I’m going to tell you a story about pancakes. Don’t worry it will make sense in the end.
I can remember one of the first times that I helped my mom make pancakes. I was very excited because the whole process looked so magical. We got our mix together, whisked the crap out of it because it was fun, and then started heating up the skillet. I poured in the right amount and waited until the all-important flip. After the instructed three minutes, I put the spatula under the pancake and….
Totally destroyed the first pancake. It stuck to the pan, wasn’t entirely cooked on the bottom, and was just a big mass of half-cooked batter. I was devastated. My hopes of being a pancake wizard were dashed. I started to get a little teary but my mom stepped in and gave some mom advice.
“Don’t worry, the first pancake is always like that. It’s the test pancake. It lets you test the pan to see if it’s hot enough. The rest of your pancakes will be better because that first one was messed up.”
And she was right. The rest of my pancakes turned out just fine. Now, before you go thinking this was a beautiful teaching moment between mom and daughter, my mom went on to tell me, “Yeah, you’re just like the test pancake. You were our first baby and we had no clue what we were doing. We tested everything out on you so when your sister came along we knew what to do.”
I love my mom.
It was all in good fun and it actually was some good advice when it comes to testing out new recipes or new things. Just because it doesn’t work the very first time doesn’t mean that everything is a total failure. So what does that have to do with pizza? I had a bit of trouble making the crust for these tasty treats and my first one (ok, my first like five) turned out like this:
But I kept at it and was rewarded with this recipe! I chose to make it with my BBQ sauce and Not Mozzarella, Mozzarella, but you can customize the toppings with what you had on hand!
Thanks mom for teaching me about test pancakes and test babies because without them I couldn’t give the world Mini Pizza’s and that would be a travesty. Also, you’re welcome for having like the world’s best test baby 😉
Mini BBQ Pizza’s
- 1 batch of my Even Better BBQ Sauce (or whatever sauce you want to use)
- 1 batch of my Not Mozzarella, Mozzarella (or whatever cheese you prefer)
- 1 cup almond flour
- 1 cup tapioca starch
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 cup water
- toppings of your choice: spinach, peppers, mushrooms, sausage crumbles, basil, caramelized onions, whatever you want!
- Preheat oven to 350 and make sure you have your sauce, cheese, and toppings ready. Line a large baking sheet or two with a Silpat or parchment paper and set aside.
- Place all of the dry ingredients into a large bowl and whisk together. Pour this into a blender and add the water. Blend until you have a batter. It should be more on the thinner side.
- Heat up a small skillet with a little olive oil, I used my tiny cast iron skillet, and pour about 1/4 cup batter into the skillet. Let it cook for a few minutes and then flip it over and cook for another minute before putting it on the prepared baking sheet. Don’t worry if your first one isn’t perfect 🙂
- Keep doing this until all the batter is used up. Place the baking sheets in the oven and cook for 5 minutes. Remove and crank the heat up to 400. While the oven is getting hotter, put the sauce, cheese, and toppings on each pizza. Pop them back into the oven for another 10 minutes or until the cheese starts to brown.
- Remove and let them cool a few minutes before totally devouring!
What are your favorite pizza toppings?