Monday, May 6, 2013

Pizza Muffins

Featured Ingredient: Pizza

I was recently asked to put together several savory muffin tin recipes for Family Fun magazine based on the premise of my cookbook Muffin Tin Chef. The article was whimsically called “Cupcakes for Dinner.” I think what came out of this article was a handful of really tasty and fun meals that I want to start sharing on this blog. As good of a place as any to start is with these pizza muffins.

Homemade pizza can seem like a daunting undertaking, especially on a harried weeknight. With no kneading required, these gems offer a wonderful riff on pizza night. These are also excellent served straight out of the fridge as a snack or reheated mid-day to break out of the lunchtime sandwich doldrums. To appease any picky eaters, you can split the mixture in half before it goes in the muffin tin and mix certain ingredients like olives into only one-half.

Pizza Muffins

1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
3/4 cup low-fat milk
1/4 cup barbecue sauce of choice
1 1/2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1 cup chopped cremini or white mushrooms
1 cup finely chopped red onion
1 cup chopped pepperettes or pepperoni, medium heat or hot
1/2 cup chopped kalamata olives
1/2 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
1 1/2 cups store-bought marinara sauce

Preheat oven to 375°F. In a large bowl, stir together flour, cornmeal, oregano, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, lightly beat eggs and stir in milk and barbecue sauce.

Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until all the flour is moist. Stir in mozzarella cheese, mushrooms, onion, pepperettes or pepperoni, olives and sun-dried tomatoes.

Divide mixture among 12 standard sized greased or paper lined muffin cups and bake for 25 minutes, or until puffed and golden. Let cool at least 5 minutes before unmolding.

Warm marinara sauce in the microwave or on the stovetop in a saucepan and serve with pizza cakes. 


  1. Love this idea! Homemade pizza is great but many times I just don't have the time for the dough to rise or my kids ask for pizza right before lunch time...I was having a hard time trying to decide what to make for them for lunch today and am making these...they are in the oven right now!

  2. Wow, that was a quick turnaround from my post Asiya. Let me know how they turn out!

    1. I didn't have mushrooms and we don't eat pepperoni. So I omitted those. The flavour was very good but they really stuck to the paper muffin cups..any tips to prevent in the future?

  3. Asiya, sometimes you also have to grease the paper cups depending on the brand. A good option is the parchment liners from PaperChef as they are non-stick.

  4. Thanks for the tip....I had done another recipe that was whole wheat flour and I had the same problem.


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