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Fun Food Saturday: Pizza Pops

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So you’ve already gotten the picture that we like making food on a stick, and we love little pizzas in our house. That’s why, when TasteSpotting ran a picture of Mini Pizza Pops this week, we were happily inspired. Pizza on a stick? That’s what you’d get if you combined two of our kids’ favorite things.

We did a quick recipe search and it turns out there are a few different schools of thought on how to make a pizza pop. One way is to chop up cubes of French bread and various pizza toppings and thread them on the skewer, turning them into something akin to a pizza kebab. Another way is to bake tiny round, flat pizza disks and then pop a stick into them. But the technique we settled on is from the Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day blog, from the recipe they call Pizza on a Stick.

The basic idea is, you make a long rectangular pizza, roll it up, slice it, and then bake the tiny pizzas as pinwheels. We followed this general idea but we took a few liberties with the preparation.

First, we didn’t make our own dough; we used a whole wheat pizza dough from Fresh & Easy. (Scandalous! But, well, quicker.) We didn’t use a pair of scissors to cut the pinwheels; we just used a sharp serrated knife. We ran the oven a little higher (at 425 degrees) to make the pizza dough a little more crispy. Also, when it came time to put the popsicle sticks in, we slid a small pointy knife in first to create a small hole; that made it easier to slide the sticks right in.

They tell us that these freeze well and they’re great for lunchbags. We wouldn’t know. We made them shortly before a bunch of boys came over for a playdate, and after everyone got through with firsts…and seconds…and thirds, they were all gone. That pretty much says it all.

Fun Food Saturday: Because food should be fun.

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