Although pizza isn't exactly a traditional holiday dish, one thing's for sure: Pizza is delicious all year round! So, why not make these mini Christmas tree pizzas as a festive snack or appetizer? Thanks to store-bought pizza sauce and canned crescent dough, this recipe is super quick and easy. You can even turn it into a family activity, as kids and adults alike will love making (and eating) these cheesy treats.
Things You'll Need
2 8-ounce tubes of crescent dough, chilled
3/4 cup pizza sauce
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/3 cup black olives, sliced
1/3 cup green bell pepper, diced
1/3 cup mini pepperoni
Fresh basil or parsley, chopped
Christmas tree cookie cutter
Omit the pepperoni to make the vegetarian mini pizzas.
Add about 1 teaspoon oil to a small skillet. Cook the bell peppers for 5 minutes, or until slightly tender. Set aside.
Preheat the oven to 350°F. If you'd like, line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats to catch burned cheese. Otherwise, you can use unlined baking sheets.
Roll out a tube of crescent dough on a sheet of parchment paper. Gently press the perforated lines together.
Press a Christmas tree cookie cutter into the dough, cutting out as many trees as possible. You can do this by placing the cut-outs very close together. It also helps to flip the cookie after every cut-out to get the most out of your dough.
Repeat with the second tube of dough.
To re-use leftover dough, roll the scraps into balls. Place each ball between two sheets of parchment paper, flatten with a rolling pin then transfer to a plate or baking dish. Chill for 10 to 15 minutes in the freezer; this will make the dough less sticky and easier to work with. Once chilled, cut out more trees.
Place the crescent trees on the lined baking sheets. Bake for 5 minutes.
Spoon about 1 tablespoon of pizza sauce on to each tree.
Add the shredded mozzarella cheese. Top with bell peppers, sliced olives and/or mini pepperoni.
Bake for another 8 minutes, or until the edges are golden and the cheese is melted and bubbly. It may take more or less time to finish baking, depending on your oven.
Garnish with chopped basil or parsley. Serve immediately.