Mini Deep Dish Muffin Tin Pizza

Friday, April 8, 2022
These Mini Deep Dish Muffin Tin Pizzas will be a huge hit in your home and if you have big pizza fans in your home like we do, get ready to make these often.

We love making these little mini pizzas because they can be topped with anything your family loves and make them personalized all at the same time.

That being said these make 12 individual deep dish pizzas and you'll just need a few ingredients to get started.

We like to have cooked meats like pepperoni, loosely cooked sausage, on hand, and some precut vegetables everyone loves for toppings, we have a whole list below of suggestions for your mini pizzas.

The easy part is you can use all store-bought pizza dough, sauce, and cooked meat toppings, or make them all homemade with our family recipes below.

We love making these for a family get-together or to bring to a last-minute dinner party for an appetizer, they're always the main topic of conversation and the first finger food to vanish.

These are seriously easy to put together and with a few tips and tricks below you may love this idea so much that they will be a new delicious addiction.

Mini deep dish pizzas are perfect for an after-work or school snack, late night cravings for a quick pizza bite and they also freeze well, so make sure you check our easy tips and suggestions.

Perfect for a fun family cooking project that will make a great memory teaching kids how to cook in the kitchen with one of the most popular Italian foods many folks love which is pizza.

Scroll down to get the instructions and if you would like the recipe for homemade pizza dough and pizza sauce, they'll be included in the printable recipe card as links.


mini pizza bites baked in a muffin tin





Deep Dish Pizza Appetizers?



First of all, these really are just a small hand full, you may want to make two muffin tin pans because I am warning you, that these mini pizzas are super delicious and will be gone in a New York minute.


The pizza is delicious plain with cheese or when hosting a party set up a topping bar with all the favorites for them to build their own.


The easiest deep dish pizza ever made in a muffin tin is just super delicious and simple to make.


Just a reminder everything you need can be homemade or store-bought in your local supermarket but you can also try our recipe for  Homemade Pizza Dough.


pizza baked in a muffin tin with cheese, sauce and mozzarella


Tips:

  1. Leave the dough out to room temperature so it rises for at least 1 hour
  2. Use just around 2 tablespoons of dough for each tin ( make 12 balls per muffin tin)
  3. These can also be made with a bottom crust, fill with tomato sauce and cheese, any kinds of topping you prefer, and topped with more dough to make a filled pizza similar to a pot pie peppers
  4. add some red pepper flakes or chopped raw long hot peppers
  5. use fresh herbs when available instead of dried
  6. Always use slices of cheese not shredded for the best results and whole milk mozzarella 
  7. drizzle with extra virgin olive oil
  8. Always spray the tins with cooking oil first before baking
  9. We prefer using ceramic lined made muffin tin, so nothing sticks, and they'll pop right out
  10. These mini pizzas freeze well after baked, just cool, add them to a cookie sheet, freeze them, and toss them into a freezer bag. To reheat just place in a baking pan and bake at 400 degrees for around 7 minutes or onto an air fryer basket and air fry at 400 degrees for 4 minutes.


this is a collage pizza in a muffin tin


Ingredients You Will Need:

  1. Store-bought or homemade pizza dough
  2. Store-bought pizza sauce or homemade pizza sauce
  3. Whole milk slices of mozzarella cheese ( I do not like shredded)
  4. Optional: dried herbs if preferred like oregano and basil use fresh when available 
  5. Cooking spray oil
  6. Extra Virgin olive oil
  7. Optional: cooked sausage, pepperoni slices, sliced mushrooms, sliced olives, chopped garlic, diced onions, or whatever your favorite pizza toppings are


little round balls of pizza dough


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Additional Toppings:



  1. peppers
  2. olives
  3. eggplant
  4. pepperoni
  5. crushed meatballs
  6. finely chopped leftover cooked buffalo chicken and cheddar cheese
  7. loose cooked sausage
  8. ham, and pineapple
  9. mushrooms
  10. finely chopped broccoli and cheddar cheese
  11. finely chopped zucchini or spinach with ricotta and garlic minced
  12. finely minced shrimp and garlic
  13. anchovies
  14. loose cooked ground beef, cheddar cheese, finely chopped onions
  15. tuna, cheddar cheese, and minced onions
  16. leftover cooked meats, pizza sauce, and cheese of choice
  17. Note: all toppings must be chopped into small pieces, add the sauce first, topping then cheese


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Mini Pizza



We love pizza and is loaded with lots of cheese it's a winner in our home.


Remember you can make a double-crusted pizza almost like a filled pot pie but with your favorite toppings sauce and cheese inside the dough.


Set up a topping bar for your little mini pizzas with some of the suggestions and they can add what they want the assortment makes everyone happy because these make the perfect appetizer pizza bites ever!


These Mini Deep Dish Muffin Tin Pizzas are great anytime for late-night snacks or when the craving for pizza hits and it's these are just the right size!

