Mini Pizzas in GARLIC BREAD cups, made in a muffin tin! Don't laugh when you see what I use to cut the rounds. It works! That's what matters!
These mini pizzas were an invention out of necessity. I had friends with kids around and had planned to make mini pizzas. For the kids, that is. (OK that's a lie. For us grown ups too).
In typical form, I thought I was super duper organised, whirling around the kitchen with the music pumping, preparing the food for lunch. Only to realise at the last minute that I had forgotten to buy frozen pastry for the mini pizzas. I didn't even have tortillas or any flatbread around to use instead. And I definitely didn't have time to make my own pastry.
But I did have BREAD! And that's how these mini pizzas came to be a regular in my "party food" repertoire. See how easy they are to make?
I told you I cut the rounds out weirdly! It's just the tin from canned tomatoes — a large tin (28 ounce/ 800 gram), not a small one. I'm not one of those ultra-thrifty-repurpose-everything types. I use the tin to cut the rounds because the size is PERFECT to make deep dish pizzas in muffin tins! I don't even know if you can buy pastry cutters that size. All the round pastry cutters I have are too small to make rounds for muffin tins.
The extra little step of brushing the bread with garlic butter is so worth it. It makes the crust beautifully golden and really makes it taste like a cross between garlic bread and pizza. I don't know about you, but when I order pizza, it goes without saying that garlic bread has to be ordered too. Pizza without garlic bread would be like having sausage rolls without sauce. It's just not the "done thing".
These work well for making in advance. Bake them a little less so the cheese isn't too golden brown, let them cool, then you can reheat them on a baking tray — just 5 minutes in the oven does the trick.
Yum! I know this is more of a party food, but I'd happily have these for DINNER too! (Problem is, I'd eat way too many of them . . .)
- The bread must be fresh so it molds into the muffin tin easily. If the bread is stale, it will crumble when you mould it in and it won't hold its shape. If you are using bread that is slightly stale, my suggestion is to brush it generously with extra butter (to moisten the bread first) before moulding it in.
- To make a quick pizza sauce, mix the following in a small bowl: 1/2 cup tomato paste, 1 1/2 tablespoons water, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon onion powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon sugar, 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, and black pepper. Use as per recipe instructions.
- I have yet to see presliced mini pepperoni here in Australia though I do know they are sold in America. You can find long thin pepperoni at some Woolworths stores (not all), but I typically use "twiggy sticks" which I slice. "Twiggy sticks" are short mini pepperoni pieces that are sold in the deli and refrigerated section of supermarkets. You only need about 75 grams / 2 1/2 ounces
- A 800 gram / 28 ounce large can of tomatoes is the perfect size of cutting rounds that fit snugly into muffin tins. I do not even know if you can buy round pastry cutters this size! The other option is to just cut the crust off then mould the square bread into the muffin tin. Rounds just look neater, that's all!
- To make in advance, bake them until the cheese is melted and the bread is a light golden. Remove, allow to cool and store in the fridge. Reheat on a baking tray at 180°C/350°F for 5-7 minutes or until heated through and the cheese is re-melted.
- 12 slices white sandwich bread, fresh
2 tablespoons butter
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup pizza sauce
1/4 cup red onion, finely diced
1/3 cup mushroom, finely chopped
3/4 cup grated cheese, melting (I used a mix of mozzarella and cheddar, equal amounts)
1/4 cup sliced small pepperoni
- Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F.
- Use a large empty can (800 gram / 28 ounce canned tomato can) to cut out rounds from the bread. Press the bread rounds into a muffin tin.
- Add butter, garlic, and salt to a microwave-proof bowl or mug and microwave in 30 second increments until the butter is melted.
- Brush bread cups with butter, ensuring you use the garlic too. Divide the pizza sauce between the cups, then top with onion and mushrooms. Top with cheese then with pepperoni.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bread is golden on the edges. Serve warm!
- Appetizers, Finger Foods
- 12 mini pizzas
- Total Time
- 24 minutes, 59 seconds
- Calories per serving