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Pizza Cups

Before I gush about how good these are (and I’m going to), I want to get serious for a minute. I try hard to stick to talking about food and recipes, but on a day like today I feel like I need to take a moment to acknowledge what happened in Boston. To put it simply, I’m devastated for those who were affected by yesterday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon. Everyone I know personally who lives in Boston or was present at the race is physically okay and I am grateful for that, but I have been crying on and off since the moment I heard of the attack. My thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies go out to those who were affected. It’s so difficult to ask why someone would do something like this and have no answers. There are none. It’s terrible.

I spent much of yesterday morning feeling frustrated over my own troubles. I’m having car issues. I cracked my cell phone screen. I didn’t get enough sleep. I texted my boyfriend to complain that I was having “the worst day.” It seems so ridiculous and petty now. I’m embarrassed to admit to that. I’m reminded not to get dramatic over issues that really aren’t a big deal in the long run and to focus on what’s important. Things like letting the people I care about know that I love them or going out of my way to do something nice for a stranger. It shouldn’t take a tragedy, but it certainly puts things in perspective.

In addition to feeling great sadness and re-focusing on what’s important, I am also blown away by all the stories of great bravery and kindness everyday citizens and first responders showed yesterday. There are truly heroes among us and it’s humbling to hear their tales. Anyone who held a hand, offered a place to stay, rushed into the smoke, helped get the injured to safety or said a prayer for those affected by the blasts has my sincerest respect and gratitude.

Okay, onto the Pizza Cups. I apologize to those of you who just wanted me to get to the food, I just felt that needed to be addressed.

I’ve wanted to make some kind of pizza cup for a while now. I’d considered making one wonton-style like my Lasagna, Cheeseburger, French Dip, Taco or Buffalo Chicken “Cupcakes,” but it seemed important to me that the crust of the pizza be better represented. I considered using biscuits or pizza dough but then I remembered how crusty and delicious the French bread cups from my Mini Spinach Dip Bread Bowls were and I knew that’s what I needed to use. These turned out even better than I imagined in my head. The bread cups mimic pizza crust perfectly and hold plenty of sauce, cheese and toppings. I decided to use pepperoni and mushrooms in these because they’re two of my favorites, but you could easily mix it up and use any toppings you like. I really do recommend making it as listed though, because these were just perfect. It tastes just like you’re eating a slice of pizza! Don’t skip out on the Italian Seasoning either – I think it adds a lot of flavor. 

These cups make a great lunch, dinner, appetizer or snack. The hot pizza flavors appeal to kids and adults alike and for 124 calories or 3 Weight Watchers Points+ each you can’t go wrong!

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Pizza Cups

Yield: 8 cups

Ingredients:

  • 2.5 oz fresh white mushrooms, diced
  • 20 slices turkey pepperoni, chopped
  • ½ cup pizza sauce (I used Classico Traditional Pizza Sauce and it was awesome)
  • 1 (11 oz) can Pillsbury Crusty French Loaf refrigerated dough
  • 1/3 c shredded 2% reduced fat Mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ - 1/3 teaspoon of Italian Seasoning

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Lightly mist 8 cups in a standard muffin tin with cooking spray.
  2. Lightly mist a small skillet with cooking spray and bring over medium heat. Add diced mushrooms and cook for a few minutes until wilted/browned. Place the mushrooms in a medium bowl and add the chopped pepperoni slices and pizza sauce. Stir to combine and set aside.
  3. Open the package of French bread dough and lay the log of dough on a clean, dry surface. Using a sharp knife, cut the dough into 8 equal rounds. Using your hands or a rolling pin, press the dough pieces into 3-4” flat rounds. Press each round into a prepared cup in the muffin tin, forming the dough into a bowl shape and pressing it up the sides.
  4. Evenly distribute the pepperoni/mushroom mixture into each dough cup with a spoon. Sprinkle Mozzarella cheese over the top of each cup and follow with a pinch of Italian seasoning on each cup to taste.
  5. Bake for 16-18 minutes until bread cups start to brown on the edges and are crusty to the touch. Let cool 3-5 minutes before serving.

Weight Watchers Points Plus:
3 per cup (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)

Nutrition Information:
124 calories, 20 g carbs, 3 g fat, 6 g protein, 1 g fiber (from myfitnesspal.com)

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26 Responses to “Pizza Cups”

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    Miranda Perkins — April 17, 2013 @ 12:48 am

    Making tomorrow!! Yum!!

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    Jackie — April 17, 2013 @ 12:54 am

    Do you think these would freeze well?

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    mediterranean food vancouver — April 17, 2013 @ 11:16 am

    Ich denke, jeder Pizza hat sich vor allem Fast-Food-Pizza Tassen dass seine Form in gefiel der ganzen Welt. so hatte gerade die Tassen Pizza und Salat Pizza. so erstaunlich gut.

