One rainy Saturday this Winter the Daddies hit the town for a Guys’ Night Out. I know I am not alone in saying that a Saturday night at home with just Mommy and the kids is always a lot more fun when you turn it into a playdate. It’s kind of a win/win because the Daddies get their night off, the kids get to hang with their friends and stay up past bedtime and the Mommies get a chance to visit instead of sitting at home alone. Since night time can be somewhat of the witching hour for our overstimulated weekend toddler warriors, my friend Lauren and I decided to have a “make your own pizza” night rather than calling one in and put on a movie with their very own pallets. There was some prep work involved because we had to factor in two 3-year old’s attention spans especially when they had a one-track mind for the movie following dinner, so we laid out the crusts on the pizza pan and spread the pizza sauce and they were ready for their toppings.
I have to say they did pretty good with the culinary task of making their own dinner. There was a slight hurdle we had to get over when they had to put on their aprons, but I have a rule that if you cook in my kitchen you wear an apron and that’s that. It’s just a thing of mine. We had several taste tests to make sure the cheese was up to par and a “Mine-o-saur” or two showed up occasionally, but all in all they behaved like perfect little chefs extrodonaire.
No Need for Take-out Toddler Pizza
- Boboli Mini Pizza Crusts (if you prefer to make your own dough click here for a recipe)
- Olive oil
- Boboli Original Pizza Sauce (if you prefer to make your own pizza sauce here click for a recipe)
- Hormel Mini Turkey Pepperonis
- Shredded Mozarella
- Various other toppings (we kept it simple for the littles, but you can add any vegetable or meat topping your littles might like)
- Garlic poweder to taste
- Onion salt to taste
Follow instructions on pizza crust package to slightly pre-bake the crust. Remove from oven and lightly brush with olive oil. Spread pizza sauce on pizza to desired thickness. Layer toppings on pizza in whatever order their little heart’s please. Restrain yourself from trying to make it look pretty or even and let them do it by themself (note to self).
Bake pizzas at 425 degrees for 17 minutes or until cheese is melted and crust is golden brown. ” YUMMY, YUMMY in my TUMMY!”