Mini No-Knead Pizzas

Posted September 2, 2015 by Stephanie
mini no knead pizza recipe - www.iamafoodblog.com

mini no knead pizza recipe - www.iamafoodblog.com

mini no knead pizza recipe - www.iamafoodblog.com

mini no knead pizza recipe - www.iamafoodblog.com

If you could choose between one giant pizza with your favorite topping or many, many (16, exactly) little pizzas with lots of different combinations of toppings, what would you chose? Hands down, I’d chose the mini pizzas, for two reasons: their undeniable cuteness and the variety.

To me, it was a no brainer, taking a batch of no-knead dough and forming 16 tiny balls for 16 tiny pizzas. Making 16 minis meant that I could come up with what seemed like infinite pizza topping combos. I had a ton of fun chatting about it with Mike; it’s one of my favorite things to do, wandering around with him and shooting the shit about random food ideas. Sometimes Mike indulges me – it can get pretty boring talking about food all the time, or so he tells me – and when he does, I get pretty into it.

The other day, we did just that: went on a little walk, where I went on and on excitedly about food, looking at the sky, not watching where I was walking. Inevitably, I tripped over my own two feet. Mike caught me before I fell (he always catches me) and said this gem of line:

In a zombie apocalypse, the Birkenstocks stay behind.

Of course, after that, we proceed to have an hour long conversation how how exactly we would survive the zombie apocalypse and if we’d have it in ourselves to do the needful if needed (ie, kill the other person if they ever got infected). Eventually, we looped back to pizza toppings and the next day I almost died of cuteness while shaping these tiny pizza crusts.

It was beyond a doubt fun making the pizzas but it was also hilariously fun rating them. We both agreed that the baked potato pizza  – baby baked potato, bacon, sour cream, chives – was the clear winner. I hope you guys get a chance to make some mini pizzas. Or if not mini pizzas, a giant pizza with all your favorite toppings. Now that weather is turning just a bit cooler, I hope ovens everywhere are getting the love they deserve and getting stuffed with pizza, both big and small!

PS – Happy September!!

Mini No-Knead Pizza Recipe
makes 16 mini pizzas

  • 2 cups minus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cups water
  • toppings, as desired

via Bon Appetit

Whisk flour, salt, and yeast in a medium bowl. While stirring with a wooden spoon, gradually add 3/4 cups water; stir until well incorporated. Mix dough gently with your hands to bring it together and form into a rough ball. Transfer to a large clean bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let dough rise at room temperature in a draft-free area until surface is covered with tiny bubbles and dough has more than doubled in size, about 18 hours.

Transfer dough to a floured work surface. Gently shape into a rough rectangle. Divide into 16 equal portions – they will be quite tiny. Working with 1 portion at a time, gather 4 corners to center to create 4 folds. Turn seam side down and mold gently into a ball. Dust dough with flour; set aside on work surface or a floured baking sheet. Repeat with remaining portions.

Let dough rest, covered with plastic wrap or a damp kitchen towel, until soft and pliable, about 1 hour.

To Make the Pizzas

During the last hour of dough’s resting, prepare oven: arrange a rack in middle of oven and preheat to its hottest setting, 500°–550°. Working with 1 dough ball at a time, dust dough with flour and place on a lightly floured work surface. Gently shape dough into a small 3″ disks.

Arrange dough disks on a lightly oiled baking sheet; top with desired toppings. Bake pizzas until bottoms of crusts are crisp and tops are blistered, about 8-10 minutes. Transfer to a work surface to slice, if desired.

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Pizzas pictured (from left to right):

  1. cacio e pepe – black pepper and parmesan
  2. chicken parmesan – crispy chicken, tomato sauce, parmesan
  3. mozzarella, chicken, and broccoli
  4. spicy sausage
  5. baked potato with bacon, cheddar, sour cream, and chives
  6. tomato sauce, chicken, mozzarella, and avocado
  7. pepperoni
  8. sliced potatoes, mozzarella, olive oil, and garlic
  9. tuna, cheddar, and green onions
  10. tomatoes, mozzarella, and egg
  11. aglio e olio – olive oil, garlic, and crushed red pepper
  12. four cheese
  13. bacon cheeseburger
  14. Chinese sausage, green onions, mozzarella
  15. tomatoes, cheddar, and broccoli
  16. tomatoes, anchovies, and crushed red pepper
mini no knead pizza recipe - www.iamafoodblog.com
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  1. it’s like pizza dim sum (because of all the variety and the tiny things that fill you up more than you’d think they would)!! never worn birkenstocks so i can’t personally vouch, but i feel like they’d be a treasured commodity in an apocalypse; if you’re going down, might as well be wearing comfy shoes.

