Pizza. It’s the magic word, right? A few weeks ago, after a horrendous day, my boyfriend sent me a text asking if it was OK if he picked up a pizza on the way home from work instead of me cooking. Is there any other way to answer that other than absolutely yes? I didn’t think so. I mean, a text of a pizza emoji is enough to make any millennial's mouth water. But pizza doesn’t have to come in the traditional pie with a hand-tossed crust. There are tons of fun ways to make pizza at home, especially if you’re going for a mini pizza recipe.
Mini pizzas have come a long way since the days of zapping a few Bagel Bites in the microwave so you could watch TRL. They can now be made in all different varieties like a pizza version of a cinnamon roll or a perfectly crispy and golden pizza popover. Many recipes also include fresh ingredients or a fun spin on a crust, like using a baked vegetable. With fresh ingredients, as well as your favorite standbys like pepperoni and mozzarella, these 11 mini pizza recipes will upgrade your pizza love in a big way. Make them for football season, for a birthday party, or just because you want pizza you can eat like popcorn during Fear the Walking Dead.
1. Pizza Rolls With Basil, Sundried Tomatoes, & Garlic Butter
A huge step up from your microwaveable favorites, these basil and garlic pizza rolls from Simply Delicious are made with fresh ingredients and serve as a savory cinnamon roll. I know. I don’t need to say anything else.
2. Eggplant Pizzas
A vegan and gluten-free friendly dish, these eggplant pizza bites from Oatmeal With a Fork skip out on a thick crust and use a slice of baked eggplant as the base instead. Add your favorite toppings and you’ve just made a healthy, mini-pizza!
3. Smoked Mozzarella Pizza Bread
From foodiecrush, this pull-apart cheesy pizza bread is perfect for dipping into a marinara sauce or even some garlic butter. It’s incredibly easy too, as the main ingredient is a loaf of sourdough bread.
4. Mini Deep Dish Pizzas
Need a perfect mini pizza recipe for game day? These mini deep dish pizzas from Damn Delicious are easy and need only five ingredients. The crust of these pizzas is made from flour tortillas and baked inside of a muffin tin, so your clean up is going to be just as fast as the prep.
5. Pepperoni Pizza Pot Stickers
Pot stickers are some of the best things in the world, so adding mozzarella and pepperoni into one sounds amazing. Food Nasty’s pepperoni pizza pot stickers are perfect for a snack or a great appetizer. Crispy on the outside with ooey, gooey cheese and pepperoni on the inside? Sign me up.
6. Pepperoni Pizza Potato Skins
Another incredible recipe combining two of your favorite appetizers — pizza bites and potato skins. From The Comfort of Cooking, these pepperoni pizza potato skins are the perfect pairing of a salty, crispy potato skin and hot, cheesy pizza. They’d make for a great party snack or even an easy weeknight meal when paired with a salad.
7. Pepperoni Pizza Dip
Your pizza is officially bite-sized with Table For Two’s pepperoni pizza dip. With fresh basil and chopped pepperoni, this cheesy, creamy dip is perfect for sliced bread or a bag of tortilla chips.
8. Buffalo Chicken Pizza Rolls
Filled with hot sauce, chicken, mozzarella cheese, and crumbled bleu cheese, Taste and Tell’s Buffalo chicken pizza rolls are full of savory flavors and a spicy kick. Another great choice for a quick dinner.
9. Pepperoni Pizza Twists
Imagine a breadstick filled with cheese and pepperoni and you’ve got these pepperoni pizza twists from Mom on Timeout. Dippable and easy to eat, they are all the taste of pizza without the heaviness.
10. Pepperoni Pizza Roll Ups
Another fun pizza recipe from Damn Delicious, these pizza roll ups are simple, classic, and only require five ingredients. A buttery crescent roll filled with string cheese and mini pepperonis, they are also a fun way to get your kiddos involved in the kitchen!
Any version of food with the suffix “-ette” in the name seems like it’s going to be not only adorable, but delicious. Food Nasty’s pizzette recipe is no exception. Using a baguette and your favorite pizza toppings, including buffalo mozzarella, you’ve got a cute, mini alternative to your favorite pizza pie.
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