“A cute and colorful way to celebrate Pi Day (or any day, because pizza is always a good idea)! Soft, warm dough topped with a quick homemade pizza sauce, lots of melted cheese, and a rainbow of veggies – what more could you want? The personal size makes them perfect for a fun snack, or easy meal, and you can even freeze the extras to enjoy later :).”
8 Mini Pizzas
1 tablespoonolive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoonitalian seasoning
1⁄2 tablespoondried oregano leaves
1⁄4 teaspoonred pepper flakes
1 (15ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (6ounce) can tomato paste
6 leavesfresh basil, coarsely chopped
1 teaspoonhoney (optional)
Rainbow Veggie Toppings
4 -5 roma tomatoes
1 red bell pepper
1 orange bell pepper
1 sweet potato
1 yellow bell pepper
1 green bell pepper
5 -6 purple potatoes
1 red onion
1⁄2 tablespoonolive oil
16 ounces ready to bake pizza dough
1⁄2 tablespoonolive oil
1 1⁄2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
8 slicesmozzarella cheese
You will need to gather a few tools before you begin: Number cookies cutters (stainless steel works best), cloud fondant or cookie cutters, olive oil spray, pizza stone or baking sheet, and all purpose flour.
Heat a saucepan over medium low heat, and add the olive oil and garlic. Cook for 1 minute. Add the dried spices, tomato sauce, tomato paste, and salt, and bring to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the fresh basil. Taste, and add honey if you would like the sauce a bit sweeter. Transfer to a heatproof container and place in the refrigerator until ready to use.
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Remove the pizza dough from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking to bring it to room temperature. .
Use the number cookie cutters to cut either 3.14 out of the different colored veggies, or the Pi sequence. I ordered my numbers so that each row of veggies would be a different color, but you can also alternate the colors to your liking. A helpful tip is to use a towel to press down on the cookie cutters (it cushions your fingers for comfort). Feel free to swap out any of my veggies for one you prefer.
To roast the potatoes, transfer the sweet potato and purple potato cutouts to a parchment lined baking sheet, toss with 1/2 tablespoon olive oil, and spread the numbers out. Bake for 7 minutes. Allow to cool while preparing the crust.
Raise the oven temp to 425°F, and move your oven racks so you can bake on the lowest rack. Prep your pizza stone or baking sheet by dusting it lightly with flour (you may need to also grease a baking pan or use parchment paper to prevent sticking). .
Divide the pizza dough into 8 equal sections and roll each into a ball (dusting your hands and the dough, with flour, as needed). Stretch the dough out with your hands and roll into a circle using a rolling pin until they are about 1/4 inch thick. Brush the top of each pizza with olive oil, and par bake for 5 minutes on the lowest rack in the oven.
Spread 1 tablespoon of sauce onto the top of each pizza, and sprinkle with 3 tablespoons mozzarella cheese. Bake, on the lowest oven rack for 7 minutes.
Arrange the number veggies on top of the pizza, and return to the over for 3-5 minutes more, or until the cheese is bubbling and the crust is beginning to darken slightly.
While the pizza is cooling just enough to eat, you can make the cute clouds to add to the top. Use your cloud cutters to press the designs out of mozzarella slices (cut out little arms too if you would like with a sharp knife). I did 1-3 clouds per pizza, slightly overlapping a few of them.
Use either the nori to cut the eyes and smile out for each cloud. To make it easier, you can draw the designs onto parchment paper, and cut them out to use as a template for the nori. Repeat this process to cut the Pi symbol out of the nori as well (making a template here is much easier as you can also size the shape to fit your pizzas and clouds). *A helpful tip is to fold the nori sheet a few times before cutting to save you time and make sure the eyes match.
Place the faces onto the clouds (a toothpick dipped into a little water helps with this), give them each a Pi symbol to hold, place the clouds on top of your pizzas, and now you’re ready to celebrate Pi Day!