Friday, April 4, 2014

Mini Pizza Pies


Happy Friday! Friday is normally my night off from cooking, I insist on something picked up or going out for a meal OR it has to be super easy. Super easy is always an acceptable choice, though I do have a soft spot for chinese take out. Which is sounding amazing for tonight's dinner.

We've been on a vegetable kick lately, salads or raw vegetables, maybe I'll bake it and have some boneless skinless chicken on the side. It's been healthy, though I don't consider it bland because I really, truly enjoy fresh vegetables and fruit.

This evening in particular I wanted something a little less on the healthy side, so I pulled my pizza makings out of the freezer and set them out to thaw. I was just going to make regular 'ol pizza but then my husband had a great idea, why not make them with my pie press? I suppose you could call it a calzone but these are smaller, more the size of a fried pie. I have a little pie press I picked up from Nordicware a year or so ago when I was really focused on making pies. And it worked wonderfully, let me show you. Note: You don't NEED the pie press to do this.


First you need the essentials, pizza dough, pizza sauce, cheese and fillings if you, so desire them, and yes this can all be store bought. If you buy pre-made dough you will separate it into little balls, about 3 inches diameter each.

Roll the dough out flat, keeping it shaped in a circle. Roll it out so that it is roughly the size of your pie press, around 4 to 5 inches.


Spray your press, lightly, with a little cooking spray and transfer the dough over. If you're not using a press, just leave it right there, where it looks pretty.


Add your sauce! Keep it in the center, you don't want it on the edges or it will squish out when you press.


Add your cheese. I only had plain 'ol cheddar that I shredded up but I highly suggest mozzarella or a good italian blend. But if you're just using what you have on hand, go for it.


And add any more fillings or don't, just cheese is always good. I had some Boar's Head canadian bacon left from pizza day the previous week. I really wish I had some of my deli pepperoni left but it doesn't last in my house.


Take your finger and dip it in water, run this along the edges to dampen it, it helps the dough hold together. I actually forgot this step and filling oozed out during baking. Now fold it over! If you're not using a press, just carefully fold it in half, try not to pull on your dough too much or you may cause holes.


And press! Not too hard, just enough that it comes together and the press leaves it's indent. You don't need to put your weight on it or you may sever the dough or make it blow out the back. For those without the press, take a fork and gently press on the edges to form a seal. You should leave little fork marks behind and if you're into making things pretty, criss-cross the fork markings!


Voila! Transfer to a sprayed baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes at 425. Cool and serve!

We ate every single one of these we made and so did the little guy. They're simple and delicious. Now you can see below where mine oozed out, it may happen. I did say I forgot to run a little water around the edges but if it happens, it happens. It still tastes like food!



Mini Pizza Pies

  • One Pie Dough, Store Bought or Homemade, Rolled into 3 inch balls
  • Pizza Sauce
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Canadian Bacon or Filling of Your Choosing
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Rolling dough balls, one at a time, out into a 4 in. circle.

Spray pie press, lightly, with cooking spray and transfer dough over.

Fill the center with pizza sauce, shredded cheese and canadian bacon. 

Wet your finger with water and run it along the edges, the dampened dough will create a seal.

Fold the pie maker gently closed and give it a press the seal the dough. 

Transfer to a sprayed baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes. 

Remove from oven and allow 5 minutes to cool.

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Want the pie press? They have them on amazon with on prime for $7 and some change.

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