Mini Pepperoni Pizzas

Mini Pepperoni Pizzas

October: National Pizza Month

We have eaten Chicago-style deep dish pizza when we lived in Illinois; New York City’s thin crust pizza when we took the 45-minute train ride to Manhattan from where we lived in New Jersey;  una pizza autentica when we traveled to Italy; cheap cardboard-tasting pizzas during college; delivery pizza for game day gatherings; frozen pizza for lazy meals; and semi-homemade pizza for creative cooking. Pizza is just a popular dish any way it is prepared! No wonder there are several related food holidays just for pizza (see Notes below). We celebrate National Pizza Month with a cute version of our comfort food: mini pepperoni pizzas.

Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 can refrigerated pizza crust dough(we used Pillsbury brand thin crust)
  • 1 small jar pizza sauce (we used Ragu brand)
  • 1 bag shredded pizza cheese
  • 1 package of mini pepperoni slices (we used Hormel brand)

Directions

Remove the pizza crust dough from the tube package. On a lightly floured surface, unroll the dough. Cut circles with the rim of a glass or three-inch round cookie cutter. Bake the mini crusts in a preheated oven at 400 degrees F for 5-7 minutes. Remove from the oven. Spread pizza sauce over the mini crusts.

Mini Pepperoni Pizzas

Sprinkle the cheese shreds over them. Top with mini pepperoni Slices. Return to the oven and bake for 10 minutes or until the cheese has melted.

Mini Pepperoni Pizzas

Notes

  • Make mini pizzas of your choice or try our HI (Hawaiian) pizza recipe during the second week in January for National Pizza Week.
  • Omit the mini pepperoni slices for plain mini cheese pizzas on September 5 for National Cheese Pizza Day.
  • Substitute the mini pepperoni slices for Italian sausage on October 11 for National Sausage Pizza Day.
  • Add all your favorite toppings (except anchovies) on the mini pizza crusts on November 12 for National Pizza With Everything (Except Anchovies) Day.

HI Pizza

HI Pizza

April 11:  The day Highlander and Islander started dating; the day HI Cookery blog was officially launched

Our first recipe post is HI Pizza (popularly known as Hawaiian Pizza), a dish that our friends have used to described us as an intermarried couple. The main toppings are Canadian bacon and pineapple.  The meat represents Highlander’s Canadian heritage, although the bacon is really a ham like him!  The fruit represents Islander’s upbringing, although the pineapple is not native to Hawaii like her!

And just because a pineapple is an ingredient in a recipe doesn’t make it Hawaiian. In fact, the Hawaiian word for pineapple is halakahiki (foreign fruit); it is believed that it came to the islands from Latin America. Because visitors would take this tropical fruit back home to share with family and friends, the pineapple has become a symbol of hospitality.

So now we extend our hospitality to our blog visitors by sharing our first recipe post.

Recipe

Crust

We have used the roll-out refrigerated pizza dough, pre-made pizza crusts and even a homemade recipe using the dough-only cycle on our bread machine (one of the first appliances we bought with our wedding gift money).  Below is the modified bread machine recipe from AllRecipes.com substituting the butter or oil with Kauai herb macadamia nut oil for a more local and aromatic flavor. We also used a Hawaiian beer as an ingredient!  Layer all the ingredients in order and follow the dough-only cycle instructions for your specific bread machine.

  • 1 cup beer at room temperature (we have used Kona Brewing Co.’s Fire Rock Pale Ale and Longboard Islander Lager before)
  • 2 tablespoons oil (we used Oils of Aloha’s Kauai herb macadamia nut oil)
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (we used C&H brand, granulated white)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons yeast

Once the bread machine cycle is complete, remove the dough from its container.  Roll out the dough on a floured surface to prevent from sticking then press into a pizza pan.  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.  Brush flavored oil on the crust.  Prick several times with a fork.  Bake for 15 minutes before adding sauce and toppings.  Then bake for another 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.

HI Pizza

Sauce

We have used pizza sauce in a jar from the store for a quick preparation.  But for those who are a little more ambitious, here is Islander’s modified recipe from her eighth grade home economics class in Hawaii, again substituting the oil for garlic-infused macadamia nut oil.

  • ½ chopped small onion (try a sweet Maui onion)
  • 1 tablespoon oil (we used Oils of Aloha’s Garlic Isle macadamia nut oil)
  • 1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 small bay leaf
  • ¼ teaspoon basil
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • pinch of pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (we used C&H brand, granulated white)

Heat the oil on high and sauté the onions until transparent.  Lower the heat then pour in the tomato sauce, bay leaf and spices.  Stir then simmer for 10 minutes.  Remove from heat and discard the bay leaf.

Toppings

Pizza is very versatile and the amount for the toppings can be adjusted according to one’s taste.

  • One package of shredded pizza cheese (mozzarella, parmesan, mild cheddar, etc.)
  • Canadian bacon (we used heart-shaped cookie cutters and diced the rest of the meat)
  • Canned pineapple

On top of the pizza sauce, sprinkle the diced Canadian bacon, then the cheese.  Arrange the Canadian bacon cutouts on top of the cheese.  Fill in the rest of the spaces with pineapple.

HI Pizza

Notes

  • Thanks to Auntie Maria B. for the macadamia nut oils sampler pack.
  • When we lived in New Jersey and Illinois, we ate New York-style and Chicago deep-dish pizzas, respectively. When we visited Italy, we also sampled different kinds of pizzas. Note that an American “pepperoni” pizza might get lost in translation as a “peperoncini” (Italian sweet pepper) pizza there.
  • See more pizza recipe posts on our blog in January (National Pizza Week–second week of the month) and October (National Pizza Month).