Mini Pizza Pies

The recipe I am sharing today is a Family FAVORITE.

All families have certain dishes they love to cook and eat. Mine goes gaga for these mini pizza pockets! Put 12 dozen in front of them and they’ll still demand more.

I am sure you will face the same situation with your siblings, cousins, random guests when you try these magical pockets of dough and cheese and everything nice. (unless they are gluten intolerant. Oops)

Mini Pizza Pies. The perfect snack idea!

 

This recipe is especially handy because it makes A LOT of mini pizzas pies (3 dozen to be exact). So they are the perfect, fuss-free party food. Easy to make, fun to eat.

Mini Pizza Pies. The perfect snack idea!

The chicken mixture is a scaled down version of the filling in the Chicken Bread I posted eons ago. A very simple, creamy chicken filling made with loads of butter, milk, and cheese. Divine. (calories, what calories?)

Mini Pizza Pies. The perfect snack idea!

 

Also, these pies feature:

  • fresh bell pepper

  • sweet corn

  • tomato

You can customize the vegs according to your own taste. Leave out the corn if it makes you gag. Add mushrooms instead, or even olives would be lovely.

Mini Pizza Pies. The perfect snack idea!

The recipe is super fun to make. Get your kids or siblings involved and make a kitchen party out of it like we did!

Mini Pizza Pies. The perfect snack idea!

 

I rolled out the dough, got my sisters to cut it out in circles, place them in the cupcake tray, and then fill em up.

First the pizza sauce or chili garlic sauce, then comes the chicken filling, then the vegetables, all topped with shredded mozzarella. Bake till the dough is golden brown and the cheese is bubbly on top.

Dip into a bowl of this sweet and sour imli chutney and I dare you to stop at one.

Mini Pizza Pies. The perfect snack idea!

 

If making for a party, you can prepare them beforehand, cover the cupcake tray with foil, and keep refrigerated till you’re ready to bake them. They take literally less than 20 minutes to cook. They also freeze well. Line the unbaked versions in a airtight container or a ziplock bag and freeze for upto 3 months. The day you need to use them, leave to thaw till the oven gets preheated and then bake as you would normally.

Mini Pizza Pies. The perfect snack idea!

You’ll be the Queen/King of the household after you make these… Or their pizza pie slave forever.

Mini Pizza Pies. The perfect snack idea!

 

Try the recipe and let me know how they turn out by sharing a picture on Instagram with this hashtag #spatulainmypocket!

Happy baking!

Mini Pizza Pies

Yields: around 3 dozen
Ingredients:
Homemade pizza dough (for the recipe click HERE)
CHICKEN FILLING
1 Tablespoon butter
4 Tablespoons onion, finely chopped
1 chicken breast, boiled and shredded
1 Tablespoons flour, heaped
½ teaspoon salt, leveled
½ teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon mustard powder (optional)
¼  cup whole milk
1 teaspoon dry oregano
2 Tablespoons ketchup
2 green chilies, finely chopped
2 Tablespoons fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped
Storebought pizza sauce
TOPPINGS
Tomato, chopped
Sweet corn
Green Bell Pepper, chopped
Mozzarella cheese, shredded
Directions:
Prepare the dough and allow it to rise according to the instructions mentioned HERE.
For the filling: In a pan melt the butter and add the onion. Fry till the onions become soft and transparent. Add the chicken, flour, salt, black pepper, and mustard powder. Mix till combined. Take the pan off the heat and add the milk. Turn on the heat again, at low to medium flame, and stir constantly with the help of a wooden spoon. Add the oregano leaves, ketchup, green chilies, and coriander. Allow to cool completely.
Preheat oven to 200 degrees C and grease a cupcake tray lightly with cooking oil.
On a floured counter top, roll out half the dough in a rectangle. Cut out circles using a round cookie cutter.
Fix each round of dough in the cupcake tray. Add a dollop of pizza sauce in each, followed by a spoonful of the chicken filling, the vegetables. Top with cheese.
Bake for 15-20 minutes till its golden brown.
Repeat till all the dough and filling is used up.
Notes:
·         Best served fresh out of the oven. Can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Warm in the microwave before serving.
·         You might end up with leftover dough. You can freeze it or use it to make pizza pockets filling them up with sausages and cheese.

