Pizzakins - a new twist on one of the old #familyfavorites. Individual pizzas in a ramekin? Genius! #shop

Pizzakins {Individual Pizza Ramekins}

August 7, 2014 by Michelle

This recipe for Pizzakins is part of a shop that has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FamilyFavorites #CollectiveBias
Pizzakins - a new twist on one of the old #familyfavorites. Individual pizzas in a ramekin? Genius! #shop

Pizza is one of our family favorites. The wee ones ask me to make it all.the.time. because I make it from scratch and just the way everyone likes it. Mister Man doesn’t get too much sauce on his, while Little Miss gets her special dairy free cheese. The challenge comes where I end up cooking four full size pizzas for dinner. Little Miss’s pizza isn’t hot by the time the “regular” pizza done since I have to bake her two pizzas (yes, two) first to avoid cross contamination, and most of the time I eat after everyone else has finished since I’m shuttling pizzas in and out of the oven and prepping them while my family enjoys their hot meals.

I knew there had to be a way that we could all enjoy our pizzas at the same time, but I hadn’t stumbled upon it until this week.

Grocery shopping is my muse. I frequently walk up and down the aisles of Walmart staring at products until I’m inspired by what to make for dinner. I hate being stuck in a rut, and I’m all about creating amazing flavor that is also kid-friendly. This time, when I spotted the Heinz Classico Family Favorites sauces, I had a brainstorm. Just like the sauce is in a jar, I can contain my pizzas in their own “jar” and thus bake them all at once. Happily, I picked up the Family Favorites Traditional and started plotting. Pizza + ramekin = Pizzakin!

I realized that if I wanted to have the crust on the top of my individual pizzas, traditional pizza dough wouldn’t work well because it gets crispy and would be hard to eat with a fork. Biscuit dough on the other hand…. And my wheels kept turning. I made this by poaching chicken and making homemade biscuits, but you could easily “cheat” and make this much faster with rotisserie chicken from the store and premade biscuits. But really, biscuits are easy, and I make biscuits from scratch with just a few ingredients all the time in my food processor. This recipe is flexible enough that you can really use what you want in it.

The second time around, I used leftover chicken taco meat. Why? This recipe was so popular around our house that a) Little Miss was mad that I only made her one pizzakin for lunch because she finished hers and wanted more and b) everyone raved about them so much after I made them for lunch that they begged until I agreed to make them again for dinner. The only chicken I had left was from chicken tacos the night before, and it worked just fine.

Someone loves pizzakens - easy recipe

The wee ones won’t eat sauteed spinach on its own, but mixing the sauteed spinach into the shredded chicken and Classico sauce meant that the flavor was masked and they devoured it. I love finding new ways to get them to eat more veggies. They knew the spinach was in there, because I’m not the mom who hides veggies, but it was served in a way that they enjoyed the spinach. I kept the pizzakins fairly simple, but just like regular pizza, this would be so much fun to play with. Chopping artichoke hearts and adding them? Yum. Sundried tomatoes? Yes, please. Kalamata olives? Amen. Pepperoni for your meat lovers? Add it in. What would you put in your pizzakin?

Enjoying a bite of pizzakin

How to make Pizzakins

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.

Poach your chicken in a pot of simmering water with a quartered onion, salt, and a bay leaf for 20 minutes. Once your chicken is cooked, use two forks to shred your chicken.

Easy to shred chicken using two forks

In a separate bowl, mix together your mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.

While your chicken is poaching saute your spinach. In a pan, add oil and heat. Mince your garlic, and add your garlic and spinach to the pan. Stir carefully to ensure the heat reaches all the leaves by pulling up the bottom leaves. Within 2 minutes, your spinach will be bright green and significantly reduced. Immediately remove it from the heat. Feel free to run a knife through it, but this is not necessary if you’re using baby spinach.

Add your chicken to a bowl, along with the Classico sauce and spinach. Stir to combine.

Ready to mix together pizzakin ingredients

Make your biscuit dough. In your food processor, add the flour, baking soda, and salt. Pulse to combine. Add your pieces of butter, then pulse again 10-15 times until your butter is in pea size pieces. Remove the top and pour the milk in a circle over your dough, then replace the cover. Pulse just until the dough comes together to ensure you don’t overmix.

Turn your dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead 10 to 15 times until the dough comes together, adding a little more flour if needed. Gently use your fingertips to push the dough out to about 3/4 inches thick. Using one of the ramekins you’ll use to bake your pizzakins, cut out six circles of dough. By using the ramekins, you know your circles will be the perfect size.

