Homemade Mini Pizzas

I’ve always thought that a fun entertaining idea would be to do a make-your-own pizza bar. Everyone loves pizza, right? But we never actually tried it until we had visitors recently – it was a family with two kids, and I thought it would be fun for the kids to be able to choose their own toppings.

As it turned out, it was SO MUCH FUN! And tasty, too! Why didn’t we do this before?

Our friends’ daughter is twelve, and she is very interested in cooking, so she helped me pick the recipes, make the sauce, make the dough, and prep all of the toppings. We had a great time cooking together!

Mini pizzas

Fresh Pizza Sauce
From Whole Living, Sept 2011
Makes 16 servings (about 4 cups)

Ingredients:
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 large yellow onion, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2 medium carrots, finely chopped
3 pounds ripe tomatoes, chopped, juices reserved
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
8 fresh basil leaves, torn if large

Directions:
1. Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onions, garlic, and carrots and cook until tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Add tomatoes and their juices, a pinch of salt, oregano, and basil; bring to a simmer.

2. Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally until sauce is thick, about 1 hour. Puree in a food processor, if desired. Season with salt and pepper.

3. Let sauce cool to room temperature before using on pizza. (Refrigerate for up to a week, or freeze for up to two months.)

Mini pizzas - sauce

Nutritional info:
Calories: 43.1
Total Fat: 3.5 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 17.9 mg
Total Carbs: 3.0 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.7 g
Protein: 0.5 g

Mini Pizza Dough
From Better Homes and Gardens
Makes 8 mini pizzas

Ingredients:
1 1/2 – 2 cups all-purpose flour
1 package dry yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup warm water (120 degrees F to 130 degrees F)
2 tablespoons olive oil

Directions:
1. In a large mixing bowl combine 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour, yeast, and salt; add water and oil. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes. Using a wooden spoon, stir in as much of the remaining flour to make a moderately stiff dough that is smooth and elastic (6 to 8 minutes total). Divide dough into 8 pieces. Cover; let rest for 10 minutes. Makes 8 mini pizzas.

Mini pizzas - dough

2. Preheat oven to 450. Using parchment paper, press dough balls into individual pizzas. Top with desired toppings, then place in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until pizzas are done.

Mini pizzas - topping

Nutritional info (per pizza):
Calories: 178
Fat: 4g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 147mg
Carb: 30g
Fiber: 1g
Protein: 4g

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