These are a spinoff of something my dad used to make us for lunch as kids when we didn’t have prepackaged frozen pizza bagels. He used to take an English muffin, halved, topped with left over pasta sauce, mozzarella cheese, grated parmesan cheese and a few pepperonis, and stick them in the toaster oven. Not exactly a pizza bagel but still something that I enjoyed making with dad on a Saturday afternoon. These are a similar concept, just a tad bigger, and made with store bought sauce and made in the oven.
What I love about them: they are a quick easy meal that is fun for kids to help make and create their own. It is such a versatile dinner that is suitable for everyone’s tastes. In fact, I made these mini pizzas for a girl’s night once and my friend loved how quick and easy they were that we recreated them to her liking when she hosted the next girls night. We added thinly sliced tomatoes and mozzarella cheese and popped them in the oven. Perfect for someone who is not a fan of meat or sauce on their pizza. Lastly, and most importantly, both my husband and son love them so it’s a win, win for me.
For the crust:
Package of pita bread
½ cup of butter
1½ tablespoons of garlic powder
For the sauce:
Pizza sauce in a jar
Pinch of parsley
Pinch of basil
Pinch of red pepper
Pinch of Italian seasoning
Pinch of oregano
Pinch of onion powder
Pinch of garlic powder
For the Toppings:
1 bag of shredded mozzarella cheese
1 bag shredded parmesan cheese or (a jar of grated)
1 bag of pepperonis
**You can substitute with a bag of pizza blend shredded cheese
** You can substitute the toppings with whatever you like on your pizza – Banana peppers, olives, tomatoes, sausage etc.
In the oven, place a large sheet of tin foil on bottom rack. This is to catch the dripping’s and to keep your oven clean. Move the other rack to the middle. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
On a large surface, lay out your pittas. I usually lay the pitas on wax paper for easier clean up. In a microwavable bowl heat up the butter until it’s fully melted. Add in 1 1/2 tablespoons of garlic powder and mix together. Lightly coat both sides of the pitas.
Open the jar of pizza sauce and spoon out two to three tablespoons of the sauce onto each pita (this depends on how much sauce you like on your pizza; we like a good helping and usually use three). On top of the sauce add a pinch of each of the dry seasonings (parsley, basil, red pepper, Italian seasoning, oregano, onion powder, and garlic powder). Mix together and spread all over the top of the pita bread leaving about ½ an inch around the sides.
Add a handful of each cheese (the amount can be adjusted to your liking) and top with pepperoni (Also, adjust to your liking). I usually cut the pepperonis into fours so that they are smaller pieces but that is up to you.
**At this point you can top the pitas with whatever you fancy.
Once the oven is preheated, place each pizza on the top rack in the oven. Heat until the cheese is completely melted and the pita is a slightly golden in color. Take out and enjoy!
Note: I know some people don’t like the idea of placing pizza directly on the rack. This is just something I prefer because I like a crispy-chewy crust, but if you want to use a pizza stone or place each pita on tinfoil feel free, but it may give you a difference texture then mine.