Custom mini pizzas

DIY Custom Pizza Bar

January 21, 2014 – Hi everyone!  It’s Ali back with you today from Gimme Some Oven, and I’m stoked to be sharing one of my favorite game day recipes with you — custom mini pizzas!

I live in Kansas City, so it pretty much goes without saying that on Sunday afternoons, the entire city is gathered around TVs everywhere to cheer on our team.  But with great games must come great food!  And since people end up spending so much time gathered around the kitchen on game days anyway, why not involve them in the cooking?

Custom mini pizzasEnter one of my favorite treats to make — custom mini pizzas!

I mean, let’s be real.  Everyone loves pizza.  And everyone has their preferences about exactly what kind of pizza they prefer.  So next game day, try setting out a DIY custom pizza bar so that they can make their own!  It’s super easy.  And when made with ALDI ingredients, it’s also super affordable.

All you need are some pre-made (or pre-chopped) toppings, pizza sauce, shredded cheese, and pre-made pizza crusts.  I often grab some English muffins or pita bread from ALDI to make super easy crusts.  But you can also make traditional homemade pizza crust, or for a healthier and gluten-free option, I have also included a recipe below for cauliflower crust.

Encourage people to get creative, or try some of the classics like:

  • White pizza (garlic, olive oil, ricotta, parmesan)
  • Italiano (prosciutto, roasted peppers, marinara, mozzarella, Italian seasoning)
  • BBQ Chicken (BBQ sauce, pre-cooked Kirkwood chicken breast, red onion, mozzarella)
  • Spicy (hot Italian sausage, red pepper flakes, pepper jack cheese)
  • Vegetarian (diced seasonal veggies, such as bell peppers, mushrooms, red onions, and zucchini)

However they turn out, I guarantee your friends will have a blast making these custom mini pizzas.  And you can rest easy (literally) knowing that you didn’t have to spend hours in the kitchen prepping a meal, or breaking the bank to feed a crowd.  I like to call that…winning.  😉

Custom Mini Pizzas Recipe

Ingredients:
Pizza crust (traditional pizza crust – homemade or store-bought, English muffin halves or cauliflower crust – see recipe below!)
Pizza sauce
Shredded mozzarella cheese
Desired toppings

Directions:
Preheat oven to 450°.

Lay out pizza crusts on a parchment-lined baking sheet.  Spread a spoonful or two of pizza sauce over the top of the crust.  Layer with desired toppings, then sprinkle with cheese.

Bake for about 10-12 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the crust is slightly crispy or golden around the edges.  Remove and serve warm.

Gluten-Free Cauliflower Crust Recipe

Ingredients:
1 large head cauliflower florets, rinsed and dried
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1 Tbsp. Italian seasonings
1 egg

Directions:
Preheat oven to 450°.

Pulse cauliflower, cheese and Italian seasonings together in a food processor until finely blended.  Add egg and pulse 2-3 more times until just combined.  Transfer mixture to a cheesecloth and squeeze out the extra water.  (Or alternately, you can press the mixture into a fine mesh strainer, careful not to lose the actual cauliflower.)

Transfer 1/4 cup of the cauliflower mixture onto a parchment-lined baking sheet, and use your hands to flatten the mound into a thin round pizza crust.  Repeat with remaining cauliflower crust.  Bake at 450° for 15 minutes, until the center of the pizzas are cooked and the edges are slightly browned.  Continue with recipe above as directed.

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