Homemade Cheese Pizza Recipe (Toddler Chef-Friendly)
This year, we celebrated toddler boss's 2nd birthday with a surprise pizza party at her school. Pizza is her favorite food and we decided to turn the celebration into cooking class for her and her classmates. It was so much fun watching the tiny chefs assemble their creations and even take a few bites along the way...of course.
Toddler boss assembling her pizza in the custom apron that I designed for her (above).
Her finished product (below)
I kept the ingredients simple, just whole mini-pita bread rounds, naan, olive oil, bambini sauce and mozzarella. If you want to get a little fancy, try a mix of mozzarella and provolone, which gives it a slight "pizzeria" taste. If you've ever had NY pizza, then you'll know what I mean. If you haven't, then you should:-)
RECOMMENDED AGES: 12+ months for eating; 18+ months for cooking. Click here to download our easy baby food reference chart to keep track of what foods you can introduce to your baby and when.
PREP TIME: 10 minutes
COOK TIME: 12 minutes
SERVINGS: The measurements below are just for individual pizzas, with the exception of the sauce. You can leave the sauce in the refrigerator if you think you'll use it again in 2-3 days or store it in the freezer for later. I also use it as pasta sauce (another delicious post coming soon:-)
One pizza generally feeds toddler boss 1 meal. If you're making this for adults, plan on 2 pizzas per person.
Bambini Sauce (makes 4-5 pizzas)
1 ½ teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil
½ cup diced sweet onions
1 teaspoon dried sweet basil
½ teaspoon dried thyme
½ teaspoon sea salt
1 14.5 oz can crushed or diced fire-roasted tomatoes (preferred brand: Muir Glen Organic)
1 ½ tablespoons agave nectar
½ cup shredded organic mozzarella cheese
1 mini-whole wheat pita round
½ teaspoon olive oil
Pre-heat oven to 450 if using a pizza stone (my preference). If you're not using a pizza stone, preheat to 400 and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
To make the sauce:
1. Add olive oil, onions and seasonings to a medium sauté pan and and cook until onions are soft and translucent (about 5 mins).
2. Add tomatoes and agave nectar and cook for about 4 minutes.
3. Remove from heat, transfer to blender or food processor and puree until smooth.
4. Pour the sauce into a small bowl and set aside.
To assemble and cook the pizza:
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