Admit it, you probably have your local pizza joint on speed dial. We do. But sometimes we don’t want to have to eat a whole pie. Thankfully, a lot of pizza lovers feel the same way. We managed to round up 16 recipes that keep the pizza flavour, but transform the comfort food into snacks and mains you hadn’t thought of. This is pizza all day and all night. We’re licking our lips already.
16 mind-blowing ways to reinvent pizza night
3-Meat Pizza RingItalian sausage, pepperoni and bacon? Sign us up! Flaky crescent rolls do the hard work of holding all the delicious stuffing in place, and it puts dinner (or lunch or game time snack) on the table in 40 minutes. Serve lots of pizza sauce on the side for dunking.
GET THE RECIPE HERE. Julie's Eats & Treats
Pizza WafflesCooking pizza dough in a waffle iron? Amazing! And parents, pay attention: “This is also a great way to “hide" veggies or other healthy options in pizza from kids," writes blogger Courtney. This is a great idea for brunch or for a twist on the boring ol' grilled cheese.
GET THE RECIPE HERE.Sweet C's Designs
Zucchini Pizza BoatsThe words “healthy" and “pizza" usually don't work well together in the same sentence. But this recipe manages to capture the best of both worlds. Not only are these delicious, but they're a feast for the eyes as well with the vibrant green zucchini and bright marinara sauce.
GET THE RECIPE HERE.Cooking Classy
Pepperoni Pizza MeatballsMind blown! Yes, these look like regular meatballs…until you bite into one. Cue a gooey and stringy mozzarella centre (sigh!). If you're a fan of Italian food like bloggers Julie and Maddie, this is going to be on your dinner rotation for years to come.
GET THE RECIPE HERE.Taste of Lizzy T's
Loaded Pizza Pasta Casserole“Loaded" is quite literally the operative word in this recipe. Two kinds of cheese, two kinds of meat and cream (among other delish ingredients) band together to create a dinner that will have everyone fighting for the first and last helping. Save us some!
GET THE RECIPE HERE.The Midnight Baker
Quinoa Meatball Pizza CupsKids will love, love, love these handy little cups. Not only are they fun to eat, but we love that each one has a meatball baked into its centre. Talk about great presentation. Serve with a nice green salad on the side or as appetizers for your next gathering.
GET THE RECIPE HERE.The Weary Chef
Pizza CupcakesYou'll never look at your muffin pan the same way again. And we won't blame you. This super versatile recipe let's you mix and match flavours, depending on what's tucked away in the back of the refrigerator. Yes, even kale.
GET THE RECIPE HERE. Somewhat Simple
Skinny Layered Pizza DipThink of this as deconstructed nachos. Instead of layering the tortilla chips, blogger Katie baked all the ingredients into a nice gooey pile of cheese, veggies and pizza sauce. Just imagine it all warm from the oven. Mmm! Serve with Scoops for maximum pleasure.
GET THE RECIPE HERE. Dashing Dish
Pizza PopcornIf you're counting calories, you don't have to miss out on any pizza fun. Thanks to blogger Mallory's ingenious recipe, all you have to do is toss popcorn with garlic salt, Parmesan cheese and crushed basil and oregano. Voila! Guilt-free pizza is ready.
GET THE RECIPE HERE.Chocolate with Grace
Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza BallsThis is the kind of foodie love child we can't get enough of. Made with refrigerator buttermilk biscuits, they're a snap to put together. Even better, they're stuffed with things you probably have on hand like hamburger, cheese and bacon. Nom!
GET THE RECIPE HERE. The Gunny Sack
Pizza Roll-UpsThis recipe is more of a weekend project because you need to let the dough rise for a bit. However, if made in advance, they are the perfect portable food for road trips or brown bag lunches. Make and freeze an extra batch so you can skip cooking dinner one night.
GET THE RECIPE HERE.My Kitchen Escapades
Pizza Macaroni & CheeseTwo comfort foods in one? We love the sound of that. Flavour is amped up with Italian seasoning, marinara sauce and Parmesan cheese, while cute little mini pepperonis add colour and protein. A little extra red pepper flakes or hot sauce wouldn't be a miss.
GET THE RECIPE HERE.Very Culinary
Pizza Baked Potato with Mozzarella, Ham & TomatoThere's no way we could turn down a good ol' baked potato. Fresh mozzarella gets tucked into potato halves before being topped with the fresh ingredients. No Serrano or smoked ham on hand? Switch it up with bacon or leftover roast chicken.
GET THE RECIPE HERE. Delicooks
Dairy-Free Pizza QuicheDon't worry Paleo and gluten-free folks, we got you. Sweet potatoes stand-in for a traditional crust, which is then filled with a rich mixture of sundried tomatoes, coconut milk, black olives and spinach. We're salivating just thinking about it.
GET THE RECIPE HERE.The Spunky Coconut
Cheesy Chicken Pizza BagelsFour ingredients are all you need to achieve instant pizza nirvana. This shortcut version gets help from store-bought rotisserie chicken and jarred marinara sauce, and comes together in less than 15 minutes. Great for a speedy dinner on busy weeknights.
GET THE RECIPE HERE.Mommy Hates Cooking
Pizza NachosLoad 'em up! Your next party deserves to be kicked off with a huge platter of these nachos. The recipe is vegetarian, but you can “pizza it up" by adding popular toppings like pepperoni, bacon or even crumbled meatballs. Just be ready to share.
GET THE RECIPE HERE. Cintron Limette