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Personal Pizzas

How do you feed a pack of picky eaters? Give them exactly what they want with do-it-yourself pizzas.

Set them up with pizza dough and all kinds of toppings, and stand aside while they create self-serve solutions.

What You'll Need:

  • Pizza crust
  • Pizza sauce
  • Bite-size and shredded toppings
  • Round or rectangular pans (optional)
  • Pizza stone (optional)

One For All

  • Divide pizza dough into single-size portions or take a whole pizza crust and designate a section for each person.
  • An efficient way to make a lot of individual pizzas: pat most of the dough into a large rectangle and make a grid pattern with strips of remaining dough. Let kids fill the grids with the toppings of their choice. When the pizza is baked, use a pizza wheel or large knife to cut along the grid lines.
  • Explore other pizza shapes. How about hearts, flowers, bears, fish, or even kid-shaped pizzas?
  • Make individual pizza pockets--or calzones--by spreading half a round of raw pizza dough with sauce and toppings, leaving a 1-inch border. Fold the other half over and seal the edges by pressing the dough together with a fork. Brush with olive oil and bake.
  • For a quick and easy pizza night, start with pre-baked pizza crust or make your pizza dough ahead of time.

Try these kid-pleasing pizzas:

Top Tips for Perfect Pizzas

  • Bake pizza on a pizza stone. This distributes the heat evenly for a sensational crust. No pizza stone? Use unglazed terra cotta tiles from a garden store.
  • Preheat your oven. If you're using a pizza stone, start with a cold stone in the cold oven to prevent cracking the stone.
  • Brush the pizza crust with olive oil before you add the toppings.
  • A layer of cheese over the top keeps the other ingredients from scorching.
  • If you use a peel (a wide, flat, long-handled wooden paddle) to transfer pizza to and from the oven, sprinkle it with cornmeal first to keep the dough from sticking. No peel? Use a flat cookie sheet instead and protect your hands with oven mitts.
  • Watch out for topping overload: if the kids lay it on too thickly, the pizza crust will be soggy.

More great pizza tips:

    Jul. 28, 2009 4:15 pm
    this pizza looks great vanessa
    Oct. 17, 2009 6:11 am
    Wow! That sure looks delicious!
    Nov. 4, 2009 1:49 pm
    It looks great!! I love to cook & I am twelve years old!!! Cooking is my passion. I have tasted the pizza and it is soooooo good!!!!
    Dec. 18, 2009 2:38 pm
    That pizza looks delicious. Hope I can make pizza like that at some point.
    Feb. 11, 2010 8:27 am
    a *great* idea for a kid's birthday party!
    Jun. 24, 2010 3:45 pm
    Great tips!
    Jun. 28, 2010 2:06 pm
    me gustan mucho! we make these together on weekends sometimes, with 4 kids there is never a way to know who will eat what, and who decided they didn't like something just for today. this gets rid of the stress from mama!
    Jul. 11, 2010 10:08 am
    I let my kids make pizza all the time! Friday night is almost always homemade pizza night at our home. I use pie tins with a little olive oil in each. Turns out perfect! I also freeze small batches of pizza sauce and defrost as needed as the sauce whether homemade or from a jar goes a long way. We also love to read the Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza). The kids love it!
    Jul. 29, 2010 9:48 pm
    My mom buys bred in garlic-bread form and all the pizza toppings we like. Pepporoni, cheese, mushrooms, etc. Then she puts the breads in the oven. She hasnt made them in such a long time, so I forgot how long she leaves them in for. I think somewhere around 30 mins to an hour.
    Sep. 15, 2010 4:07 pm
    This is amazing! I want more!
    Jul. 26, 2011 7:37 am
    This is a good idea!
    Apr. 12, 2012 9:23 am
    this sucks!
    May 14, 2012 7:08 pm
    I have a picky eater and making a pizza like this is a great way to get my child excited and involved in the kitchen!
    May 15, 2012 11:28 am
    This brings back so many memories of when I was a child. My mom made the best homemade pizza with lots of toppings. After reading this I plan to start a pizza night for my family. Thanks so much!
    Oct. 3, 2012 7:55 am
    For easy Pizza making try using Chef Panza's paddles available at Pizza Dailyv
    Mar. 13, 2013 3:18 pm
    looks so gross but made it and its delicious yummy my kids now wont stop asking for it :)
    Mar. 13, 2013 3:18 pm
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