Homemade 'Little Pizzas' recipe
My mom tells me that when I was little, I wanted to eat pizza ALL the time. Who could blame me? Gooey cheese, thick sauce, and spicy pepperoni make for a tantalizing meal! But I didn’t want to eat the bread, and not just the crust: I would pick off all the cheese and pepperonis from the pizza and then throw away the rest. So, one day, my mom decided to concoct some homemade, bite-sized pizzas on saltine crackers (which I would eat). I loved them, and my childhood meal of “Little Pizzas” was born! It was a quick, easy, and inexpensive way to serve me my favorite food. At 14-years-old, I still love them, and my mom now uses whole grain crackers and chia seeds to make a more healthful, fiber-full version. Here is her recipe:
Pizza or spaghetti sauce (approximately 2 tbsp/8 crackers)
Grated Parmesan cheese
Shredded cheddar cheese
OPTIONAL: Chia seeds (thickens sauce and adds about 1 gram of fiber per tsp) and whole grain crackers
Place desired number of crackers on cookie sheet (my mom usually does 12 for me).
Mix sauce, chia seeds (optional), and Parmesan cheese in a microwave-safe bowl.
Heat in microwave until warm (approx. 30-45 seconds).
Spread sauce mixture on crackers.
Sprinkle crackers with shredded cheddar cheese.
Place one pepperoni on each cracker
For a cheesier option, top with more shredded cheddar cheese.
Broil in an oven until cheese melts.
I hope you enjoy these tasty miniatures just as much as I do!