Classic Margherita Pizza Cups

They say happiness comes in small packages 🙂  This recipe is nothing less than that. I am sure you love and adore all the toppings of your favorite pizza but nothing beats a simple, yet CLASSIC MARGHERITA PIZZA!!!

This pizza cup recipe is a tiny version and is surely a hit and one of a kind.

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Hello Lovely Readers,

I know most of you are going to hate me for not posting recipes through out the week since past 2 weeks. I am really sorry guys. I have a really special surprise for you guys. Something I have been planning for months now. But i am only going to talk about it once it is completely ready to be showcased. Why spoil the fun right??? Its a really special project for me and i am busy with that. I promise once that is over and I am back to the normal routine, i am going to post 2 recipes per week as always or may be 3.

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Nonetheless, coming back to this recipe, I want you guys to try it as soon as you read the post. The reason is that these are really really easy to make and also amazingly delicious. I don’t think I have posted a easier recipe than this. If you are a pizza lover, then get the ingredients and start baking them right away guys.

Honestly, I love my pizza loaded with a variety of toppings right from mushrooms to bell peppers to caramelized onions and what not. To me a pizza without topping is like a cupcake without frosting. I heart my toppings that much. But sometimes the simpler the better. Once in a while, I love to indulge in a Classic Margherita Pizza. The combination of cheese, tomato and basil is enough to get your taste buds dancing. So, I decided to bake these yummy-licious pizza cups.

P.S- My love for single servings is inseparable. Result: pizza cups. 😛

These pizza cups are the best blend of easy and satisfying food. Plain and simple, it just tasted GOOD. Also these are fulfilling without too much grease and gunk weighing you down. Now these pizza cups aren’t bite sized. They are filling as it is loaded with cheese. So, 2 to 3 of these along with salad or soup can make one heck of a meal. Please invite me if you are making some. I am tempted to eat them again as i am uploading the pictures..but they got over in minutes guys..

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These pizza cups aren’t made out of any pizza dough or pizza base. A pizza base becomes too thick for making cups. These are made out of tortillas as they fit perfectly as the base for the cups. Now, I make fresh tortillas for the cups and I am going to list down the recipe of making fresh tortillas too. But you can easily get a store bought one to make these. Making fresh tortillas is not at all important.

Besides the dough, there are only 4-5 ingredients here.Use your favorite homemade tomato sauce – not too much. Good quality mozzarella. Fresh, plump, juicy tomatoes. Lots of fresh basil… and bonus if it’s from your garden. Season with fresh ground pepper. That’s all.

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So lets get started with the recipe now.

RECIPE: CLASSIC MARGHERITA PIZZA CUPS

Makes: 10 to 12 

Prep Time: 30 mins( if you are making fresh tortillas)

Baking Time: 15 mins

INGREDIENTS:

For the Tortillas: (Optional, you can use store bought tortillas)

  • All purpose flour: 1 cup
  • Salt- 1/2 tsp
  • Oil or shortening: 2 tbsp
  • Water

For the recipe:

  • Olive Oil- 1 tbsp
  • Roasted Garlic- 2 cloves finely chopped
  • Your favorite pizza or tomato sauce: 1/4th cup (To make pizza sauce at home: Saute garlic, onions and add tomato puree. Cook for 10 mins and add seasonings)
  • Mozzarella Cheese: 1 cup
  • Plum Tomatoes- 2 sliced
  • Basil- dried or fresh
  • Ground Pepper- to taste
  • Salt to taste

PROCESS:

If you are making fresh tortillas at home, then mix all the ingredients under the heading and make a soft dough. Cover the dough with a wrap for 15 mins. After that, divide the dough into equal parts and start rolling each one of them into circle. Make sure it is very thin. In a slightly greased non-stick pan cook the tortillas until they have light brown spots on each side. Do not over cook them. This quantity will make about 8 to 10 tortillas.

Once the tortillas are ready, cut them into circles of about 3′ to 4′ in diameter with the help of a cutter. Press the circled out tortillas in a muffin tray to form a cup like structure. I used 2 muffin trays to make 12 pizza cups.

Now brush these tortillas in the tray with olive oil and garlic. Add half a spoon of tomato sauce (either homemade or readymade).

Fill it 3/4th with mozzarella and top it with sliced tomatoes.

Bake these in a preheated oven for 15 mins at 160 degrees. Top with ground pepper and salt once baked.

They are ready to be served hot.

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Garlic Potato Stacks

Are you bored of the conventional boiled,mashed or fried potatoes?? Try my all new Garlic Potato Stacks which are so delicious that you cant just stop at one.

The ultimate Party Rockers!!!!!!

