but 1 teaspoon of the drippings.
  • Add eggs, lower heat to medium low, and cook, stirring constantly, until just starting to set.
  • Remove from heat and sprinkle egg over cooked dough.
  • Drop cubes of cream cheese onto crust. Add the pepperjack, red onion and bacon.
  • Return to oven and bake 10-13 more minutes or until the cheeses have melted and the crust is crunchy and golden brown.
  • Remove from heat and garnish with cilantro.

Nutrition

Calories: 770kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 48g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 347mg | Sodium: 1390mg | Potassium: 249mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1183IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 490mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutritional values are approximate.