Mini Pizza Pies. The perfect snack idea!

Foolproof Pizza Dough

Homemade pizza dough; so simple, so delicious, with guaranteed perfect results every time!

*Step-by-step photos at the BOTTOM.

*Please excuse the bad quality of the pictures, light went out and I had to make do with that one tiny bulb in the kitchen.

 Homemade pizza dough made so simple, with guaranteed perfect results every time!

Here you go, as promised, my foolproof pizza dough which isn’t just for pizza. You can make anything out of it!

  • Chicken bread

  • Dinner rolls

  • Buns

  • Mini pizza pies

  • Chicken pinwheels

  • Pizza pockets

  • Sesame swirl sticks

  • Chicken buffalo turnovers

  • Cinnamon rolls

  • Italian Pirazo pie

These are only some of the things I’ve made using this dough (recipes on the blog soon), there are countless other options. It freezes well too. Before use let it thaw, and then use it in the same way as you would use freshly made dough.

I first came across this recipe around five years back on a TV show, Masala Mornings, and since then I’ve made it a bazillion times, and it has never once let me down. It’s simple, tastes amazing, and rises perfectly every single time.

It comes together in just minutes, is inexpensive, and it makes a ton; 2 large pizzas, or 2 large loaves of stuffed chicken bread, or 24 mini pizza pies!

I gave you a sneak peek on Instagram a few days back of what I made out of one batch of this amazing dough. See my next post for a recipe of one of these freshly baked goods.

You probably have all the ingredients on hand, try this for yourself now!

Foolproof Pizza Dough

Yields enough for two large pizzas

Ingredients:

4 cups (500g) all-purpose flour, plus more as needed

1 standard packet (1/4 ounce) or 2 ½ teaspoons active dry yeast

2 teaspoons granulated sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 egg

¼ cup vegetable oil

½ cup whole milk

Lukewarm water, as needed

Directions:

In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, yeast, sugar, salt, the egg, oil, and the milk. Slowly mix in the water with your hands till all the ingredients are mixed well and dough starts to form.

Knead the dough for 5-7 minutes on a floured counter top till the dough becomes smooth and is no longer sticky. Add more flour if it is still sticky.

Bang the dough on the counter top 7-8 times for elasticity.

Shape the dough in a ball and place in a greased bowl. Brush the top lightly with some oil. Cover with plastic or a kitchen cloth, and allow the dough to rise somewhere warm until doubled in size, around 2 hours.

Punch the dough to release air. Use or freeze as required.

Notes:
Dough can also be made in a stand mixer with the dough hook attachment.
Recipe source: Shireen Anwer

Place all of your dry ingredients in one large bowl.

Homemade pizza dough made so simple, with guaranteed perfect results every time!

Add in the egg, oil, and the milk.

Homemade pizza dough made so simple, with guaranteed perfect results every time!

Now, slowly mix in the warm water. Water should be lukewarm NOT hot or else it’d kill the yeast. Mix together everything, either my hand or in your stand mixer with dough hook attached, till just combined.

When it resembles something like that, it’s time to plop this sticky piece of not yet dough on a floured counter and it’s time to knead.

Homemade pizza dough made so simple, with guaranteed perfect results every time!

Knead and sprinkle flour on the counter and the dough from time to time till it no longer sticks to your hands or the counter top. Knead for a good 5 minutes. Tip: bang dough, on the counter top, hard for a good 7 to 8 times for elasticity. Then shape it into a ball, and place in a greased bowl. Flatten it a bit and lightly brush the top with some vegetable oil.

Homemade pizza dough made so simple, with guaranteed perfect results every time!

Cover with a kitchen towel and let the dough rest somewhere warm, for me that’s my microwave turned off, till its doubled in size, around 1 ½ – 2 hours.

Homemade pizza dough made so simple, with guaranteed perfect results every time!

And tada! Look how nicely it has poofed up.

Homemade pizza dough made so simple, with guaranteed perfect results every time!

Look at how yeasty it is!

Homemade pizza dough made so simple, with guaranteed perfect results every time!

Punch it down to release air, and it is now ready to be rolled out, customized and baked into something delicious!

Homemade pizza dough made so simple, with guaranteed perfect results every time!

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Homemade pizza dough made so simple, with guaranteed perfect results every time!