Easy One-Bite Pizzas with Loaded Pizza Sauce

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I’m the type of person who racks my brain forever before I can think of anything decent to make my family and friends when we’re having a party or get together. Or better yet, I put off meal planning as long as possible until I find myself at the grocery store rushing around in a flurry, desperately throwing things into my cart. You’d think meal planning would come easy to me given how many hundreds of recipes I have made over the past few years, but unfortunately that’s rarely the case.

Plus, don’t people have expectations when you have a recipe blog? Bloggers, do you agree? Or maybe they don’t care and I stress about these made up things in my mind, which I like to do. It’s also possible that I’m just burnt out on the creative front by the time Friday evening rolls around and the thought of throwing a bag of chips on the table sounds very appealing.

Either way, I spent a long time thinking about what to make for my party this past weekend.

And you know what’s funny? These pizza bites weren’t on the menu. Nope. This was the product of my hungover creativity on Sunday morning. Go figure.

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Have you ever made your own tortilla bowls? It’s such a fun technique that looks impressive but is really easy to do. I saw this idea on Pinterest last year and filed it away for the perfect time (note: a day late, but who’s counting). Basically, you can make all sizes of crispy tortilla bowls, depending on the mold used. For this one-bite pizza, I used a mini cupcake tin, but feel free to use regular-sized tins if need be. It might turn into a 3-bite pizza though! You can also make big bowls and homemade taco shells, both of which I plan on trying out soon. My mind is just spinning with ideas and thankfully no longer spinning from the tequila shots on Saturday night.

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I used a cookie cutter to make circles (I got 8 circles per tortilla) and then I pushed one circle into each cupcake mold. No need to grease the tin- they pop right out after toasting. I toasted them for 12 minutes at 375F and they were perfectly crisp and golden! If you want to use a regular-sized cupcake tin, just cut the tortillas into quarters.

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While those were baking, I got to work on my pizza sauce. Initially, I was going to use store-bought pizza sauce, but then I decided to make a “loaded” pizza sauce which was much more fun than anything I could’ve found at the grocery store.

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I loaded this pizza sauce with vegetables like red pepper, sweet onion, garlic, cremini mushrooms, and herbs like fresh basil, oregano, and thyme. It’s so good straight from the bowl!

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For the base, I used a 14-oz/398 ml can of Eden Organic Crushed Tomatoes and a few tablespoons of tomato paste.

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Once the sauce was made, I scooped a bit into each toasted cup. Followed by a sprinkle of Daiya cheese. One of my homemade cheeze sauces would also be nice!

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Then, I broiled it on high for a couple minutes until it bubbled.

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You know, it’s a good thing I didn’t make these for my party because it would’ve been really hard to share. In no time at all, we devoured almost the entire batch, save for a few that I left in the fridge for cold “leftover pizza”. Yes, it’s as good as it sounds.

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Easy One-Bite Pizzas with Loaded Pizza Sauce

I suggest serving these warm out of the oven, but you’ll be happy to know that the crispy tortilla bowls didn’t turn to mush after sitting for a couple hours in the fridge. They hold up very well and taste incredible straight from the fridge, cold, like leftover pizza! Have fun playing around with the toppings and mix-ins. Just like a regular pizza, it’s very versatile depending on what you have in your fridge. Feel free to use the loaded pizza sauce on a regular pizza too!

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Yield: 24 one-bite pizzas

for the loaded pizza sauce: (makes 2 cups)

  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped sweet onion
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1.5 cups chopped cremini mushrooms
  • 1 cup chopped red pepper
  • One (14-oz/400ml) can crushed tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 20 grams or 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • salt & pepper, to taste (I used about 1/2 tsp fine grain sea salt + some herbamare)

 

for the one-bite pizzas:

  • large soft tortilla wraps (I used three 9-inch tortillas)
  • About 1.5 cups loaded pizza sauce or store-bought
  • Daiya cheese or homemade cheeze sauce

 

1. For the tortilla bowls: Preheat the oven to 375F and grab a mini cupcake tin or a regular sized tin. No need to grease it as they will pop right out.

2. With a cookie cutter (or even kitchen sheers), cut 2.5-inch circles out of the wraps and push into the mini cupcake molds. Repeat for the rest & save the scraps for later.

