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Batch Cooking – Pizza Muffins


I have said before that I am not a big fan of batch cooking some meat because I do not like the way it tastes re-heated. I do love the idea of spending an hour or two a week to make a lot of food I can freeze to make meal time easier.

My kids love pizza so I found a recipe that uses canned biscuits. But I don’t want to pay for canned biscuits so I made the dough in my bread machine. I was also able to make 24 pizza muffins and I could have made more but since it was my first time I put a little too much dough in the muffin cups. I would say you could get about 30 pizza cups with this recipe.

Put the following ingredients in your bread machine according to the bread machine instructions. ( I put liquids in first and yeast in last.)

Dough

  • 1 cup warm water (Place in the microwave for about 20 seconds)
  • ¼  cup oil
  • 3  cups of all purpose flour (you may need to add more if your dough is runny)
  • 2  tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon  salt
  • 2 ¼  teaspoon  active dry yeast


Add all the ingredients into your bread machine and set it to the bread cycle. It generally spends 30 minutes mixing and 1 hour rising. Make sure you check it after about 10 minutes  to see if you need to add a little more flour or water depending on the consistency of the dough. You don’t want the dough to be very sticky.

After the dough cycle is done, put a small ball inside the greases muffin tin. Form the dough up the sides. The dough will rise a little, just flatten them again.

The Sauce
About 1 cup of your favorite sauce. I just used a large can of tomato sauce I bought from Costco. Because I used plain sauce I also added some dried onion flakes and garlic powder to give it a little more flavor.

Make sure there is a well in the dough so you can put a spoonful of sauce in each muffin tin. Bake at 350 for about 15-18 minutes.

The nice thing is you can customized them. I am going to add some pepperoni to them next time. Use whatever your family likes!

*Update – we added the pepperoni and it was a big hit! I put the pepperoni on top of the dough then I did sauce then cheese. You could also put a little cooked ground beef or your favorite topping on the pizza.

Put them in a ziploc bag and freeze them. Mine never made it to the freezer but when we reheated them from the fridge we put 1 in the microwave 15 seconds.

With this dough I can make about 3 dozen pizza muffins. I make the muffin really small – just enough to cover the bottom because they get bigger.

Here’s some of my other recipes that I like to make in batches:
Twice Baked Potatoes
Granola bars
Croissant
Pancakes
Whole wheat rolls 
Buttery Bread Machine Rolls

 

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