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No Time to Cook? Ha! Super Fast Mini Pizza to the Rescue

Mini Pizza made with biscuit doughSchool is in full swing and the boys are driving me nuts. No, they’re not acting up…they’re just…so…busy!

Let me explain. It used to be Mom that was so busy–I was a freelance reporter dashing out of the house two or three nights a week to cover meetings for the newspaper. I finally gave that up to be home more with my kiddos…and now THEY are the ones that are never around! Ryan has Scouts every Wednesday and three hour long marching band practices twice a week. Mitch is now in Cub Scouts and will soon be having weekly basketball practices. And don’t even get me started on weekends with all the camping and band competitions!

Gone are nightly dinners where everyone can gather around the table. Most nights I’ve got a kid who needs to be somewhere before my hubby even gets home.

This means I have to get my kitchen organized! I’ve been looking up recipes that either go together super fast or casserole dishes that I can cook in advance and spoon out when people need to eat.

Here’s a new recipe I found that everyone likes: Grands! Mini Pizzas. The pizzas are made with refrigerated biscuit dough and go together in about 25 minutes from frig to plate. You can even make it a fun family dish by letting the kids build their own personal pizza. A can of Pillsbury Grands! will make eight mini pizzas, plenty for a family of four.

Since I don’t have everyone home at the same time, I found that I can make half the recipe NOW (for the kids) and save the rest of the raw biscuit dough for when my husband gets home. That way no one is eating leftovers! The pizzas go together so quick, it’s not a big deal to make dinner twice!

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Here’s the recipe with a little St. Louis twist (see the original here from Pillsbury):

Grands! Mini Pizzas (St. Louis Style)

1 can (16.3 oz) Pillsbury® Grands!® refrigerated biscuits
1 cup pasta sauce
2 cups shredded Provel cheese (8 oz bag)
1 package (3.5 oz) sliced pepperoni or Italian sausage

Yield: Eight mini pizzas

Switching the cheese to local pizza favorite Provel really gives the pizza some St. Louis flavor. Feel free to use whatever pizza cheese you like! We also found mini pepperoni at Shop N Save which were so cute, and just the right size for the mini pizzas. Of course you could use pizza sauce, but I happened to have leftover pasta sauce after fixing toasted ravioli the night before.

1) Preheat your oven to 375°F. Grease two cookie sheets. (You’ll need at least one sheet per four pizzas.)
2) Press each biscuit into a 6 inch “pizza crust.” Make sure you leave a raised edge on the outside to keep the topping inside.
3) Top with a spoonful of sauce, a handful of cheese and your favorite toppings.
4) Pop in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes until the cheese gets bubbly and the bottoms are deep golden brown.

Note: Biscuit dough gives you a yummy thick crust, more like pan than a super thin St. Louis Style pizza.
Mini Pizza

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If you’re looking for more super fast recipe ideas, here’s a PDF of  Pillsbury back to school recipes to check out! Feel free to share YOUR favorite recipe idea with us in the comments!

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