Sunday, October 16, 2011

Pizza Cupcakes?

Monday is our second grandson's eighth birthday.  We held his "Hogwarts" party Saturday.  When his mother, our oldest daughter, asked him what kind of cake he wanted his instant reply was, "Pizza!"

We finally decided that mini calzones baked in cupcake wrappers would work.  The kids made their own as part of Transfiguration Class.  The wrappers needed to be sprayed with cooking spray as they tended to stick to the pizza dough.

Our daughter and her sister-in-law (son-in-law's sister) got whole wheat pizza dough from the grocery store.  They diced up fresh mushrooms, bell peppers, sliced black olives, cooked bulk Italian sausage and bought mini pepperoni and diced onion.  We have a favorite store spaghetti sauce that we think makes the best pizza sauce.  We have some people with dairy allergies so we don't always use cheese.  For extra punch we made a herb blend of 2 parts dried basil, 1 part dried oregano, and 1 part granulated garlic, We sprinkled the tops with this blend.

Pizza Cupcakes:
18 ounces pizza dough (or bread dough)  separated into 12 equal portions
1/2 +/- cup favorite pizza/spaghetti sauce
2 cups total of favorite toppings:, (1/4 inch dice seems to work best)
    Cooked, crumbled sausage
  diced ham (Canadian Bacon)
   Mini pepperoni (Or quarter regular pepperoni)
   Bell Peppers
[Shredded cheese]
Roll, pat, or stretch each portion into a flat circle about 1/4 inch thick.  Smear with about a Tablespoon of sauce leave a clean edge about 1/8 inch.  Add toppings [and cheese] to middle (about 1/4 cup).  Pull sides up to form ball.  Pinch the edge together to seal.  Place seam down in cupcake papers and Sprinkle with herb mix. [sprinkle with Parmesan or extra cheese].  Let rest while oven heats to 425F.

Bake at 425F for 12 to 15 minutes.  Internal temp of 145F.

Let us know if you try this.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for posting this recipe! I can't wait to try it out!