Mini Pizza Muffins

Here’s another pizza lunchbox idea 🙂 These savory little muffins were so good! Just serve with a side of pizza sauce.

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Mini Pizza Muffins

3/4 cup flour

3/4 tsp baking powder

1 tsp each: basil, oregano, parsley

pinch of salt

1/4 tsp garlic powder

3/4 cup whole milk

1 egg, lightly beaten

1 cup shredded mozzarella

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 cup cubed or diced (turkey) pepperoni

Pizza sauce for dipping

1. Preheat oven to 375*. Grease a 24-cup mini muffin tin.

2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, herbs, salt and garlic powder.

3. Whisk together the milk and egg. Mix it in the flour mixture. Add the cheeses and peppersoni; let stand for 10 mins.

4. Stir the batter and divide among the muffin cups.

5. Bake until puffy and golden; about 20 minutes.

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Mini Meaty Cheesy Quiches

This is the mini quiche recipe I had been planning to make when I (sort of) accidentally ended up with my Wonton Quiche Cups instead (which I love!). So I finally got around to making these using pre-made mini phyllo pastry cups from the grocers freezer. Although this would be considered semi-homemade, it’s worth it for the convenience factor. *Makes 15 mini quiches.

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Mini Meaty Cheesy Quiches

1 box (15 ct.) mini phyllo pastry cups, thawed

8 slices of turkey pepperoni

1 slice Havarti cheese

2 eggs

1 T heavy cream

salt & pepper

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1. Preheat oven 400* (350* if using a convection or toaster oven). Let phyllo cups thaw.

2. In the bottom of each phyllo cup put 1/2 slice of turkey pepperoni, cut up into pieces.

3. Cut 1 slice cheese up into 15 parts and put in over pepperoni.

4. Whisk together eggs, heavy cream, and salt & pepper (to taste). Ladle egg mixture into the phyllo cups slowly, distributing evenly. *I used a small gravy ladle for this.

5. Bake for 10 minutes, or until egg is cooked through.

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Pizza Tarts

Is it silly for me to say how excited I am about these little pizza tarts? Seriously, I am.

First of all, they are one of my newest lunch box recipes and I am positive they have been a HUGE hit with the boys. And secondly, they were simple to make and smelled amazing coming out of the oven. It was super hard not to gobble them up right then!

It’s too bad blogs don’t offer scratch and sniff screens…..

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Pizza Tarts

1 sheet refrigerated pie crust, rolled out to desired thickness

turkey pepperoni

shredded mozzarella cheese

pizza or marinara sauce

WARNING: While I did get the idea from a magazine, I do not have specific measurements so hopefully my directions won’t be too scattered for you. But really, this wasn’t hard at all. Just eyeball it, have fun, and use your imagination.

1. Preheat oven to 375*

2. Lightly grease a muffin tin and place circle cut-outs of pie crust that are about 1/4 inch in diameter larger than the bottom of the muffin tin. I used a glass with a wide mouth (about 3 – 3.5 inches) which made a good sized circle to fit in the bottom of a regular sized muffin tin.

3. Cut up veggies or meat of choice and place in the bottom of the pie crusts. I used turkey pepperoni, about 2 little slices for each tart.

4. Spoon on some pizza or marinara sauce. It won’t take much, about 1.5 – 2 T of sauce.

5. Sprinkle about 1 tsp of Parmesan cheese on top of the sauce.

6. Now for the mozzarella cheese. I’d guess about 1 T of shredded cheese. I didn’t have any on hand, only slices, so it came out to about 1/4 slice per tart, cut up.

7. Bake for 15 minutes.

You can enjoy these right away or refrigerate and pack for lunches the next day. Enjoy!

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