3. Toast at 375F for 10-12 minutes, watching very closely. They should be golden and crisp, but not too brown. If using regular-sized cupcake tins, cut your tortilla into quarters and push one into each mold. Cooking time may vary if using larger cupcake tins.

4. For the sauce (skip if using store-bought): In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Now add in the chopped onion and garlic, and sauté for a few minutes, reducing heat if necessary.

5. Add in the chopped mushrooms and red pepper and sauté for another 8-10 minutes over medium heat.

6. Now stir in the crushed tomatoes and tomato paste, along with the basil, oregano, and thyme. Reduce the sauce and simmer for about 10 minutes until thickened. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

7. To assemble: Preheat your oven to the highest broil setting. Add a couple teaspoons of pizza sauce into the center of each bowl. Sprinkle with cheeze and place into the oven to broil on high for 1-2 minutes, or until the cheeze bubbles a bit. Watch very closely or it will burn. Serve warm!

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If you make the mini bites you will have leftover scraps of tortilla. I have a fun way that you can use them up:

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Rip the scraps up into small pieces and place into a bowl. Stir in 2 tbsp of maple syrup, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, and a pinch of nutmeg. Bake on a lined sheet at 350F for 8-10 minutes, stirring once halfway through.

You’ll be left with sweet chips that taste just like Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal. Oh yeah!

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Gina @ Running to the Kitchen May 14, 2012

I go through the same mental blank anytime I have to either bring something somewhere or host a party. It’s like I’m only capable of 1 dish here and there, putting together a “menu” of any sort completely throws me off. Plus, the stuff I like to make at home is not necessarily always a “crowd pleaser” to our friends who are of the chicken nugget and pizza mentality!

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Beks May 14, 2012

I was wondering what you were going to use the remaining tortilla scraps for. That’s fracking brilliant! Love Cinnamon Toast Crunch!

BTW, made your make ahead steel cut oats last night for breakfasts this week, and this morning I topped it with homemade strawberry jam (leftover from my sister’s birthday cupcakes) and it was WONDERFUL! Thank you for so many wonderful recipes!

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Angela May 14, 2012

Glad you enjoyed it Beks! I have another fun steel cut oat recipe coming up this week you may like :)

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Alex @ Raw Recovery May 14, 2012

Oh these are so cute! I can imagine that for someone with your success putting together a perfect party menu would be difficult/an expectation because your recipes are so great and innovative that your readers (and I’m sure family and friends) would be like, “What will she come up with next?” But after all, it was your day (birthday correct? Happy Birthday!!) and what matters is celebrating YOU :) The pizza sauce looks great! I love the idea of putting so many things in it.

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Angela May 14, 2012

Thanks Alex, my birthday is this Wednesday. When it falls in the middle of the week you get to celebrate for 2 weekends right? ;)

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Alex @ Raw Recovery May 14, 2012

Yup, I think that’s fair :)

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Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl May 14, 2012

I could eat those for breakfast (as I am reading this i the morn). LOL. That loaded pizza sauce looks fabulous, too!

BTW, loving your header, too!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 14, 2012

Thanks Christine!

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Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers May 14, 2012

I’m not sure if I’m more impressed with the recipe itself or the fact that you have “hungover creativity.” ;)

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Angela May 14, 2012

heh I think that hungover creativity is limited to carbs or pizza :)

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Noelle (@singerinkitchen) May 14, 2012

Looks like a winner Angela! YUM!

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Ashley May 14, 2012

I love your hungover creativity. Resembles mine. :)

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat May 14, 2012

Sounds tasty – and these are so cute too! I’m pretty sure I’d have to double the sauce recipe because by the time the crispy tortilla shells come out of the oven, I’ll likely have demolished half of the sauce! Hope you’re feeling better today! :)

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MJ May 14, 2012

Oh my goodness!!! These look fantastic! I could have used this idea Sunday morning as I too was a bit hungover…apparently no creativity on my end though, I had sweet potato fries! ha. Nothing beats pizza on a hungover morning. :)

Do you think Ezekial Tortillas would work? They are so thin and break so easily! What kind did you use?
MJ

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 14, 2012

I used Casa Mendosa brand Tortillas…super soft! I’m not sure if Ezekial brand would work, but it would be worth a shot!