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Hello Lovely Readers,

Potatoes are everybody’s favorites. The form may be different though. Some of you would like it fried..some boiled..some mashed and some roasted but I hardly know of anybody who doesn’t like potatoes in any of these forms. Not that I am a calorie counter but I try and avoid fried potatoes as much as I can. I would rather roast them in the oven and eat them. But all this while I thought that no matter what, nothing can beat the taste of fried potatoes. Unless I tried this recipe.

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These garlic potato stacks are on top of my easy appetizers list. It is so easy to make and the end result is just unbelievable. I mean all you got to do is slice the potatoes..season them and then stack them together in a muffin tray. Bake them until brown and Voila….Your Potato Stacks are ready.

P.S- These are ultimate Party rockers.

The best part about this recipe is that you can make it any time you like. It does not require any fancy ingredient and is just perfect for your Sunday cravings. This one should definitely go up on my Fuss free Sunday recipes post. If you are following me on INSTAGRAM you would know that every Sunday I post a recipe which you could easily make without much to do. I think I should put up a separate page on the blog too regarding this. What say guys??? Let me know if you like the idea and I will definitely start working on it.

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Coming back to this recipe… you wouldn’t know what I am talking about until you try them. Craving for French Fries? No more because these potato stacks are unbeatable.

Lets begin with the recipe now.

RECIPE: GARLIC POTATO STACKS

MAKES: 6 single serves

PREP TIME: 10 mins

BAKING TIME: 30 mins

INGREDIENTS:

  • Potatoes: 3 large (Peeled and sliced)
  • Garlic Olive Oil: 4 Tbsp
  • Salt: to taste
  • Pepper: to taste
  • Garlic Powder: 1/2 tsp
  • Onion Powder: 1/2 tsp
  • Paprika: 1/4th tsp

PROCESS:

Peel the potatoes and slice them thinly. Mix all the seasonings with the oil. With a pastry brush, brush the muffin tins with this oil.

Then layer a potato slice in the bottom of a muffin tin with a thin layer of oil mix brushed on it. Layer another slice of potato and brush it with the garlic oil. Keep repeating till is stacks up to the top of the muffin tin. You can also season it with salt and pepper.

Bake them in a pre-heated oven for about 25 to 30 mins or until they are golden brown.

Enjoy these potato stacks.

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Crunchy Italiano Pizza Strips

Bored of thinking what to make as a quick party snack or starter? Want to make something quick, easy yet impressive? Want to crunch something along with your hot winter soup? Well, if answer to all these is a Yes,

Then you surely need to try these Crunchy Italiano Pizza Strips. These are a quick 15 mins starter and gets ready in a jiffy. ❤

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Hello my lovely readers,

I am constantly striving to try making recipes which are ready in no time. I mean obviously there are days when you don’t want to bother yourself much or are extremely hungry that you need something amazing urgently to kill those hunger pangs. Well, the latter happens with me most of the time. So here is my another quick starter recipe which I call the Crunchy Italiano Pizza Strips 🙂

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The recipe that I have used to make these Pizza Strips isn’t something new, though the idea is quite innovative i feel. I don’t know how many of you can relate to this, but decades ago when people didn’t know how to make the restaurant style pizza sauce at home..all they did was to apply tomato ketchup as the base sauce for the homemade pizza and throw in some cheese and it was ready. It was much later when people started making a specific kind of pizza sauce at home. However, I still know a lot of people who just use ketchup as the base. In this recipe of pizza strips I have done something similar.

P.S- All you need to do is to add some Italian seasoning to make it taste much better.

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This is totally an evening snack to munch on and doesn’t make you full. You can crunch these along with your hot bowl of soup in the evening or simply serve it as a starter along with some dip or mustard sauce. It is super easy to prepare and even if you are not much aware about cooking and baking this one is totally a hands down…..its that easy.

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You can prepare the strips in advance, and just bake them when your guests arrive or you are ready to eat. You just need to mix a couple of ingredients, apply them as a base to a thin pizza base, top it up with cheese and cut them in thin half inches strips. The baking time is just 10 mins as the base that we need to use in this recipe is a thin one and it will get crunchy in no time.

P.S-Bake them just till you get the desired crunch. Do not overbake!

RECIPE: CRUNCHY ITALIANO PIZZA STRIPS

Makes- 10 to 12 strips

Prep Time- 5 mins

Baking Time- 10 mins

INGREDIENTS:

  • Thin Crust Pizza Base- 2
  • Tomato Ketchup- 2 tbsp
  • Tabasco Sauce- 1 tsp
  • Chili Garlic Sauce- 1 tsp
  • Red Onion- 1 small finely chopped
  • Bell Peppers- 1/4 finely chopped
  • Salt- A pinch
  • Roasted Red Chili Flakes- to taste
  • Mixed Herbs- to taste
  • Processed Cheese- 1/2 cup grated
  • Olive Oil- to coat

PROCESS:

Brush some olive oil on the top side of the base and keep it aside. In a mixing bowl add all the other ingredients and mix well.

