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How to Make Mini Bread-Muffin Pizzas

Updated on September 30, 2012
5 stars from 3 ratings of Mini Muffin Pizzas

A Recipe for New Parents

With a newborn baby, my wife and I are really struggling for the time to cook properly. Gone are the days when we had hours to prepare, cook and savour a meal - so we have had to come up with some cunning ideas to prepare great tasting food in as short a time as possible.

One of my favourite quick recipies that we have developed is the mini bread-muffin pizza. This easy home-made recipe gives great tasting pizzas that can be prepared and cooked in less than 20 minutes. Not only that, but each mini pizza can be eaten one handed - great if you are trying to soothe a baby at the same time! This recipe is also great for parties. They are versatile, easy to make and you can change the recipe to suit your own needs/tastes/whatever is in your fridge.

My favourite ways to plate this dish include:

  • On their own - savour the different toppings with no guilt...they're only small after all!
  • With a side salad - if you fancy a healthy option!
  • With some fries - if you just fancy some comfort food. The pizzas are small enough to enjoy with other dishes!

Mini bread muffin pizzas are quick, easy to make and taste delicious! What more could you want?
Mini bread muffin pizzas are quick, easy to make and taste delicious! What more could you want? | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 6 min
Cook time: 6 min
Ready in: 12 min
Yields: Serves 2-4

Ingredients

  • Packet Bread Muffins, (These come in packs of 6 or 8.)
  • 200g Grated Cheese, (Any variety will do, but hard cheeses are easier.)
  • Tube Tomato Puree, (You can substitute a freshly made puree if you have the time.)
  • Toppings, (Anything you like! Ham, bacon, pepperoni, peppers, mushrooms.)
  • Oregano, (Optional.)
  • Chilli Flakes, (Optional.)

Picture Guide:Homemade Mini Muffin Pizzas

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Any bread muffins will do, not just white. Wholemeal is just as tastyCut your muffins in half using a bread knifeArrange your muffins on a grill trayPlace the muffins under a pre-heated grill for around a minute, then turn them over. You should have muffins that are lightly toastedWhilst the muffins are toasting, grate some hard cheese into a bowlPassata can be used instead of tomato puree to give a slightly richer taste.Remove your muffins from the grillEvenly spread about a tablespoonful of puree onto each muffin on the cut side. You can sprinkle some herbs or chili flakes into the sauce at this pointAdd your toppings! Here we are going for tomato and pepperoni.You may wish to add the cheese after your toppings, to stop them from drying out or becoming burnt under the grillSprinkle on your cheese - as you can see, I like my pizzas cheesyPlace the pizzas under the grill for 2-4 minutes, until the cheese has fully melted.You may wish to serve your pizzas with a simple Caesar SaladEnjoy!
Any bread muffins will do, not just white. Wholemeal is just as tasty
Any bread muffins will do, not just white. Wholemeal is just as tasty | Source
Cut your muffins in half using a bread knife
Cut your muffins in half using a bread knife | Source
Arrange your muffins on a grill tray
Arrange your muffins on a grill tray | Source
Place the muffins under a pre-heated grill for around a minute, then turn them over. You should have muffins that are lightly toasted
Place the muffins under a pre-heated grill for around a minute, then turn them over. You should have muffins that are lightly toasted | Source
Whilst the muffins are toasting, grate some hard cheese into a bowl
Whilst the muffins are toasting, grate some hard cheese into a bowl | Source
Passata can be used instead of tomato puree to give a slightly richer taste.
Passata can be used instead of tomato puree to give a slightly richer taste. | Source
Remove your muffins from the grill
Remove your muffins from the grill | Source
Evenly spread about a tablespoonful of puree onto each muffin on the cut side. You can sprinkle some herbs or chili flakes into the sauce at this point
Evenly spread about a tablespoonful of puree onto each muffin on the cut side. You can sprinkle some herbs or chili flakes into the sauce at this point | Source
Add your toppings! Here we are going for tomato and pepperoni.
Add your toppings! Here we are going for tomato and pepperoni. | Source
You may wish to add the cheese after your toppings, to stop them from drying out or becoming burnt under the grill
You may wish to add the cheese after your toppings, to stop them from drying out or becoming burnt under the grill | Source
Sprinkle on your cheese - as you can see, I like my pizzas cheesy
Sprinkle on your cheese - as you can see, I like my pizzas cheesy | Source
Place the pizzas under the grill for 2-4 minutes, until the cheese has fully melted.
Place the pizzas under the grill for 2-4 minutes, until the cheese has fully melted. | Source
You may wish to serve your pizzas with a simple Caesar Salad
You may wish to serve your pizzas with a simple Caesar Salad | Source
Enjoy!
Enjoy! | Source

Mini Pizza Recipe

  1. Switch on your grill to Gas Mark 6
  2. Using a bread-knife, cut the bread muffins in half.
  3. Place the muffins under the grill for 1 minute. Then turn them over and place back under the grill for a further 1 minute, until lightly browned
  4. Remove muffins from the grill and place onto a chopping board to prepare your toppings
  5. Squeeze a tablespoon of tomato puree into the middle of each muffin. Spread evenly using the back of a spoon or a knife.
  6. (Optional) Sprinkle each pizza with a TINY pinch of oregano or chilli flakes if desired
  7. Add a handful of grated cheese and spread evenly across the surface. If you are feeling exotic, try mixing two types of cheese!
  8. Now add your toppings to the pizzas. The muffins are small, so you won't need much. You can either mix and match your toppings or have lots of different types of pizza!
  9. Place under the grill for 2-4 minutes, until the cheese has melted.
  10. Remove pizzas from the grill and leave to stand for 2 minutes. Plate your pizzas and serve. You may wish to enjoy a side salad with your mini pizzas.

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    • Marcy Goodfleisch profile image

      Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

      Mmmm - I love anything that tastes like pizza! I've also seen pizza made on split hamburger buns, but I think this version is even more nutritious! This is a good way to make something everyone enjoys eating, without having people overeat on it.

      Voted up and up!

    • Nettlemere profile image

      Nettlemere 5 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

      That is a really nifty idea, Very easy cooking is my kind of thing so I'm going to give them a try. (I don't have the excuse of having a baby either)

    • Robie Benve profile image

      Robie Benve 5 years ago from Ohio

      You actually grill these guys, brilliant idea! I'll try it next time I'm in a crunch for dinner ideas, even if my children are bigger now, I can see many advantages on mini pizzas. Thanks for sharing. :)

    • Teresa Coppens profile image

      Teresa Coppens 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      These look quick and delicious. I am often struggling for time to make a healthy meal my boys would like when on the road a lot traveling between different sports obligations. Great recipe. I'm putting it on my dinner list for this week,

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Wow!! very delicious! i would love to make one like this.