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Nikki May 14, 2012

I noticed that you use the Eden brand of canned tomatoes–is that because Eden has the BPA-free cans?
My fiancé just informed me about the BPA in cans, and now I’m wondering how I’m going to make chili next winter without canned tomatoes!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 14, 2012

Eden has some BPA free cans for beans, but I dont think this can is BPA free (dont quote me on that one though!). You can buy tomatoes in jars in many grocery stores now too. I would suggest keeping an eye out for those.

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Christine @ CleanLiving / DirtyWorld May 18, 2012

Eden has crushed tomatoes in an amber jar. It is the only tomato product available in jars, as far as I know. I wrote to Eden a few months ago. They have tried jars with other tomato products, but they don’t hold up. The crushed tomatoes in a jar are available at my local metro, or lots of health stores.

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Katrina May 14, 2012

Yum! So easy for a quick treat :)

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Cait's Plate May 14, 2012

Love these!! Such a cute idea :)

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Wendy Irene May 14, 2012

These pizza bites look so good I might actually make them tonight! I am low on groceries but have the ingredients to pull this off. Thank you for saving me from a grocery store visit today ;-)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 14, 2012

I hope you enjoy them Wendy! Feel free to play around with the recipe..you really can’t go wrong.

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Wendy Irene May 14, 2012

Thank you, Angela :) I will!

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Meredith May 14, 2012

I used to eat a lot of bagel bites as a kid….I wouldn’t touch them now, but these look like the perfect solution to a healthier bagel bite!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 14, 2012

That’s funny you mentioned Bagel bites because Eric said that’s what they tasted like :)

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table May 14, 2012

These are too cute! I love bite-sized foods. This would make a great party food!

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katie@ KatieDid May 14, 2012

I do the same thing before parties and my typical go-to which I made in 20 minutes before a barbecue last night in fact is a simple tomato, mozzarella, basil and olive oil salad. It’s a crowd pleaser (in the summer when its all so flavorful) and doesn’t take much mental work haha.

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Erica May 14, 2012

I actually just got back from the store and now have to run back out immediately to make these!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 14, 2012

heh…doh! That happens to me all the time.

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Dara May 14, 2012

You are so smart for doing that! Have you ever made your own tortillas??
Living in south Texas, I am going to have to try one day. I just won’t be able to use a press… i think a roller will have to suffice.
I found another vegan food blog the other day and i would like to share it with you. She has some neat recipes.
http://www.holycowvegan.net

cant wait for the next post!

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Allie May 14, 2012

These look amazing!! Going to make them this week for sure.

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kaila@healthyhelper May 14, 2012

That pizza sauce looks incredible!!! And I love the tortilla bowl idea! I can see myself making taco salads in a bowl like that! Yum! Just curious..what brand of tortillas do you use?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 14, 2012

This one was Casa Mendosa brand….very soft. Hope you enjoy them!

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Laura @ She Eats Well May 14, 2012

A creative recipe! I love how you made the tortilla shells…so easy! Why didn’t I ever do this before? Also, I love making cinnamon + sugar chips…the smell alone is heavenly.

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Michelle @ Esculent Dreams May 14, 2012

so creative and fun! i really look forward to trying this out for my next party :)

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Andrea @ Vegvacious May 14, 2012

This is an awesome hangover food indeed! I often use wonton wrappers as little baked cups, but I’ve never thought of using tortillas! You could make some cute little taco bites too I’m thinking!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 14, 2012

I’ve been meaning to try the wonton wrappers before, will have to try that too. Yes taco bites, pesto bites, dessert bites…I have so many ideas. The sky is the limit with these babies!

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Alex May 14, 2012

Okay, this is nothing short of BRILLIANT. I was looking for something teeny, elegant and savoury to have for my Diamond Jubilee Tea party – and these are perfect.

Great use of leftover scraps too. :)

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Christina May 14, 2012

These look great! And my boys (5 and 3) may actually eat them too! It’s so hard to get these kids to eat their veggies (they still love chicken nuggets and hot dogs….trying to find those alternatives for cheap still), but they love pizza. I will have to blend the sauce because if they see individuall veggies in it, they won’t eat it. Crazy, I know. Thanks for the recipe!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 14, 2012

Blending the sauce is a great idea!