Use a ramekin to cut circles of biscuit dough

Add your chicken mixture to six ramekins, dividing the mixture evenly amongst them.

Chicken mixture is the base of pizzakins

Top with the cheese, again dividing it amongst the six ramekins.

Add cheese over your chicken mixture

Add your biscuit dough on top. Feel free to tuck the extra dough under your circles or use it to form pretty designs atop your dough circles to differentiate who has which toppings in their pizzakins.

Adding biscuit dough is the last step before baking pizzakins

Bake in your 450 degree oven for 15-17 minutes until your pizzakins are golden on top and bubbling around the edges. Serve immediately and enjoy with a fork right in the ramekin.

Pizzakins are ready to eat

New Family Favorites: Pizzakins

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

New Family Favorites: Pizzakins

A unique twist on pizza. Create individual pizzas in ramekins with biscuit dough on top for your crust. Kid friendly, and oh so easy!

Ingredients

    For Pizzakins
  • 2 chicken breasts, poached and shredded
  • 4 c baby spinach
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 t olive oil
  • 1 1/2 c Heinz Classico Family Favorites Sauce
  • 2 c mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 c Parmesan cheese, fresh grated
  • For biscuits:
  • 2 1/4 c flour
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1 t salt
  • 6 T cold butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 c milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Poach your chicken in a pot of simmering water with a quartered onion, salt, and a bay leaf for 20 minutes. Once your chicken is cooked, use two forks to shred your chicken.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together your mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.
  4. While your chicken is poaching saute your spinach. In a pan, add oil and heat. Mince your garlic, and add your garlic and spinach to the pan. Stir carefully to ensure the heat reaches all the leaves by pulling up the bottom leaves. Within 2 minutes, your spinach will be bright green and significantly reduced. Immediately remove it from the heat. Feel free to run a knife through it, but this is not necessary if you're using baby spinach.
  5. Add your chicken to a bowl, along with the Classico sauce and spinach. Stir to combine.
  6. Make your biscuit dough. In your food processor, add the flour, baking soda, and salt. Pulse to combine. Add your pieces of butter, then pulse again 10-15 times until your butter is in pea size pieces. Remove the top and pour the milk in a circle over your dough, then replace the cover. Pulse just until the dough comes together to ensure you don't overmix.
  7. Turn your dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead 10 to 15 times until the dough comes together, adding a little more flour if needed. Gently use your fingertips to push the dough out to about 3/4 inches thick. Using one of the ramekins you'll use to bake your pizzakins, cut out six circles of dough.
  8. Add your chicken mixture to six ramekins, dividing the mixture evenly amongst them. Top with the cheese, again dividing it amongst the six ramekins. Add your biscuit dough on top. Feel free to tuck the extra dough under your circles or use it to form pretty designs atop your dough circles to differentiate who has which toppings in their pizzakins.
  9. Bake in your 450 degree oven for 15-17 minutes until your pizzakins are golden on top and bubbling around the edges. Serve immediately and enjoy with a fork right in the ramekin.

Notes

Just like "regular" pizzas, feel free to add your own favorite toppings into the base mixture. Additionally, you can easily substitute and leftover chicken or rotisserie chicken for the poached chicken and premade biscuit dough for the biscuits listed here.

http://www.honestandtruly.com/new-family-favorites-pizzakins-recipe/

This recipe turns traditional pizza on its head, but this has already become a fan favorite here. The ingredients are simple, and I love that I’m getting some great nutrition into my family while making them this happy. So what’s your surprise family favorite recipe?

Like I said, this could so easily be made your own. Set up a station for people to put in your own toppings or have fun with some of these ideas.

Top 10 Ideas for Pizzakin Flavors

  1. Pepperoni: cut up and mixed into the chicken
  2. Veggie: shredded potato, diced tomato, and asparagus with tomato sauce
  3. Hawaiian: add Canadian bacon and pineapple
  4. Chicken Alfredo: caramelized onion, sauteed spinach, and mushrooms mixed with the Classico Alfredo sauce
  5. Chicago style: Italian sausage, mushrooms, green peppers, and onions
  6. Greek: spinach, chicken, diced tomato, kalamata olives, and feta
  7. Italian beef: Italian beef, tomato sauce, and sauteed green peppers
  8. Mexican: black olives, tomatoes, green peppers, ground beef or mmm chorizo, tomato sauce, and cheddar cheese
  9. Meat lovers: Italian sausage, pepperoni, salami, cut up meatballs, and ham
  10. Eggplant Parmesan: fried eggplant, caramelized onions, spinach, and gorgonzola and/or feta

Hungry yet? I am!

What flavors would you make for your Pizzakins?


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