Apply a spoonful of mix on the base. Make sure you apply a very thin coat of the sauce mix..it is just to flavor the bread a little. Do not add excess sauce.

Sprinkle over cheese and tap it with your hands so that it sticks to the sauce. Cut the base into thin half inches strips with the help of a pizza cutter.

You may also sprinkle some chili flakes and mixed herbs on top for additional flavor.

In a greased non-stick baking tray, line these strips and bake them for 10 mins at 180 degrees in a pre-heated oven.

Every oven is different so make sure you first bake it for 8 mins and if they aren’t brown and crunchy,bake them for a few more minutes.

Your Crunchy Italiano Pizza Sticks is now ready.

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Chilli Chickpea & Salsa Tacos

Looking for a easy 10 mins starter? Nothing better than a hot serving of Tacos!!!!

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Hello All you Lovely Readers,

If you have been a regular reader of my blog, you would know how much I love Mexican Food. Right from Quasedillas to Cheesy Pizza Nachos I have posted quite a few of them on the blog. I love Mexican food because it is spicy and can be made in a lot of universal ways. I mean it appeals to the taste bud of the Asian People I believe.

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Tacos is one of the most famous Mexican Food. These are corn tortillas folded and  filled with a variety of filling of ones choice and can be made in the most easiest way possible. The best part that I love about Tacos is that it is really versatile. Right from a simple salsa or gucamole to a variety of beans you can fill this up with anything of your choice. It need not be necessarily fancy.

This one that I have made is the easiest Taco Filling and the yummiest one. This is a Spicy Chickpea and Salsa Tacos which is really spicy. You can serve it with Sour Cream or it is even good just the way it is, All you have to do is make the filling before hand and you can just fill it in the tacos and warm it just when needed.

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Well, These days a Taco Shell is very easily available in the market. The one I have used for this recipe too is a ready made Taco Shell. Honestly, I have never tried making them on my own. However, If you do not find a taco shell at your place, all you could do is prepare corn tortillas and fold them once the filling is added. I will do a recipe of that sort very soon.

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Chickpeas are very healthy. It has a lot of nutrients and can be eaten in many forms. The mixture that I have made for the taco filling is simply chickpea cooked in salsa. It is tangy and really spicy. I will be doing a lot more recipes out of chickpeas.I think they turned out quite well. I though I could make these with only beans but these chickpeas have turned out to be amazing. On my mind, is a chickpea soup and salad. I will try fill those up soon.

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Its Day 10 of workout today. Trying to be regular and trying to eat as healthy as possible. I dont believe in crash diet and all. You could just maintain the intake of your calories. Cheat meals are my favorite and its important too, so that you can keep all those cravings aside. I have replaced my sweet cravings with a fruit and it has worked for me. What is you secret mantra? Do share it with me. I will be sharing a few healthy meals that I am eating these days once I complete a month of my workout session. 🙂

RECIPE: CHILI CHICKPEA & SALSA TACOS

MAKES- 6 TACOS

PREP TIME- 5 MINS

BAKING TIME-3 MINS

INGREDIENTS:

  • Boiled Chickpeas- 1 cup
  • Garlic Cloves- 2
  • Red Onion-1 chopped
  • Green Chillies- 2 chopped
  • Tomatoes- 1 chopped
  • Cilantro- 2 tbsp
  • Salt- to taste
  • Red Chilli Flakes- 1 tsp
  • Taco Seasoning Mix- 1 tsp
  • Lemon Juice- 1/2 tsp
  • Black Pepper- to taste
  • Taco Shells- 6
  • Olive Oil- 1 tsp

PROCESS:

In a pan heat oil and add garlic, followed by green chilies and onions. Cook it for a minute or so. Then add chopped tomatoes and all the seasonings. Lastly add chick peas and let it cook for atleast 5 mins. Don’t add water to this mixture because we want the filling to be dry. Lastly add Cilantro and keep aside.

When ready to serve, fill the Taco Shells with the Chickpeas Mixture and bake it for 3 mins at 180 degrees. You can also Microwave it for 90 secs on high.

Your Chili Chickpea & Salsa Tacos is now ready.

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Looking for more Mexican Recipes? Try my:

Cheesy Quesadilla with Salsa

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Baked Cheesy Nachos

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Baked Cheesy Nachos

Who doesn’t ❤ Nachos? Well, all of us do. Do you know you could make your favorite nachos at home all by yourself.  If you wish to make your favorite nachos in a baked version you definitely should try this recipe.

