Pizzaception: Lil’ Pizzas on Pizza

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Pizzaception: Lil' Pizzas on Pizza

Let’s get weird. Let’s get pizza weird.

A few months ago when I was fishing around Google Images for pizza inspiration, I came across this gem of a photo and my mind was straight blown.

It took me a long time to figure out how I would actually do this/if I should do this. Initially I wanted to make it slightly classier but then I was like whatever, this is Pizzaception! let’s make it fun!

Pizzaception: Lil' Pizzas on Pizza

Before I forged forward with this recipe, I had a few concerns:

1st concern: Would it be too dough-y. Is there such a thing as too many carbs? I think yes.

To solve this issue, the dough is not allowed to proof, like, AT ALL. The first time I did this, it rose on the cutting board while I was making the mini pizzas and it was way too dough-y. SO, to prevent this, when we divide the dough, we put it in the fridge to stop the rise.

When we’re done assembling the mini pizzas, then those too go in the fridge.

Pizzaception: Lil' Pizzas on Pizza

2nd concern: What’s the point? Why don’t we make little mini pizzas and end there?

Well, what if I told you that you could have different flavored pizzas in one slice! This is achievable here.

Also, this pizza is fun.

Pizzaception: Lil' Pizzas on Pizza

Pizzaception: Lil' Pizzas on Pizza

Pizzaception: Lil' Pizzas on Pizza

Now that I addressed and figured out my initial concerns, I decided on what the mini pizzas would be. Here’s what I came up with:

1. Hawaiian Pizza – diced pancetta and pineapple
2. Pepperoni – mini pepperoni (yes these exist!), mozzarella and just a lil’ bit of marinara
3. Fall-inspired – Delicata squash and mozzarella
4. California Pizza – marinara, mozzarella, fresh arugula and prosciutto
5. Three Cheese – diced mushroom, mozzarella, comté, parmesan and thyme
6. Buffalo Chicken – shredded chicken, tossed in Frank’s Red Hot with mozzarella cheese

Obviously, the sky is the limit. Put what you like on it! You could also just make all of the mini pizzas just one type of pizza or two types of pizza. They don’t all have to be different. In the pizza you see pictured, I did two of each type of pizzas.

It ends up being a lot of ingredients so feel free to streamline it for yourself, if you want.

And then bake the pizza, add more cheese on the end, making it so the little pizzas are surrounded by more cheese bc why not.

This pizza reminds why I love the internet so very much.

Pizzaception: Lil' Pizzas on Pizza

Pizzaception: Lil’ Pizzas on Pizza

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 1 (12-inch) pizza

Serving Size: 2

Pizzaception: Lil’ Pizzas on Pizza

Ingredients

    Dough:
  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cornmeal or masa, for dusting
  • Topping Ingredients:
  • 6 mini pepperoni
  • 2 tablespoons jarred marinara sauce
  • 4 ounces shredded mozzarella
  • 1 cremini mushrooms
  • 1 sprig of thyme
  • 1/2 ounce shredded comté cheese
  • 1/2 ounces shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 piece of pineapple, diced
  • 1 teaspoon cubed pancetta
  • 1 small drumstick, roasted and shredded
  • 1 tablespoon Frank's red hot
  • 2 slices of delicata squash
  • 1 piece of prosciutto
  • Small handful of arugula tossed with a drop of olive oil and a pinch of salt