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Leia May 14, 2012

These look delicious! We don’t get tortilla wraps here, can anyone suggest an alternative? Maybe something I can bake from scratch?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 14, 2012

I have a homemade tortilla recipe on my blog…I can’t say for sure they would work in this recipe, but if you try it let me know: http://ohsheglows.com/2009/02/16/110-110-kcal-organic-homemade-spelt-tortillas/

Someone else said they use wonton wrappers. Can you find those? Or what about pita pockets?

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Leia May 14, 2012

Thanks so much! I don’t know how I missed that tortilla recipe before. I’ll definitely try it out & let you know how it goes!

I don’t think we get wonton wrappers here but pita pockets might be a possibility. Either way I’ll be trying the homemade tortillas because I think they’ll be great with so many things! Already imagining the possibilities :)

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Averie @ Averie Cooks May 14, 2012

I love that these are one bite and made in a muffin tin..adorable :)

And love doctored up jarred sauces. A great starting point, and then…all the add-in’s and personal touches. Perfect!

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Maria Corell May 14, 2012

These look delicious! LOVE the new header!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 14, 2012

Thanks Maria!

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Andrea G May 14, 2012

These look delicious! I need to make them GF, so I am going to try them with Food for Life’s Brown Rice Tortillas. I will let you know if they turn out or not :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 14, 2012

Yes, please do and goodluck!

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Willow May 14, 2012

What a great idea! Love the loaded pizza sauce, too – even when I use store-bought I always end up adding a bunch of my own veggies to it.

And I DO think there’s an expectation put on us bloggers when it comes to parties and potlucks! I always feel like I need to scramble for something really fancy and exciting, when most of the time all I want to do is grab a bag of chips and salsa and hope nobody notices. :P

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Char @ www.charskitchen.ca May 14, 2012

oh my gosh, this is brilliant! I used to love eating those frozen mini bagel bite pizzas, but these look even better!

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deirdre May 14, 2012

Awesome sauce!! Thanks for sharing…plus what to do wth the leftovers- brilliant!

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Anna @ The Guiltless Life May 14, 2012

I love how many veg you crammed into the sauce! These look like the perfect summer party appy to bring along :)

It’s so funny, I saw your post on Facebook I think where you were editing these pics, and from that small image I thought these were cookies for some reason. So I was confused when I clicked on the post and it said “pizza”. I was like, huh? so funny how we can get something stuck in our minds for no good reason! Maybe I am just too much of a cookie monster – I see them everywhere I go haha!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 14, 2012

hah yea I could see that for sure! I was wondering what people were going to think it was :)

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Ashley Dodge May 14, 2012

I have been in such a pizza mood lately! I love this idea:) And your pictures always make the food look so amazing!

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Natalie - nataliechristina May 14, 2012

Mmmmmm, this looks so delicious! Well thats also a really nice idea! Just to use tortillas, then u’ll get the nice thin dough!

Check out my blog, it would really please me. Besides, i just started a GIVEAWAY (-:

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Michaela@pilgrimageofhealth May 14, 2012

This is perfect! I have a friend coming over for dinner tomorrow and didn’t know what we’d have…putting this on the list!

I just made mini apple pies in muffin tins–I love mini food!

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Stephanie @ Legally Blinde May 14, 2012

These sound amazing!! Definitely bookmarking this recipe, and hopefully I’ll remember it for the next time I have people over. And I really love that you have a solution for the leftover scraps, too – I was wondering about what could be done with them when I saw your picture of cutting out the circles. So perfect!

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin May 14, 2012

I’ve made “bowls” like these for taco salads before. But I love these mini versions! This looks like such a perfect party food.

Also I know what you mean about expectations – I spend forever planning what to make for parties and events because I feel like I always need to bring the perfect dish! It stresses me out sometimes. :P

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Lauren May 14, 2012

Hi Angela, this sauce looks so good! It’s hard to find a good pizza sauce recipe.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 14, 2012

hope you enjoy it Lauren!

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Liz @ Tip Top Shape May 14, 2012

I 100% agree about how having a food blog (even if you’re not one of the big ones) makes you feel like people are judging your food extra hard. Which, of course, they’re not. Unless you make a total bomb, people are just going to be happy to be eating and spending time with you. Plus, it’s free food! Who can say no to free food?! lol

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 14, 2012

I agree! :)

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