I make terrible pizza. I can work with each item independently (dough, sauce, meat, cheese), but as soon as we start combining them…Things go a little haywire. It always burns. There is never enough sauce. It is never delicious.

And mostly, this is what we are dealing with: I need something to cook in the oven so I can watch a full episode of 24 before taking it out and watching another episode of 24. It’s got to be something that cooks, without any prodding from me, so I can enjoy my pup + wine + husband.

I think these pizzas will be on our docket for a long, long time. Now that I’m discovering pizza can go in cake pans, I want to put them in everything. Miniature pizzas baked in a cupcake pan for parties? Bundt cake pizza? Pizza loaf?! This blog is a ten-year-old’s dream right now.

Here’s what you’ll need:

- All the fixin’s to go in your pizza dough. I’m not revolutionizing the pizza dough industry here, so these are two recipes we’ve used and liked: gluten-free and lots of gluten.

- One can of tomato sauce

- One can of diced tomato

- One green pepper

- One small eggplant

- One sweet onion

- 2 links of spicy Italian sausage

- Shredded mozzarella cheese

Here’s what you’ll do:

1. Pre-heat your oven to 350. 2. Brown your onion in the pan with olive oil. Add your cans of tomatoes.
3. While that heats up, dice your pepper and eggplant. Set aside.4. Get out two round 9″ cake pans. Oil them up. Put your dough in, kneading it to adjust to the shape of the pan. Flip it over, and re-shape it again.  5. This will get both sides of the dough evenly olive-oiled.


(glamorous, isn’t it?)

6. Sauce your pizzas. We made two personal pizzas: mine had sauce, eggplant, and sausage. Chris’ had sauce, green peppers, sausage, and          mozzarella cheese. Both were delicious. THERE ARE NO WRONG ANSWERS WITH PERSONAL PAN PIZZAS.

tppings7. Pop those babies in the oven for about 20-30 minutes, depending on your oven. Ours is unreliable and a drunk.

8. Take em out…and marvel at how smart you are. Personal pizzas? In cake pans? On a weeknight? Everybody gets to pick their own toppings and gluten levels? Well, I’ll be!



Editor’s Note: Kaitlin, from Chicago, says this is not deep dish because the sauce is not on top.

Well. It is baked in a very deep dish. So. It’s SORT OF deep dish pizza.

And I apologize for the iPhone photos- we’ve lost the charger to the camera and are scurrying for alternatives.