Sunday, May 30, 2010

Pizza Cups

I received some cheese sample from Marcus of Ile De France and Carlos absolutely loved it. I didn’t nickname his Cheese Monster for nothing. He just loves his cheeses. I am actually pretty familiar with Ile De France cheeses as I am able to get from the supermarkets here but if you can’t you can always get in online. Ile de France Cheese has been importing gourmet French brie, goat cheese and camembert since 1936. They were the first importer of French brie to the United States. The company uses the Ile de France name to promote Ile de France brand cheeses as well as other types of gourmet-quality French cheese that are sold under different labels and owned by the same parent company.

Besides eating the cheeses with fresh fruits and crackers I used some of the Brie cheese to make these Pizza Cups. I just love the gooey and oozy brie when they just came out of the oven. They are simply divine. What a great alternative to the usual mozzarella cheese.

Pizza dough ingredients:

1 packet/7 gram dry yeast
¾ cups of warm water – about 110 degree F
2 cups + 2 tbsp of bread flour
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
2 tsp sugar

For Filling:

1 cup of cooked chicken (I used leftover roast chicken)
1/4 cup olives – sliced small
½ small onion – cut into small cubes
1 cup marinara sauce
Pepper to taste
½ cup grated cheddar
Some sliced Brie for topping
Some sliced basil for garnish

1. Dissolve the yeast and sugar in the warm water. Let it stand about 10 minutes or until frothy.
2. In a large bowl combined the flour, olive oil and salt. Stir in the yeast mixture into the flour mixture. Knead it into smooth dough. (you might need to add another 2 tbsp of flour to it). Cover and let it rise to double in volume.
3. In the meantime, combined cooked chicken, olives, onions, cheddar, pepper and marinara sauce in a mixing bowl. Mix well.
4. Get ready a muffin pan. Greased with some melted butter. In a working table, dust with some flour. Roll out the pizza dough and cut out the dough to fit into your muffin pan.
5. Fill it up with the fillings, and top it with a slice of brie. Bake in a pre-heated 375 degree oven until the pizza cups are bubbly and brown. Garnish it with some basil. Let the pizza cups cool down a bit on the muffin pan before removing it. Serve warm or at room temperature.

P/s You can replace the cooked chicken with any type of protein and so is the cheese.


Angie's Recipes said...

A great way to enjoy mini pizza! What a revolution!

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

what a great idea, my 1st time see a pizza cup, look so cute and yummy!

Christine said...

I have been lurking for awhile, but had to come out and tell you that I think you are so creative and your passion for food is evident. I think you could patent this recipe it's ingenious.

WendyinKK said...

Eeeee... these are so cute!!!!

I make them into cups the next time I make pizza!!!

ann low said...

Very creative using pizza cup! Now I learned something new ;D

Bakericious said...

very pretty pizza cups! i ve used bread to make bread cip b4 :)

Memória said...

YUM!! I would love this right now! Bookmarked!

Baking Addict said...

Your pizza cups are so cute! What a great idea. Beautiful pictures as well :)

Melina said...

I will definitely try this out. Looks yummy and I think it would make a great addition to a child's birthday party. I think I will try making this for my daughter's upcoming party.

tinyskillet said...

Love the idea and they look so good!

ReeseKitchen said...

Oooo...its so CUTE!! I know my daughter will like it if I make this for her..haha! What a great idea, Gert..:) Thanks for sharing..will try it soon..:)

Kitchen Corner said...

Wah! I never think of making pizza like this before! This is very creative product! Easy to serve with individual portion. Thanks for sharing, I want to try it with my muffin pan. Thanks thanks!

Pete said...

Cute pizza, this is new designer pizza! LOL!

Noob Cook said...

I'm a (self proclaimed) cheese monster too. They look so cute and pretty!

Elin Chia said...

Haha...they looked cute and I want to make this too. Thanks Gert for this great idea to make them into pizza cuppies :) I am sure Carlos loved that!

Honey Bee Sweets said...

Super idea! These can be served as h'orderves during parties. :) Who doesn't like pizza?!

MaryMoh said...

That's very creative...beautiful! These would be so impressive for parties. Thanks for sharing.

pigpigscorner said...

So cute!

busygran said...

What a novel way for a pizza! You're a genius! I think my grandsons would love it this way. Keep on creating!

Cathy said...

Very clever to make pizza cups! This is the perfect thing to serve with a salad or bowl of soup.

My Little Space said...

Perfect size to control the big eaters! haha.... Love the idea very much. Thanks so much for sharing & have a nice day!
Blessings, Kristy

Jo said...

Now this is a great idea and makes for such fun finger food.

Joan Benlloch said...

A perfect result ... and tasty.

Beachlover said...

this cutie look so delicious! Mishu and Eliot both are cheesylover too..any kind of cheese they just sapu,finger licking gud!!

ICook4Fun said...

Angie, thanks you.

Sonia, I am sure you kids is going to like this.

Christine, thank you for you kind comment.

Wendy & Anncoo, thank you.

Jess, great idea to used bread.

Memoria, hope you like this.

Baking Addict, thank you.

Melina, yes this will bre great for birthday party. You can always make it smaller.

ICook4Fun said...

Lyndsey, thank you.

Reese, you are most welcome.

Kitchen Corner, yes this will make a great party food too.

Pete, :)

Noobcook, you too are a cheese monster. You can shake my husband hand :)

Elin, yes he did :)

Bee, yes great party food. Yes Carlos is all about pizza :)

Mary, you are welcome.

ICook4Fun said...

Pigpigscorner, thanks

Busygran, I am sure you grandsons will love these pizza cups.

Cathy, yes it is :)

Kristy, you too have a nice day.

Jo, yes great for party. All you have to do is make it much smaller.

El Oteador del Mercados, thanks for stopping by and you kind comment.

Lesley, yea Carlos is just the same. He loves his cheeses.

Food For Tots said...

Gert, you are so creative! I'm sure my son will love your pizza cups very much. They are so cute! Can't wait to try them out. ;)

Cherine said...

Those look wonderful, a great idea for appetizer!!

tigerfish said...

I like the idea of pizza cups. Thanks.

Anh said...

This is such a great idea! I'm borrowing it soon!

Christelle said...

Fab party food!! they look great :)

Unknown said...

Cannot wait to try these. They would be wonderful at my Cookie Swap!

Donna said...

Will be following your blog for more wonderful recipes.