Recipe: Mini Pizzas
Summary: Just as delicious cold as they are hot, these mini pizzas make ideal lunchbox fillers!
When my children asked for pizzas for their lunchboxes I was horrified. Surely they didn’t want cold, greasy pizzas for lunch after all the lovely, tasty packed lunch ideas I’d come up with? But sometimes children just want to be like their friends and have a bit of a treat for lunch, so I set to thinking about how to make healthy pizzas that were just as tasty cold – no mean feat! However these mini pizzas have proved to be a hit with the kids and I’m happy that they are still getting a nutritious lunch.
Whilst making your own pizza dough may seem a lot of effort, this pizza dough recipe is the easiest I’ve found and can be made in around 5 minutes, plus as the recipe makes around 6 pizzas, you can freeze the rest (before you cook them!) and use them later on.
- 150g self raising flour
- 40g unsalted butter
- 3-4 tablespoons of milk
- Tomato puree or tinned tomatoes
- Grated cheese
- Other pizza toppings
- Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 7 or 220°C.
- Cut the butter into small pieces and put into a bowl with the flour.
- Rub the mixture in-between your fingers until they resemble breadcrumbs.
- Add some of the grated cheese and milk to the mixture and form everything into a firm dough. Don’t worry if the dough is a little slimy at this stage, the flour needs time to absorb so make a cuppa and come back to it in 10 minutes, if it’s still slimy then just add a little more flour.
- Divide the dough into six small balls and roll each one out to around 3 inches in width.
- Smear with the tomato paste, sprinkle with the cheese and decorate with any other topping you like. For the ones in the picture I used sliced red peppers, baby tomatoes and a piece of salami for the middle.
- Pop them into the oven for 15 minutes or until the pizza base is golden and the cheese is melted.
The kids tell me that these mini pizzas are just as delicious cold as they are hot and I have to take their word for it as I usually gobble them up before they get a chance to cool down!
Experiment with fruity toppings such as pineapple!
Prep Time: 10 min
Cooking Time: 15 min
Diet type: Vegetarian
Meal type: lunch