Chef Inamoto’s Mini Pizzas
Konnichiwa one and all, I am chef Inamoto and welcome to my kitchen. I have a great, lip-smacking, belly satisfying and yummy recipe for you. Kids cooking is inventive, creative and fun, so lets give it a go.
These mini pizzas are great for Kids cooking and for adults too. They taste yum, they’re quick and won’t break the bank either. Sometimes you can make them when you hardly have anything at all in the fridge. They even cook better when the bread’s a bit stale (before it gets furry though!).
Don’t forget to check out the funny witch’s recipe below with Broomhilda, she has her own revolting yet hilarious take on mini pizzas below (I wouldn’t recommend eating it!).
First things first, we can’t do any kids cooking before those hands are washed and then we can get started.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
6 slices of bread
Black pepper for seasoning
1 small red onion
3-4 small mushrooms
Half a red sweet pepper/ bell pepper/ capsicum (whichever you call it in your part of the world, in Japanese it’s Aka pīman)
Tasty cheese grated
3 pieces of decent quality sliced ham
Kids Cooking Top Tip: You can use gluten-free bread, pittas or even tortilla wraps instead. There’s a great recipe for wraps in my free fun book which is free to download from my website now. No registration is required.
Preheat the oven to around 220 degrees Celsius. Or if you like, you can cook it on a grill, switch that on when you are nearly ready to go.
1. First cut the red onion into rings and then into smaller pieces. Slice the mushrooms thinly. Then slice the red pepper finely. Grate up some cheese and roughly tear up the sliced ham. Now you’re ready to go. Something like this will do:
2. Grease a rectangular oven tray with a little olive oil and place the 6 slices of bread on it.
3. Spread a couple of teaspoons of tomato paste over the top of the bread, spreading it right to the edge to avoid the bread burning. Sprinkle on a little black pepper to season.
Kids Cooking Top Tip: If you are allergic to or just don’t like tomato, crush a little garlic and mix with butter for an alternative base and then spread that on the bread.
4. Place the onions on the bread like this.
5. Then add the ham…
6. Followed by the mushrooms.
7. Sprinkle cheese over the top. Now switch on the grill if your using it.
8. And finish by adding the red pepper (or capsicum or bell pepper)
9. Place in the oven or under the grill for about 10 minutes or until the cheese has melted. And there you have it, simple and easy kids cooking that takes only minutes to make.
Kids Cooking Top Tip: If you use a lower temperature in the oven and cook for a little longer it will leave you with a softer bread base. At a hotter temperature and in less time, it will make it crispy. It all depends how you like it.
Other kids cooking ideas for mini pizza toppings:
For a cheeky spicy kick, add some jalapenos and experiment away with different flavours and combinations. Substitute the ham with some salami or sliced Frankfurt sausages or all three for those feeling hungry! I consider a recipe as a guide and not something that should be followed to the letter. And don’t forget to experiment with oven temperature or different toppings until you have the perfect kids cooking meal customised for you or your family.
Kids Cooking Top Tip: This is a great recipe for young budding chefs to start with and making a mess is highly recommended, just because it’s fun!
Not Kids Cooking: A Witchy Recipe
Broomhilda’s Mini Pizzas
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 4 hours
Boring bread but I prefer the bark of the silver scum tree
Slug slime purée
Freshly bitten finger nails
A pickled frog’s heart
The snot of a cold-riddled goblin
Spit green slobber on a baking tray and throw the bread (mouldy is best) right into the goo. Using an old hag’s yellowing toenail, spread the slug slime purée thickly upon it, making sure it’s all stringy. Bite off your filthy fingernails and then spit them out into the slime until they are stuck like dog poo to a blanket.
Squelch a pickled frog’s heart under your old hobnail boot and walk it disgustingly all around the room, hopefully getting some on the bread. Gloop goblin snot all over the top and sprinkle liberally with dead flies.
Cook slowly in the warmth of a buffalo fart for a good four hours until it goes crispy and stringy and stinks the kitchen out. Greedily gobble down with a glass of old puddle water to taste.
And there you have it, mini pizzas that’ll probably make you spew and very ill.
Kids Cooking Top Tip:
Come back soon for more kids cooking projects and hopefully Broomhillda won’t get involved next time. Check out the blog Cooking With kids for more on the art of cooking. Sayonara friends.
Next week: Halloween fun
Barry Brunswick is a children’s author. You can buy his children’s books on Amazon: The War of The Turnips, The Secret Tale of the Cupboard Gnome, Sally the Astronaut, and the new short story collection Barry S. Brunswick’s Tall Tales. Follow Barry on Facebook, Pinterest, You Tube and Twitter.