This is a sponsored blog post; while the views expressed here were genuinely mine, consideration was paid to me by Bays English Muffins to created this DIY mini-pizza bar.
Recently we had friends over for dinner. Wanting to spice things up a bit and to try to make things easier, I went with a DIY mini-pizza bar made with our Bays English Muffins.
Why a DIY mini-pizza bar?
Everybody appreciates the versatility and options that come with DIY meals. A person can decide on their favorite toppings, the amount of sauce they like and even how much cheese they have. A DIY mini-pizza bar really is a win for everybody.
Why an English Muffin “crust”?
Using an English muffin as the crust was an easy choice, and yet one I had forgotten about. Bays English Muffins can be toasted or baked slightly before starting so they don’t get mushy. And they have great flavor. We decided to place them opened on a cookie sheet and bake them in the oven for about 5-7 minutes at 375 to give them that extra crunch.
Also, they come pre-cut in the package so it’s easy to split them.
Prepping the toppings for our DIY mini-pizza bar
While the muffins were toasting, it was time to prepare all of the toppings we were going to use. Of course, this is completely up to you and your guests, but we decided on spinach which our 6 year old tore into smaller pieces.
As well as red and green bell peppers, tomatoes, bacon, pepperoni (both turkey and traditional), mushrooms, and of course pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese. We stopped here because we ran out of bowls! But, you could easily add ham, olives, sausage, pineapple and whatever else your heart fancies!
Making our DIY pizzas
Now that all of the toppings were out on the bar and our crusts were slightly toasty, it was time to get to making our own pizzas.
It was time to spread the sauce, add the cheese and toppings and into the oven the pizzas went.
I like that we had different toppings and the kids could have more color than they might get if we just ordered pizza from a pizza place. Plus, this is definitely more cost effective and as fresh as the vegetables you purchase.
The kids thought it was a blast to make their own pizzas. They even experimented with different toppings if they had more than one.
More about Bays English Muffins
We have been really enjoying these muffins. And not just at dinner time, but at breakfast and lunch. My kids come up with some creative ways of eating them just because they like them so much. They’ve eaten them plain, toasted with butter, as a sandwich and topped with scrambled eggs. Bays English Muffins are delicious at any time of day.
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What will you put on your mini-pizza?
DIY mini-pizza bar
- 1 package English muffins
- 1 jar pizza sauce
- 2 cups mozzarella cheese
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1 green bell pepper, diced
- 1 tomato, diced
- 1 cup mushrooms, diced
- 2 cups spinach, cut
- 1 cup pepperoni, quartered
- 1 package bacon, cooked and crumbled
- Pre-bake opened english muffins at 375 for about 5 minutes to lightly toast
- Allow muffins to cool enough to be handled
- Top with sauce, cheese and desired toppings
- Place pizza muffin in oven at 375 for about 10 minutes or until cheese is melting.