mini deep-dish pizzas

So, I thought this was really cute when I saw it in Everyday Food and that it might be great for Boo’s birthday coming up if I adapted it a smidge.  And it is a great little idea, very kid friendly. This is definitely an easy dinner for the kiddos to help with, too! 🙂

Olive oil, for muffin pan
All-purpose flour, for rolling
1/2 pound homemade or store-bought pizza dough, in 6 pieces
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella (4 ounces)
1/4 tsp. italian seasonings per mini pizza
1 large tomato, coarsely chopped (do yourself a favor and don’t use canned. Trust me.)

Desired toppings, such as cooked vegetables, pineapple and ham, or pepperoni

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Lightly brush 6 standard muffin cups with oil. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out each dough piece to a 6-inch round. Fill each cup with 1 round, gently pressing dough into bottom and sides of cup. Season with salt and pepper.
Sprinkle each dough cup with 1 tablespoon each cheese and tomato. Add desired toppings and another tablespoon each cheese and tomato. Bake until dough is golden brown and crisp, 12 minutes. Let cool 2 minutes before removing from cups.

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