Not a Football Fan? Still Go for the Food!!!!
NOTE: This recipe was created before I became meat, egg, and dairy free. While this works for our cheese, and meat lovers, for those who are like me you can use veggies, and cashew cheese for the same results. 🙂 (Feb. 2017)
When September hits I start hearing all about football, whether it is one friend making fun of another’s team, advertisements, commercials, grocery ads, you name it! I have to be honest, and I don’t think that this will come as a surprise to anyone that knows me; I am not a football fan. I don’t know much about it, I don’t really have any interest in learning about it, but I’m pretty sure I will have a lot of game time in my future when our son is just a few years older. So, I guess I better at least pretend to like it right? 🙂 I was never into sports as a teenager, the only time I went to football parties in my early 20’s was to drink beer and eat, and since then I really haven’t bothered that much with any sports. But as a nod to my partying days, and being a secret foodie back then, I would like to offer up my first of several football party foods that should make everyone happy whether their team wins, or loses, or they just go to eat.
Last night I was making calzones for dinner and I thought it would be fun to make some mini deep dish pizzas. I have to give myself a little pat on the back for this one because they turned out absolutely adorable. Can football food be adorable?! I’m going to admit that I took a little help from the grocery store. I used pre made pizza dough from their deli. I’ve made it from scratch, and I’ve bought it, and there really isn’t much difference except it is quicker to just buy it. I used wheat, but you can get white if you prefer. They usually keep it in the cooler by the deli pizzas, but if you don’t see any you can ask someone behind the counter and they will more often then not be happy to get you as many bags from the back as you need. (One bag of dough will yield 8-10 mini pizzas depending on how thin you roll the dough. Mine was really “springy” so I got 8 out of a 16 oz bag.)
Topping choices are endless! If it comes on a pizza you can put it in these guys! (Depending on how many you make the crust alone will be 110-130 calories. With the pepperoni, mushrooms, and cheese mine were 160ish each) Just take the dough and roll it out on a floured surface, flipping it several times so it doesn’t stick. I don’t have any round cookie cutters big enough so I just used a plastic cup with a 4 inch mouth on it to cut out the dough. Gently put the dough in a regular size muffin tin so it looks like a little dough bowl. Now I don’t recommend putting your sauce on the crust because it will get soggy, so I serve it on the side, but if that sounds like too much of a hassle put the sauce between your last layer of toppings and the cheese. For this batch I used 2 pizza size pepperoni slices (not sandwich pepperoni), 3 slices of mushrooms, and topped them off with 1/16 cup of mozzarella cheese. You can do so many different varieties though, pineapple and Canadian bacon, veggie, just cheese, meat lovers, buffalo chicken, cheeseburger, and the list goes on and on… you name it, you can top it! So, if you are a football fan, eat up, if you aren’t then bring the good food so you can sit back and just relax! Enjoy!
Mini Deep Dish Pizzas
By Angie Gouchenour
1 – 16 oz bag of wheat deli pizza dough (Or homemade)
½ cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
Toppings of your choice
1 small jar of Pizza sauce (optional)
Preheat oven to 420’f
Roll out 16 oz pizza dough on a lightly floured surface; flip a couple of times to keep it from sticking. It should roll out to about the size of 1 ½ dinner plates.
Using a 4 inch round cookie cutter, or drinking glass, cut out 8-10 circles (You will have to combine the dough scraps and roll more than once)
Gently place the circles in regular size nonstick muffin tins so the dough comes up the side of the tins like a little dough bowl.
Place toppings of your choice inside each “bowl” level with the top (If you use anything with juice like pineapple make sure you squeeze them out first)
Top with cheese and pop in the oven for 20 minutes until they are a nice bubbly golden brown.
Remove the pizzas from the oven and place on a serving platter, with sauce, and enjoy!
130 calories + Depending on what toppings you choose 🙂