When it comes to pizza memories from my childhood, I have two very distinct ones that stand out.
Black olives were one of our favorite go-to toppings. A tradition that still continues when I order pizza for my own family.
Mini make-it-yourself pizzas were a fond after-school tradition. Those were the white bread (though sometimes on English muffins or bagels too), tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese variety. Very old school indeed, and a fun quick and easy bite that Nicholas now loves.
It should come as no surprise that the O’Malley family has a soft spot for pizza. So when the folks at Pillsbury asked me to develop another recipe using their pizza crust, I decided to combine two of our very favorites: mini individual pizzas and black olives as the toppings.
Because really, is there any better way to celebrate the end of the school day?
Or the week?
Or a day that ends in a Y?
I think not.
Because of the individual nature of these mini pizzas, you can mix-and-match your favorite toppings at will and keep everyone at your table happy.
Which is pretty much a guarantee for bites filled with happiness, if you ask me.
Hungry for more pizza recipes?
This Cheesy Garlic Pizza with Lemon Dressed Mixed Greens was a recent unique twist.
This Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza is hands down my favorite.
This Double Delicious Pizza is hearty and totally kid-approved.
Tomorrow? A new recipe for Skinny Fettuccine Alfredo!
Sunday? Weekend wrap-up in photos.
Monday? Pesto and Garlic Crescent Rolls!
Tuesday? Christmas Lists and Santa visits!
Wednesday? A review on a new grilled cheese restaurant!
Thursday? A new recipe for Gazpacho Salad!
Friday? A review on a new art exhibit!
*Disclosure: I was compensated to develop this recipe for Pillsbury.
Old School Mini Black Olive Pizzas
Recipe courtesy of Cate O’Malley
Servings: 5 mini pizzas
1 package Pillsbury Classic Pizza Crust
1 cup tomato sauce
1/2 cup black olives, halved
1/3 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1/3 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
Oregano, salt and pepper
Preheat oven, following package instructions. Roll out your pizza dough and cut into individual pizzas, using a large circle cookie cutter or sectioning off the dough and rolling each one out individually. Prebake the dough for 6 minutes. Remove from oven and top with tomato sauce, two cheeses, black olives, and a sprinkling of oregano, salt, and pepper. Return to oven and bake until cheese is melted and bubbly, approximately 11-13 minutes. Let cool and dig in.
Personalize these mini pizzas with your favorite toppings, like pepperoni, sausage, or mushrooms.
For festive occasions, cut the pizza dough into shapes to coordinate with the theme/holiday.