Sorry for the brief delay in tasty treats but I am BACK in ACTION and hopefully it was worth the wait. Actually, I'll just tell you. It was totally worth the wait.
One of Charlie's favorite treats is sausage deep dish pizza. We don't order it often, mostly because I can't eat for an entire week after eating one slice. A perfect solution? Little bite size versions. All the flavor, none of the guilt. Oh yeah. I'm also lying...about the no guilt part.
Roll out some pizza dough and make little squares. A pizza cutter works well here...a regular knife would work well too.
Most Chicago places have butter crust. So, instead of spraying the mini muffin pan, I greased the pan with butter.
I precooked the crust for 8 minutes at 425 to ensure it would get nice and crusty. Then, I put in a cube of mozzarella, a dollop of raw spicy sausage and then topped it with marinara and Parmesan cheese. Seems like an odd order of toppings - but that's just what they do in Chicago.
Cook for another 8-10 minutes or until crust is deep golden brown.
Mmmmmm these were YUMMY and SO fun. I'm going to play around with the crust. I might try croissant dough or biscuits next time.
Hello there cute stuff.
Mini Deep Dish Pizza Recipe:
1 Can of Pillsbury Pizza Crust (all I could find - fresh crust is better)
1/2 Lb of Raw Spicy Sausage
1 Cup of Mozzarella, Cubed or Shredded
3/4 Cup of Marinara Sauce
2 Tbs of Butter
Preheat oven to 425. Cut dough into small, 1 inch pieces. Grease mini muffin tin with butter. Put dough in the muffin tin and pierce with a fork a couple of times so it doesn't puff up too much while precooking. Precook for 8 minutes. Place a cube of mozzarella cheese in the center of the dough, top with a dollop of raw sausage. Push the sausage down a bit. Top each piece with a tablespoon of marinara sauce and then top with a sprinkle of Parmesan. Cook for another 8-10 minutes or until crust is extra crispy.