Mini Pizzas

I've made Pizza dough once before and it turned out great. I decided to make it again, but this time used half of it to make Calzones and other half to make Mini Pizzas. Given here is the recipe for the pizza dough and mini pizzas.

You will need:

For the dough:
1 packet (7g/ ¼ oz) active dry yeast
2 ½ to 3 cups All purpose flour
1 ½ tbsp Olive oil
1 ½ tsp Salt
1 Cup Warm water (110 F)

For the filling:
4 Baby eggplants cubed
3 Shallots chopped
1 tsp Dried Thyme
1 tsp Crushed red pepper
Salt and Pepper
1 tbsp Oil
10 Sun dried tomatoes in oil, chopped
1 Garlic clove chopped

The method to make the Pizza dough can be found here.

Prepare filling -- Heat oil in a pan. Add shallots and fry till soft. Add the chopped sun dried tomatoes, garlic, thyme, crushed pepper, salt and black pepper. Saute for a a few seconds. Now add the cubed eggplant and sauté till soft. Turn off heat and let cool a little.

Preheat oven to 450F.

I used half of the pizza dough to make 3 mini Pizzas and the other half to make 2 big calzones. Divide the dough into 2 equal portions and freeze one half if not using immediately.

Mini Pizzas

Tomato and Basil Pizza

Cheese Pizza

Eggplant Pizza

To assemble Pizzas you will need:

Marinara sauce
1 Tomato chopped
Egpplant filling (recipe above)
Chopped fresh Basil leaves
1 cup Mozzarella Cheese shredded
1 Cup Sharp Cheddar shredded
1 Cup Mexican blend (or any cheese of your choice)

Divide the other half of dough into 3 equal portions. Shape into round balls, place on a lightly oiled baking sheet and cover with a damp towel. Let rest for 15 minutes, then transfer to a lightly floured surface and roll out into four 4-inch circles.

Poke the pizza circles with a fork in several places and lightly drizzle olive oil on top. This enhances the flavours you build on top. Now top each circle with marinara sauce. Spread evenly. Dot one with chopped tomatoes and basil leaves. Cover with shredded Mozarella. Dot another circle with the eggplant filling and cover with Mexican blend cheese. Top the last one with only cheddar cheese.

Pizzas are meant to please the palette with favourite flavours so feel free to add toppings of your choice. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes till cheese is bubbly. Remove and serve immediately.

I will share the recipe for the Calzones in my next post. Till then enjoy these Mini Pizzas!!


  1. Mini pizzas looks good Nams,I like eggplant toppings.

  2. Mini pizzas look adorable!
    All I've ever made are sorry-looking bread pizzas!:-(

  3. am yet to try pizza at home!!

  4. The pizzas look great..I would specially like the eggplant topping one :)..

  5. Pizzas are so cute.My daughter loves looking at pizzas though she hardly eats.Will have to make one some time.

  6. That's a yummy array of pizza..each looks better than the other

  7. Those look delicious! havent tried making pizza at home yet, maybe because we hate the deli ones, we dont really think about it too much. But Im sure these home made ones which dont skimp on toppings must be great!

  8. that looks awesome Nams! brilliant:)

  9. Don't think I've had eggplant on pizza yet - that really looks finger-lickin' good!

  10. Except Eggplants, my kids would love to have those Pizzas. When I plant Eggplants in every Spring, they threaten to kill those plants!;D
    Enjoy the weekend.

  11. Forgot to tell you. I saw the video, enjoyed it very much.
    Kannada mathadodu keli tumba varsha agittu! Maneli jaasti makkala jote english matadteevi naavu, kannada words ondondu sala maretuhogutte matadovaaga!
    Ninnamma vidoesdalli turmericge "haldi" andaaga naanu "arishina, arishina" anta ankonde! You don't really forget after all!YAY!:D
    Malai dal looks good, I will try. Put some more videos if she goes on TV again.Tell her I said good job, she looks great on TV too.

  12. Hey... That looks yummm!!! and im so tempted that Im gonna make them this weekend.

  13. Thanks Madhu :)

    Aww T, try these, they are easy and tasty too!

    Try it Nags, easy as ever..

    Thanks Maya, glad to have u over :)

    Hehe, that's so sweet Madhavi, make this one for her, she is gonna surely eat them too!

    Thanks Rachel..

    You should try these Miri, they are definitely better tasting than the Deli ones. Thanks for stopping by :)

    Thanks Mansi :)

    Thanks Sra, this was my first time tasting eggplant on pizza, it was unexpectedly good.

    Hehe poor Eggplant Asha, looks like it has good number of enemies at your place...:D

    Ohhh so nice of you to write in kannada, felt good reading it :) Hmm arshina arshina ne...:) Will surely convey your regards to her, she knows about you and your blog...after you are my blog "mommy" :D

    Hey do try it Suman, it really is very easy!

  14. The eggplant topping sounds delicious.

  15. wow! that sounds like a lovely pizza party :)

  16. Namratha!! I am planning a my kid's birthday party in 10 days and I am spoilt for choice here. Found one amazing recipe @Sig's and another one here!!
    Can't wait to make these

  17. the pizza looks delicious namratha. It must have been so cool to see your mom on the cooking show! great job :)

  18. those pizzas look absolutely delecious and cute

  19. I can just imagine how wonderful it was to see your mom on TV cooking!

    I must remember these mini pizzas the next time I entertain.

  20. Nice pizza's Namratha. I only make bread/bun pizzas. Shud try making pizza from scratch. Will defenitely book mark this version of urs.

    Saw ur mom's cooking show. U must be so proud of her. Now I know from where u get ur cooking genes :)
    have a gr8 weekend.

  21. Mmmmm, Homemade pizza's are the best! The eggplant topping sounds great :)

  22. nammu..u have become a pro..those minis look delicious!!

  23. They look too good. Got to try them. Thanks for the post.

  24. Thanks Laavi dear:)

    It sure was Richa :D

    Ohh Padma, I totally understand your dilemma :D Make both mine and Sig's...let the kids feast! :D

    Thanks Mandira :)It felt very nice indeed.

    Thanks Sagari:)

    Thanks Cynthia:)

    Thanks Grihini, do try them. Glad you watched the videos:)

    Thanks Meeso:)

    Ohh Rajitha I've always been a! :D

    Thanks Uma, do try them:)

  25. Oh the pizzas look great. This was one of the dishes at our wedding. U have send me on a memory trip. Dont know when i will come bback.

  26. the pizza's look great, mini versions are so comfortable for the children's hands as well, that they seem to joy them better and get over faster. I make my pizza dough with whole wheat flour and honey. It turns out great


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