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    Biz — April 17, 2013 @ 4:38 pm

    I know what you mean – when stuff like that happens I think “I haven’t got a problem in the world!”

    That being said, your pizza cups look amazeballs!

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    Anonymous — April 18, 2013 @ 3:03 pm

    Thanks for your honest words. Hope you are doing ok.
    I love to read about you and follow some recipes.
    Have a good day!

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    Kate — April 18, 2013 @ 9:28 pm

    These look delicious! Unfortunately I don’t like mushrooms, though. If I omitted them, do you think that the cups would seem a little sparse (with just the sauce, cheese, and pepperoni)?

    • Emily Koenigsberg replied: — April 18th, 2013 @ 9:58 pm

      I would probably add in another topping instead. I personally LOVE pepperoni and pineapple together (sweet & spicy. mmm).

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    SEO solutions — April 19, 2013 @ 7:52 am

    It looks so delicious. I can’t wait without making this. Thanks for the recipe. Hope to try it as soon as I have got free time.

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    badam003 — April 20, 2013 @ 10:08 pm

    very good…but i think i did the wrong dough or something…came out extra puffy, but good for me i heart bread! :) love your recipes!

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    Amber Lea — April 23, 2013 @ 1:58 am

    Oh my goodness, i just made these for dinner, and they are SO AWESOME! thank you!!!!

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    Mandy — April 25, 2013 @ 2:57 am

    My husband made these for dinner tonight and they were delicious. We did make some alterations because I don’t do tomato sauce (we used Classico light Alfredo), and substituted the mushrooms for Jimmy Dean Turkey sausage crumbles. Each cup came out to 4 points each, 2 for 7, or 3 for 11. Thanks for such a yummy recipe!

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    yung@foodyoo.com — April 25, 2013 @ 1:37 pm

    Thank you of sharing your thinking. It does help me relax and reorganize my mind. Of course, I love the pizza cup. I think, let myself have a break and making those pizza cups and enjoy eating it should be a good way to relax too. :)

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    Anonymous — April 26, 2013 @ 3:42 am

    I followed your recipe except for adding onion in with the mushrooms. These were wonderful. I have really enjoyed your site. Love the cups recipes and will be trying the breakfast cups this weekend for the upcoming week. Can’t wait.

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    Anonymous — April 28, 2013 @ 7:25 pm

    I followed your recipe, but cut the dough into 12 slices (making for a bit shorter cup, but still 3-4 bites) Each came out to 2pts that way according to WW recipe builder. Used the same filling and cheese. Turned out great! I’ll take it for 2pts!

    Ps…I’m working my way through as many of your recipes as I can! I love them, it’s like you’re inside my WW head when it comes to the things I WANT to eat, but “can’t” b/c they are too many points! Thank you so much! Keep rockin’ it girl!

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    Miranda Perkins — May 2, 2013 @ 12:24 am

    These were SO good! Def will make again – everyone loved them!

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    wsukellie — May 2, 2013 @ 7:54 pm

    These were awesome!! I tripled the recipe to use for a dinner party. I made 12 with pepperoni and mushroom, 8 with ham and cheese, and 4 with just cheese. Very tasty and filling.

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    kebab chur — May 7, 2013 @ 12:41 pm

    Wie jedes ALMOT persone haben wie Pizza besonders pizz dell alpe mehr wie in der ganzen Welt ist. wenn Sie billige Zutaten, um Pizza zu machen kaufen, wird es wie eine billige Pizza schmecken .. Ich kaufe das gute mozz Käse Pizza.

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    Anonymous — May 8, 2013 @ 1:46 am

    These were really good. The French bread made a surprisingly great crust. I’ll definitely make these again. Thanks!

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    Nicole — May 9, 2013 @ 12:24 am

    So delicious! My kids loved helping make and eat these. Thanks, Emily!

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    Jaly Can — May 22, 2013 @ 6:12 pm

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    Nicole — June 25, 2013 @ 11:55 pm

    I was making this for dinner tonight, and my son’s friend (age 7) was eating over. He was asking about what I was making, and my son whispered in his ear, “These are pretty much the best thing my mom ever makes for dinner!” =)

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    Anonymous — July 30, 2013 @ 4:23 pm

    Very tasty! but how in the world is one cup 124 calories????

    • Emily Koenigsberg replied: — July 30th, 2013 @ 4:25 pm

      They just are? Haha, I’m not sure how to answer that.

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    sydneymcooper.com — September 10, 2013 @ 3:34 am

    I made these this evening and they were GREAT! Will definitely make them again. I added pineapple to mine, since in my opinion it’s not really pizza without pineapple. ;-)

    • Emily Koenigsberg replied: — September 10th, 2013 @ 3:35 am

      I love pineapple on pizza!! I will definitely try that next time :)

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    Katherine — April 8, 2014 @ 7:13 pm

    Just ate 4! I want them all!!!! Def making again!

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