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Pizza, Pizza!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Mini Pizza Snacks
Who says pizza is just for dinner? With these recipes, you can get the family together and make pizza for dinner -- and breakfast, lunch or snacks. By making it yourself, you can save money and make it healthier.

"It's easy to turn pizza into a healthy meal. Use a whole wheat crust, garden fresh toppings like tomatoes from Florida, and serve it with a salad," said Chef Justin Timineri, Executive Chef and Culinary Ambassador, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

These recipes are not only kid-friendly to eat, they're kid-ready to make. Older kids can help slice vegetables, and younger kids can help make the pizza crust and add the toppings. Look for the "Grown-Up Alert"

on each recipe for tasks adults should handle

or help with.

Get more recipes and learn about Florida tomatoes at http://bit.ly/floridatomatoes.

Chef Justin's Tomato Tips for Kids

*Never refrigerate a whole tomato. Storing in cold temperatures stops the ripen­ing process and makes the flavor fade.
*The best test for a great tomato is not color but aroma. Smell the stem end, and you should smell a strong sweet-acidic fragrance. Choose tomatoes that are plump, shiny and that give slightly when pressure is applied.

Mini Pizza Snacks

Yield: 2 servings (3 mini pizzas per serving)

6 mini pizza crusts cut out from whole wheat pitas, or pre-baked pizza crusts
1/2 cup tomato sauce or your favorite pizza sauce (optional)
1 cup mozzarella cheese
Pizza toppings such as pepperoni, blackolives, green pepper, Florida tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, etc.

Preheat oven broiler.

Use a cookie cutter to cut pizza crusts that will fit in the wells of a muffin pan. Place one crust in each well.

If you want pizza sauce, spoon some onto each crust. Top with a sprinkle of cheese, then some of your favorite pizza toppings.

Place muffin pan on the lower rack of the oven, and broil for about 5 minutes, or until the cheese has melted. Remove from oven. Let pizzas cool for a couple of minutes before carefully using a fork to remove them from the pan.

Grown-Up Alert: Have an adult help with the broiler, and with removing pizzas from the muffin pan.

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