6 Ways to Spice Up Pizza Night

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Everyone from busy moms to college students knows the ease of grabbing a quick slice of pizza or a pie for the family. Most pizzerias have an array of classic options that never seem to get old, and all of that cheesy goodness never disappoints.

While your favorite local joint’s pizza is probably hard to replicate, there are plenty of ways you can spice up pizza night from home. Read on for some out-of-the-box ideas like mini pizza muffins and warm pizza dip.

French Bread Pizzas (pictured above)

Ree Drummond knows it’s difficult to please everyone at a big dinner, so she’s offered up seven of her favorite topping combinations to choose from. Even with all of those choices, they make it from fridge to table in less than 30 minutes.

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Chef Name: Giada De Laurentiis Full Recipe Name: Cheesy Muffin Pizzas Talent Recipe: Giada De Laurentiis’ Cheesy Muffin Pizzas, as seen on Giada at Home FNK Recipe: Project: Foodnetwork.com, Back to School/Sandwich Central/Dinner and a Movie/Sides Show Name: Giada at Home Food Network / Cooking Channel: Food Network

Photo by: Renee Comet ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Renee Comet, 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Chef Name: Giada De Laurentiis Full Recipe Name: Cheesy Muffin Pizzas Talent Recipe: Giada De Laurentiis’ Cheesy Muffin Pizzas, as seen on Giada at Home FNK Recipe: Project: Foodnetwork.com, Back to School/Sandwich Central/Dinner and a Movie/Sides Show Name: Giada at Home Food Network / Cooking Channel: Food Network

Cheesy Muffin Pizzas

The possibilities are endless when it comes to uses for your muffin tins. Try making Giada De Laurentiis’ bite-size pizzas with chicken, mozzarella, spinach and creamy mascarpone. You can make them all the same or have your kids or guests add their own toppings.

English-Muffin Breakfast Pizza

Not only is this recipe from Food Network Magazine a fun way to have breakfast for dinner, but it’s also ready in less time than it would take you to order and pick up a pizza. Served on a warm English muffin, it’s loaded with fresh tomato flavor, salty Canadian bacon and perfectly melted mozzarella cheese.

Photo by: Marshall Troy ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Marshall Troy, 2012, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Pepperoni Pizza Pocket

The ultimate hand-held food becomes even more portable when you follow Jeff Mauro’s recipe for pizza pockets. Just load up premade dough rounds with pepperoni and cheese, and pop them in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes. Serve with Jeff’s slow-simmering sauce for an unforgettable weeknight treat.

Mini Chicken Pizzas

Everything is more fun to eat when it’s mini, and Trisha Yearwood’s shrunken-down pizzas are no exception. They’re made with premade pizza crust, so they’re ready in a flash. Plus, they’re topped with two different kinds of cheese, plus chicken and bacon — what’s not to love?

Photo by: Jackie Alpers ©Copyright 2012 Jackie Alpers - All rights reserved

Jackie Alpers, Copyright 2012 Jackie Alpers - All rights reserved

Pepperoni Pizza Dip

In the mood for something totally different? Guy Fieri’s all-new approach to pizza is actually a layered dip made with all of the traditional toppings. Plus, it’s got a few different kinds of cheese for maximum flavor. Serve with little strips of crispy pizza dough for the full effect.

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