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Tuesday 20 June 2023

Animal Pizzas : Owl, Cat, Rabbit, Dog

Aren't these animal-shaped pizzas cute! Which one will you choose? I like the look of the rabbit 😊 They are made using muffin bases, and are topped with a speedy tomato sauce that's packed with veg. Fun and yum all in one! Perfect for family gatherings, I'm sure the younger members will dive in quick!

Makes eight pizzas
4 English muffins, halved
8 cheese slices
3 slices turkey breast
1/2 red pepper, sliced into thin sticks
2 balls of mini mozzarella
4 blueberries, halved
2 cherry tomatoes, halved
8 Kalamata or black pitted olives
¼ yellow pepper
4 baby spinach leaves
2 slices Italian salami

For the hidden veg tomato sauce
1 tbsp olive oil
100g (4oz) mushrooms, sliced
1 trimmed leek*, sliced
1 red or yellow pepper, chopped
1 carrot, grated
small handful fresh basil, chopped
1 x 400g tin tomatoes

*If you don't have any leeks, try using spring onions (scallions) instead

1. Make the hidden vegetable sauce. Heat the oil in a saucepan and cook the mushrooms, leek, pepper and carrot for 10 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and basil and cook for a further 2-3 mins. Blitz until smooth with a hand-held stick blender or in a food processor. Set aside until ready to make the pizzas or freeze for a later date.
2. Heat the oven to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C. Toast the muffins and lay out on 2 lined baking sheets. Top each half with half a tablespoon of tomato sauce and a cheese slice, cutting to the same size as the muffins. Reserve the offcuts to make ears and beaks. Bake for 10 mins, until the cheese is melted and golden.
3. To make the owl, take 2 muffins and put 1 turkey slice onto each, then use the cheese offcuts to make the ears and beak. Add a couple of slices of red pepper strips for the wings and use the mini mozzarella and blueberries for the eyes.
4. To make the cat, cut the remaining turkey slice into 4 triangles for the ears and place on 2 of the muffins. Add blueberries for the eyes, an olive for the nose and red pepper sticks for the whiskers.
5. To make the rabbit, add halved cherry tomatoes to 2 of the muffins for the eyes, add an olive for the nose, 2 chunks of yellow pepper to make the teeth and add 2 spinach leaves for the ears.
6. To make the dog, halve each slice of salami and add to the remaining muffins to make ears. Place a piece of mozzarella in the middle to make the base of the nose, then top with a slice of olive. Use 2 olive slices to make the eyes, then cut the remaining red pepper sticks into tiny pieces and shape into a mouth.
Each serving
Carbohydrate 16.8g Protein 19.5g Fibre 1.4g Fat 9g
From original idea here

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All the best Jan


Haddock said...

Oh that is very imaginative (the art)

Anonymous said...

Great fun and tasty.


happyone said...

Oh aren't they cute!! Almost too cute to eat!!

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Cutest food I've seen! Very clever lol

Christine said...

Very cute!

J.P. Alexander said...

Geniales pizzas te mando un beso.

roentare said...

I don't eat biscuits, but these animal shapes are so cute!

Angie's Recipes said...

A fun treat!

Catarina said...

When my children were small I used to do something similar with pancakes.
They are fun to make and fun to eat!!

Elephant's Child said...

Very cute. And fun.

Margaret D said...

Very clever Jan.

Elderberry-Rob said...

love the rabbit

Tom said...


Iris Flavia said...

Oh, they are all so cute! I prefer the idea with the mushroom as base, though - thank you for this tip!

Valerie-Jael said...

Wonderful ideas! Valerie

Rajani Rehana said...

Beautiful blog

Anne (cornucopia) said...

What a fun idea. These look great.

Recep Hilmi TUFAN | said...

Woow! They are looking so cute!

Magaly Guerrero said...

The rabbit is the cutest. And I know a not-so-small person who would love it. :)

Practical Parsimony said...

Cute! I would eat those!

William Kendall said...

Those look good.

My name is Erika. said...

These little pizzas are really cute. Kids would love them.

Crafty Green Poet said...

Rabbit, definltey

♥ Łucja-Maria ♥ said...

The pizzas look very appetizing. I would like to eat one piece.
Hugs and greetings:)

sandy said...

I would have never thought of making little pizzas on english muffins. I will think about this next time i got to the store.

Phil Slade said...

Oh heck Jan. Don't give the kids new reasons to demand yet more pizza.. On the other hand I know that pizza isn't necessarily all bad, just those that include pineapple.

Conniecrafter said...

oh my goodness those are too cute, I am sure this is a great way to get kids to eat them, I too like the rabbit!