  2. Hannah says:

    Humble Pie and Pizzeria Bianco both offered pizzas topped with red onion, pistachio and parmesan (and leek at Humble Pie). I highly recommend this combo, it was unexpectedly amazing, and one of those things that people either loved or hated.

  3. I love this! Your photos are outstanding and the presentation has me running to the kitchen to get started. I tend to make muffins this way (loading each muffin with something different before baking) but this idea is brilliant. Major high fives and heart eyes emoji.

  4. Synnøve says:

    These are super cute!

  5. This is the best thing I’ve seen all day– I love mini things so much. I am particularly into the egg one, it’s the perfect size for sitting on top of that tiny pizza. So great! xo

  6. Elizabeth says:

    Any recommendations regarding freezing the dough for use another time?

    1. Stephanie Le says:

      i haven’t frozen the dough, but i know that other people have with great success.

  7. madeline says:

    these are so adorable and perfect for a party! I love that these are no-knead too! : )

  8. This. is. GENIUS.

    That’s all.

  9. cynthia says:

    BEST. THING. EVER. Mini pizzas!!!!!!! I want them all!! You are soothing my indecisive soul right now with these beauties. (ALSO, chinese sausage, green onions and mozzarella is killin’ me right now. YES. So much yes.) PS I’m so glad that B2 and I aren’t the only ones that discuss zombie apocalypse plans. So far we’re at (a) get out of Manhattan and (b) jk we’d prob both die or get infected right away.

  10. Brilliant — this is the most inspiring post I’ve seen in ages — sharing, pinning, stumbling…and drooling :)

  11. So cute!! …and tasty! And that gif is just awesome. This post just made my day, Steph. (I wanted to choose a favorite topping but that’s not gonna happen cause they all sound delicious)

  12. This is pretty much the best thing I’ve seen all day.

  13. zombie apocalypse is my hamster wheel mind spiral – sometimes i think i’d be very weak and sometimes i think i’d be very strong – have you ever read The Road by Cormac McCarthy? No zombies, but post apocalpyse … a chilling book … ! Ahem, on to happy things like MINI PIZZAS!!! I am going to have a pizza decorating party with Teddy and Rich! Mini pizzas! 5 each plus 1! Cutest idea ever, Steph. XO

  14. i love this idea!!! wow i miss pizza. like so much. i wonder if i could do this same thing with a gf crust (somehow?). anyhow this is great!

  15. Tram says:

    I’m just dying over here. So cute! You are a genius!

    My bf is vegetarian and I’m not, so this is also perfect also for people with different dietary needs. For instance, my diet requires italian sausage and pepperoni. :)

  16. Omg this. Is. Everything.
    My housemates and I were just talking about having a pizza party today – your timing is just as perfect as the post Steph! And the mini-ness = no more sad days of topping overload/soggy crust!!

  17. Alana says:

    I want all these minis and I want them all to myself. Also, that GIF! OH and one last thing, “In a zombie apocalypse, the Birkenstocks stay behind.” I was LOL’ing hard on that one.

  18. JIN says:

    Love it! Crazy cute!!! I’m a huge fan of your blog, especially because of food like this. They are not only good looking but also fun :-)

  19. Marina says:

    I love this idea!

    I’m definitely going to try this at a dinner party soon.

  20. Julia says:

    Love these little bites!

  21. Vanessa says:

    Your recipe is clear, concise and easy to follow. My kids loved making these and the choices are endless!

  22. Pauline Gorczycki says:


  23. A cook in PDX says:

    How did you get the egg to stay put on the egg/tomato/mozzarella one?

    1. Stephanie says:

      hey, it’s just a raw egg yolk popped on top of the uncooked pizza :)

  24. Oaktown says:

    If I can’t immediately work with the dough at the 18 hour mark, is it OK to refrigerate it for a day or so until I need it?

    1. Stephanie says:

      yes, definitely! just let it come to room temp before working with it :)

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