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Mini Chicago Deep Dish Pizzas

There’s a Christmas Eve tradition in my household: no meals on Christmas Eve.

Instead, my family has a “snack night” where hors d’oeuvres are plentiful.

Crockpot weenies, pinwheels, fancy cheeses and crackers are typically set out for people to snack on throughout the night. Sometimes, we make specialty cocktails to serve alongside the snacks.

This year we’re going simple: Costco frozen appetizers make up the bulk of the meal. I am making a few things homemade, including mini snack cracker sandwiches and some pizza-style sausage balls. I also thought about making these mini deep dish pizzas I tested out over the weekend.

This is a great recipe for little pizza bites. If you’re a fan of Chicago-style deep dish, you should give this a try. The tops of the crusty get crispy and browned and the multi-level layers of ingredients go perfectly together. It’s a great appetizer that will wow people on Christmas Eve or New Years’ Eve.

Don’t forget to add some parmesan and oregano to the top AFTER these come out of the oven for even better flavor.

PS: I bumped the cooking time down on this recipe since my pizzas got a little *too* crispy around the edges. The recipe below should be perfect.


Mini Chicago Deep Dish Pizzas

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Bite size Chicago-style deep dish pizzas made with Italians sausage and cheese.


  • 1/2 lb. Italian sausage, cooked and drained
  • 1 (16 oz) pkg of refrigerated pizza dough
  • 4 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 3/4 cup pizza sauce
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a 12-cup muffin tin.
    2. Unroll pizza dough on a lightly floured surface. Roll out until dough is 1/8″ thick. Cut dough into 12 large circles using a cup.
    3. Place circles of dough in muffin tin. Add a spoonful of Italian sausage into each circle of dough. Top with a sprinkle of mozzarella and then a spoonful of pizza sauce.
    4. Top mini pizzas with parmesan cheese and oregano. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until pizza dough is browned. Top with more parmesan and oregano once you take it out of the oven.

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