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 500 degrees F or as hot as your oven goes (the max might be 450 F and that works, too).
  2. In a measuring cup, measure out the lukewarm water and then mix in the active dry yeast and honey. Let stand 5 minutes. Meanwhile, in the bowl of a stand-up mixer, with the hook attachment (you can also do this by hand but I’m super lazy), add the all-purpose flour and salt. Give it a mix. When the yeast and water mixture is nice and foamy, pour it into the flour mixture and turn the mixer on low. At first the dough will be shaggy and dry, but eventually it’ll all come together. Keep the mixer on for about 5 minutes, during this time a ball of dough will form. Stop the mixer and pull the dough off the hook. Form it into a round ball and then cut off about 1/4 of the dough (we’ll use the smaller amount of dough for the mini pizzas). Transfer the larger ball of dough to the fridge (this will stop it from rising, which we want!).
  3. Roll the small ball of dough into a thin round and stamp out 12 mini circles using a 2 1/2 inch biscuit cutter. Transfer the mini pizza doughs to a floured cutting board Put the toppings on. See above for the combinations! Transfer to the fridge to stop the rising.
  4. Sprinkle the cornmeal or masa on a pizza peel. If you don’t have one, like me, flip over a (clean) baking sheet and dust that with cornmeal or masa. To form the pizza, start flattening the dough using your fingers, don’t be afraid to pull the dough, thinning it out. I also like to pick up the dough and stretch it in the air a bit, allowing gravity to assist in the process. Flatten it out onto the pizza peel so it reaches about 12-inches round.
  5. Spread a teaspoon or two of tomato sauce all over the pizza dough. I personally favor a super thin layer, feel free to add more. Remove the mini pizzas from the fridge and arrange on the larger pizza dough. Slide it onto your pizza stone or pizza steel and cook for about 10 to 12 minutes, rotating the pizza every so often if needed.
  6. At the 10 to 12 minute mark, remove from the oven. Add more shredded mozzarella, filling in any gaps. Basically, you want to cover up the spots with just tomato sauce on the bigger round of pizza dough. If you want you can refreshen the mozzarella on any of the little pizzas, too. Transfer to the oven for an additional 1 or 2 minutes, until the cheese is melty. Remove and slice up and serve!
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23 Comments

  • Reply Kristina October 28, 2015 at 1:50 am

    Oh my, this is sooo fun. They look like cute little pizza babies. I have a feeling I would take the mini pizzas of the big mama pizza and eat those and then be left with a pizza base without a topping.

  • Reply Tori October 28, 2015 at 2:59 am

    Can I just say…..YES!!! When my brothers get a load of this thing they’re going to flip! I love that you went for something so unique and through caution to the wind cause it’s epic! This has definitely given me some major pizzaception!

  • Reply Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) October 28, 2015 at 5:20 am

    This is insanity and I love it. Also, I’m consuming pizza like every other day (or at least, it feels like it) and this is not helping!

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme October 28, 2015 at 1:03 pm

      I see it on your snap and I’m always like I WANT PIZZA NOW!

  • Reply Daniela October 28, 2015 at 6:28 am

    Lol what a great recipe! 😀 Why do you use honey in the dough? Just for the taste?

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme October 28, 2015 at 1:03 pm

      The dough helps with flavor and also helps activate the yeast. 🙂

  • Reply bev @ bevcooks October 28, 2015 at 7:32 am

    WAT. I am sooo getting in this yesterday.

  • Reply Heather October 28, 2015 at 8:12 am

    This is amazing! Pizzas on pizzas. Literally pizza toppings. You made this look delicious! And now I want mini pepperonis.

  • Reply Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence October 28, 2015 at 9:48 am

    Ummmmm, this is amazing and I need to make ASAP. You just went there!

  • Reply Michelle @ Hummingbird High October 28, 2015 at 9:58 am

    OMG. I love these. Pizzaception! That cracked me up so hard.

  • Reply Allison // Always Eat Dessert October 28, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    I love this – so fun!! Can you share the link to the photo that inspired you? I didn’t see it linked (if it’s right in front of my face – sorry!) and I’m so curious!

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme October 28, 2015 at 5:38 pm

      AHHH! I forgot to put it in! It’s in there now!

  • Reply Bella B October 28, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    this just took homemade pizza to a whole new level! I love this idea it is seriously so cool!!

    xoxoBella | http://xoxobella.com

  • Reply Erica October 29, 2015 at 6:50 am

    Your mind is all sorts of brilliant! This sounds like my perfect weekend meal. Love the little mini fall inspired pizza, that sounds good even in big pizza version!!! 🙂

  • Reply Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry October 29, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    This is awesome on so many levels. As a girl who wants all the toppings on her pizza, you have created the perfect solution.

  • Reply Jessica @ From Jessica's Kitchen October 29, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    For the love of goodness…this is one heck of pizza heaven! At our house there’s always some sort of negotiating involved when choosing flavors. Why stop at one flavor when you can have all your faves? Genius!

  • Reply lynn @ the actor's diet October 30, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    MY MIND IS BLOWN.

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    This looks so amazing!!!!
    Kari
    http://www.sweetteasweetie.com

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