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P.S-  It is like a must when you are out with your friends or watching a movie or just a chit chat over tea. Nachos serves as the best thing to munch and is an all time favorite.

Honestly, I prefer Nachos over other chips like Lays, Uncle Chips etc. I have never been a huge fan of these. Even if I do eat them, I like the Plain Salted Flavor. Nachos has become an all time favorite. I like the spicy salsa over the cheesy one. What about you? They come in so many flavors these days and are an ultimate favorite among kids and elders. I think people prefer eating nachos over popcorn these days in the theaters. You can either eat them directly from the packets or the baked ones that we get in restaurants.

I  like LOVE baked nachos. I feel its a meal in itself. Topped with a lot of cheese and sour cream its the best thing ever. A plate full of baked nachos and a perfect drink to go along with it and my day is sorted. I have been wanting to make my baked version of the nachos and I finally made them. I call these Pizza Nachos because they are exactly like a pizza. It has a lot of veggies and cheese.

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P.S- Nachos these days have become a party ESSENTIAL ❤

Truely, No party is complete without nachos. It is not only easy to assemble but also yummy. I have made the corn tortilla chips i.e nachos myself. YES, you heard it right. It is extremely easy to make. If you don’ t wish to make it on your own, you can go ahead and get your favorite flavor from the store too. The choice is entirely yours. I chose to make the nachos on my own because I was quite excited to make this dish from the scratch. And it is really a challenge for a food blogger to come up with better ideas for the readers. We really have to be on our toes to bring something new and innovative all the time.

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Making the Nachos all by Yourself:

You have to keep 3 Things in Mind:

1. To knead a perfect dough. Cornmeal is different from the regular flour that we use..and hence you have to be careful while kneading the dough. Make sure you do not add a lot of water to it. The dough shouldn’t be too soft.

2. Rolling out the dough is a difficult thing to do. You have to be gentle and patient. Avoid using too much flour while kneading the dough.

3. Fry them at a really low flame so that they are evenly cooked.

Talking about the procedure or efforts in making the nachos all by your own is that, the process is fairly easy. If you are a beginner at cooking this could be a little difficult. By this, I do not mean to discourage you…but all I am trying to say is you have to be extra careful. The only difficult part here is rolling out the dough for the nachos as cornmeal dough can be difficult at times to handle. If you are a pro at using a cornmeal dough then this wouldnt be a difficult process for you at all. One has to be quite patient while rolling out the dough as it tears off easily. You have to be very gentle and alert while rolling the dough. Once you have succeeded this step..all you have to do it cut it into triangle shapes and fry them.

The toppings can vary depending upon your taste. You could go ahead with a typical mexican version by incorporation baked beans, kidney beans, sour cream, spring onions, etc. or could go ahead with regular veggies. Since, I call it a Baked Pizza Nachos…. I have kept it closer to pizza toppings. I have included onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, cilantro and my favorite seasonings. You can really play around with the flavors and toppings. 🙂

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RECIPE: BAKED CHEESY NACHOS

Makes about- 1 serving

Preparation time- 1 hr 30 mins ( includes dough resting time)

Baking time- 10 mins

INGREDIENTS:

For Nachos:

  • Cornmeal- 100 gms
  • All Purpose Flour- 3 to 4 Tbsp
  • Thyme- 1 Tsp
  • Oil- 2 Tbsp
  • Water

For Toppings:

  • Onions- 1/2 cup ( Finely Chopped)
  • Tomatoes-1 cup
  • Bell Peppers- 1/2 cup
  • Mushrooms- 1/4 cup
  • Cilantro- 2 Tbsp
  • Green Chili- 2
  • Salt- 1/2 tsp
  • Red Chilli Flakes- 1/2 tsp
  • Fajita Seasoning- 1/2 tsp
  • Lemon Juice- 1/2 tsp
  • Mozzarella Cheese- 1 cup

PROCESS:

1. In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients under the Nachos heading and knead a smooth dough. Cover it with a cling film and keep aside for an hour.

2. Once the dough is ready, divide it into two parts and start rolling each at a time. Roll it very carefully until you get a very thin rolled out dough.

3. Now cut it into triangles, and deep fry them in a pan.

4. Once they are fried, add fajita seasoning mix when they are hot so that the chips are nicely coated with the seasoning.

5. In a bowl, mix all the ingredients under the toppings section until combined.

6. Now, in a baking dish place the chips at the bottom, add the toppings mixture and finally top with mozzarella cheese.

7. In a pre-heated oven, bake it for 5 to 10 mins at 180 degrees.

8. Serve Hot.

Your Baked Nachos Pizza is now ready.

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Looking for More Mexican Recipes? Try My:

Cheesy Quesadillas with Salsa

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