Let me start by saying that this post is 100% dedicated to two of my best friends and our 4(+) years of late nights at Penn State: Lauren and Kelly. Their love of Bagel Bites is both inspirational and contagious. Now, sometimes there's just no reason to reinvent the wheel, and I get that, but I still wanted to try. And actually, I think I managed to improve upon a true dorm room staple.
This recipe is infinitely adaptable, and can be as straightforward or interesting as you want it to be. For example, you could go straight cheese and pepperoni (nothing wrong with that), or get a little fancy with roasted red peppers, goat cheese, pine nuts, balsamic... now I'm just drooling. I went with mushroom, sausage and Parmesan, and it was delicious. The best part is that these are crazy easy, and you can make a ton, freeze them, and reheat later! So go out and make some, or just eat some Bagel Bites.
Miniature Deep Dish Pizzas
Makes 6 Miniature Pizzas
Flour, for rolling surface
2 T. olive oil
1/2 lb. ball of pizza dough
Small handful of sliced mushrooms
Approx six 1/4" slices of a sausage link (I used a garlic chicken variety)
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan
3 T. marinara sauce
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Brush six cups of a muffin tin lightly with 1 T. olive oil. Sprinkle the oiled tin lightly with garlic salt.
2. Sprinkle flour over clean work surface. Separate dough into 6 pieces, and spread or roll into rough 4" circles. No need to be perfect. Press each dough round into the muffin tin, forming a cup.
3. Add 1 T. olive oil to a saute pan over medium heat. Add sausage and mushrooms, cook until browned. Remove from heat.
4. Add 1/2 T. marinara to each cup of dough. Add mushroom, sausage, and Parmesan to each.
5. Optional: If desired, brush edges of dough with some olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning (garlic powder and Italian seasoning here, but anything goes).
6. Bake approximately 12 minutes. Allow to cool slightly. If desired, dip in additional marinara.