Mini Margherita Puff Pizza Pies

Mini Margherita Puff Pizza Pies


My wee boy is staying with his grandparents in Cyprus just now and I'm missing him like crazy. It's lovely to see how much fun he is having, but it's still hard.

In his honour, I thought I'd share one of his favourite recipes with you. Simple Margherita puff pizza pies.

He asks for these little pizza pies a lot and they are super simple to make. In fact they are easy enough for him to make himself.


Three Mini Margherita Puff Pizza Pies topped with a sprig of fresh basil

Living on the Veg


These simple puff pizza pies are one of the recipes in my new book Living on the Veg, which I co-authored with Clive Gifford.

If you haven't seen it yet, Living on the Veg is a colourful guide to living meat-free which is aimed at children. The chapters include Going Veggie; Ye Olde Vegetarian; What's in a Name?; Why Turn Veggie?; Questions Questions; Healthy Living; A Veggie Life and Get Cooking.


Front cover of Living on the Veg: A Kids Guide to Life without Meat

What can I expect?


It is full of fun facts and answers all the questions you might have about a vegetarian diet.
The recipes are aimed at children aged 9-11 years old, but younger children could make the recipes with a bit more help and they are also perfect for older children and adults who want to try out a veggie diet.
I created 12 recipes for the book. A few you will find on my blog and the rest are new recipes, but they are all easy and delicious.

Recipe pages from Living on the Veg

Living on the Veg Recipes


  1. Cloud Eggs - a fun breakfast idea with meringue like egg whites and soft dippy egg yolks.
  2. Chocolate Chip and Raisin Pancakes - another special breakfast treat the whole family will love.
  3. Pinwheel Sandwiches - a recipe and guide to making pinwheel sandwiches as well as a list of optional fillings.
  4. Sweet Potato and Carrot Soup - a delicious, healthy soup that's easy to make.
  5. 10 Minute Bean Burgers - our favourite burgers which are mashed together in one bowl, then cooked. So, so good!
  6. Puff Pizza Pies - another favourite in our house and quick to make are little puff pastry pizzas.
  7. Quick Green Spaghetti Sauce - an easy sauce for pasta whizzed up in a blender or food processor.
  8. Spinach and Coconut Dal - a simple dal that's made in under half an hour and super tasty.
  9. Easy Chocolate Mousse - just three ingredients, no egg and ready in minutes.
  10. Chocolate Brownies - fudgey chocolate brownies, just how they should be.
  11. Strawberry Cheesecake No-Churn Ice Cream - a luxurious ice cream you can make without an ice cream maker and you don't have to churn it by hand either.
  12. Coconut Ice - a traditional recipe for an old-fashioned sweet treat you can make at home.


Close up of Puff Pizza Pies

Puff Pizza Pies


I mentioned how easy these puff pizza pies are to make, but I didn't explain why.

They are made with ready-rolled puff pastry. Just take it out of the fridge for 15-20 minutes before you are going to use it, then cut circles out with a cup or a small bowl as a template.

Next you spread on either tomato puree or pizza sauce, a sprinkle of dried oregano, slices of fresh mozzarella and slices of cherry tomato. That's it!

Of course you could add your favourite pizza toppings on these mini puff pizzas, but the simplicity of these flavours work so well, I urge you to try them like this first before adding any other toppings.

They aren't too high calorie wise either at 158 calories per mini pizza.
Calories and nutrition for Puff Pizza Pies - 158 calories each


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Yield: 8 mini pizza pies
Mini Margherita Puff Pizza Pies

Mini Margherita Puff Pizza Pies

Easy mini Margherita pizza pies that can be made in under 30 minutes. They are easy enough for children to make and they always love to eat them. Serve with a salad for a light dinner.
prep time: 15 minscook time: 15 minstotal time: 30 mins

ingredients


  • 320g ready rolled puff pastry
  • 4-5 tbsp tomato puree
  • 125g  mozzarella or vegan mozzarella, sliced thinly
  • 8 cherry tomatoes or 4 salad tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano

instructions


  1. Take the puff pastry out on the
    box and leave it on a plate to come to room temperature for 15 minutes before
    your make your pizzas.
  2. Preheat the oven to 200c/180c fan/gas mark 6.
  3. Carefully unroll the pastry. Use a small bowl to cut circles out of the pastry. Press down and give it a wiggle. If you need to you can use a knife, but the bowls should be enough. Place the circles onto 2 baking trays, leaving a space between each pastry circle.
  4. Top each pastry circle with a dollop of tomato puree and spread around carefully, leaving a small border around the edge with no puree.
  5. Top with a slice of mozzarella and slices of tomato.
  6. Sprinkle each pizza with a little oregano.
  7. Bake the pizzas for 15 minutes until the pastry is golden and the cheese has melted. Serve with some salad and garlic bread.
  8. Enjoy!
calories
158
fat (grams)
6
sat. fat (grams)
3
carbs (grams)
21.8
protein (grams)
4.9
sugar (grams)
3.9
Created using The Recipes Generator


You can read a more detailed review of my book in my full book review.


Vegan Roast Vegetable, Pesto and Cream Cheese Pizza

If you like my mini puff pizza pies why not try my full size puff pizza which is full of roasted vegetables and is utterly glorious! A wee bit more grown up and decadent.

Creamy Mushroom and Leek Risotto

Creamy Mushroom and Leek Risotto

A well cooked risotto is a thing of beauty. An over or under cooked risotto is a tragedy on a plate. Believe me, I've been served both when I've ordered them in restaurants. I don't order them now as I really don't want to be disappointed.

What makes a good risotto?


A risotto should be creamy and rich, but cream should never be added to achieve this. The rice should be soft, but have a bit of firmness or bite to it. A bit like what you look for when you cook pasta. That al dente finish. You don't want the rice too soft or you'll end up with a mushy mess that no-one will enjoy.

Scottish Raspberry & Mint Cider Cooler

A tall glass of Scottish Raspberry & Mint Cider Cooler

We've had a wonderful summer here in Scotland and that's a rare thing. We've had sunshine all through May and June and it looks like it's going to last through July too.

Typically a Scottish summer is a dreich affair with lots of rain and the occasional sunny day. So this year we can't believe our luck and we're all outside as much as possible.

We've even hit some of our highest temperatures in June for 23 years, with the waterproof coating of the Glasgow Science Centre melting into black gloop that ran down the sides in the 31 degree heat.

Kale and Cashew Pesto Spaghetti

Kale and Cashew Pesto Spaghetti in a pink bowl


We eat our way through jars and jars of pesto each month  but I sometimes like to make my own. It tastes completely different, depending on which leaves and nuts you use, so you can vary it each time you make it. To make this spaghetti pesto sauce I used kale, basil and cashew nuts as my main flavours and it was really good.

Which Cheese?


I used vegan Parmesan (Violife of course) in the pesto and to finish off the pasta before serving, but you could use standard or vegetarian Parmesan in your pesto and to serve. You can also make this pesto with no cheese, but it definitely adds to the flavour and texture.


Summer Root Vegetable Soup

Summer Root Vegetable Soup

Calling this a summer root vegetable soup may be a misnomer. Are these summer root vegetables? 

Well no, but they are pretty much year round crops in Scotland. They are grown or available in the summer, this is the summer and it is such a colourful cheerful soup. Yep I'm sticking with it being a summer soup.

Do you eat soup in summer?

We do. We eat a lot more salads and light meals in the summer, but we still crave soup, so I have to make a pot fairly regularly.


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