Mini Deep Dish Muffin Tin Pizza

Mini Deep Dish Muffin Tin Pizza
Yield: 12
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 25 MinTotal time: 35 Min
Here is a quick and easy way to make a mini deep dish pizza using store-bought ingredients or homemade ready in minutes to satisfy that pizza craving!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of store-bought pizza dough or Homemade Pizza Dough cut into 12 even-sized pieces
  • 1 - 12 to 15 ounce can of store-bought pizza sauce or Authentic Homemade Italian Pizza Sauce
  • 12 slices of whole milk mozzarella cheese
  • Pecorino and Parmesan blended grated cheese
  • Cooking spray or olive oil brushed on the muffin tin
  • Optional: oregano, fresh chopped basil, red pepper flakes, granulated garlic powder or finely minced fresh garlic, freshly chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley
  • See notes for Topping suggestions
  • Note: To make a filled deep dish mini pizza cut the ball in half to make 24 pieces and roll out to fit the muffin tin to have a top and bottom. Fill and bake.

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and spray the muffin tin with cooking oil spray.
  2. Let the dough get to room temperature for at least an hour.
  3. Cut the dough into 12 balls (24 pieces for a top and bottom filled pizza)
  4. Flatten the dough to fit each muffin tin and form up the sides with your fingers.
  5. Let them rest for 30 minutes but only let them rise a little bit (20 to 30 minutes).
  6. Add pizza sauce and any of the minced toppings of choice to the sauce on the dough.
  7. Sprinkle each with a little grated cheese.
  8. Add any oregano or spices you prefer before topping with cheese.
  9. Top with a slice of mozzarella cheese.
  10. Bake until the cheese is brown and bubbling around 20 to 25 minutes.
  11. Note: for a crispier crust, bake without cheese first for 10 minutes. Then add the cheese and continue baking for 20 more minutes.
  12. If using fresh basil, top the pizza before serving.
  13. For making the top and baking crust: flatten both pieces thin around 1/4 inch. Add the bottom dough to line the muffin tin. Fill with sauce toppings and cheese. Place the flattened top crust on top. Crimp edges. Brush with olive oil and bake until the crust is a crispy golden brown around 35 to 40 minutes.

Notes

Additional Toppings:

(diced in small pieces)


  1. diced peppers
  2. sliced olives
  3. minced eggplant
  4. pepperoni
  5. crushed meatballs
  6. finely chopped leftover cooked buffalo chicken and cheddar cheese
  7. loose cooked sausage
  8. ham, and pineapple
  9. mushrooms
  10. finely chopped broccoli and cheddar cheese
  11. finely chopped zucchini or spinach with ricotta and garlic minced
  12. finely minced shrimp and garlic
  13. anchovies
  14. loose cooked ground beef, cheddar cheese, finely chopped onions
  15. tuna, cheddar cheese, and minced onions
  16. leftover cooked meats, pizza sauce, and cheese of choice
  17. Note: all toppings must be chopped into small pieces, add the sauce first, topping then cheese


Tips:

  1. Leave the dough out to room temperature so it rises for at least 1 hour
  2. Use just around 2 tablespoons of dough for each tin
  3. These can also be made with a bottom crust, fill with tomato sauce and cheese, any kinds of topping you prefer, and topped with more dough to make a filled deep dish pizza similar to a pot pie
  4. Add some red pepper flakes if you like a little heat or chopped hot peppers
  5. use fresh herbs when available instead of dried
  6. Always use slices of cheese not shredded for the best results and whole milk mozzarella 
  7. drizzle with extra virgin olive oil
  8. Always spray the tins with cooking oil first before baking
  9. We prefer using ceramic lined made muffin tin, so nothing sticks, and they'll pop right out
  10. These mini pizzas freeze well after baked, just cool, add them to a cookie sheet, freeze them, and toss them into a freezer bag. To reheat just place in a baking pan and bake at 400 degrees for around 7 minutes or onto an air fryer basket and air fry at 400 degrees for 4 minutes.


Nutrition Facts

Calories

202.42

Fat (grams)

9.4

Sat. Fat (grams)

4.61

Carbs (grams)

19.63

Fiber (grams)

0.83

Net carbs

18.8

Sugar (grams)

3.21

Protein (grams)

10.28

Cholesterol (grams)

24.08
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16 comments

  1. Such a clever and fun idea of using a muffin tin to make deep dish pizza! They look fantastic!

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  2. What a yummy idea! I'd make a meal out of these tempting mini pizzas!!

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  3. What a fun, cute and delicious idea! I could eat a dozen myself!

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  4. these mini pizzas were so good! I am making them again tomorrow for a get together with friends, they make an excellent appetizer.

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  5. I love how quick and easy this is! Thank you for sharing the recipe! It is a new favorite at my house!

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  6. These are perfect for my next party. Easy to make and I bet so delicious!

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  7. Wow! These mini deep muffin pizzas look so delicious and inviting! definitely making them tomorrow

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  8. I love deep dish pizza and these mini ones are super cute.

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  9. WOW! Deep dish pizzas are my favorite and this is so cute

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  10. What a great way to make deep dish pizza - simple, delicious and perfect for an easy lunch.

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  11. My kiddos gobbled these up! Will definitely make again. Thank you. :)

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  12. Oh dear, this is such a great idea! Thanks for all the suggestions for additional toppings - Genius!

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  13. So good and easy. Kids and I loved these. Adding to our meal list!

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  14. I just love this and its was a big hit with everyone. And this was such a pleasing experience!

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  15. Seriously addictive.......my new go to recipe when am craving pizza.

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  16. Thank you for this awesome recipe. I made it for a family and it vanished in no time! Now I've got to make more!

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