Snowman Personal Pizzas

The sliced olives and bell pepper noses give the pizzas smiling faces while the creamy ricotta and fresh garlic pack them with flavor. Serve[ to your family for a fun weeknight dinner or as party dish your guests will devour.]

Total Time:
50 min
25 min
25 min

4 personal pizzas

  • 3/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan (about 1 ounce)
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary, plus 4 whole sprigs
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 pound store-bought pizza dough, at room temperature
  • All-purpose flour, for dusting
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 ounces (about 1 cup) torn fresh mozzarella
  • 1 jarred roasted orange pepper or orange peppadew
  • 40 slices pitted black olives (10 slices per pizza), about 1/3 cup
  • Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F and preheat a pizza stone or inverted baking sheet.

  • In a medium bowl combine the ricotta, Parmesan, chopped rosemary, red pepper flakes and garlic; season with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and set aside.

  • Divide the pizza dough into 4 equal rounds (each round should be 4 ounces and about 3-inches in diameter). Divide each round into 2 circles, one 2-inches wide (for the body) and the other 1-inch wide (for the head). On a lightly floured surface, use a rolling pin to roll each ball of dough out to 1/4-inch thick. (If a ball of dough becomes too stiff while rolling, cover it with plastic wrap and allow it to rest while working on the other balls of dough. After 4 or 5 minutes it will become more flexible, stretchier and easier to roll.)

  • Line two baking sheets with parchment. Place two large circles of dough on each piece of parchment, and overlap each large circle with a smaller circle of dough to form heads. Brush the dough with the olive oil and pierce the dough with a fork to prevent bubbles from forming, then bake until the crust begins to brown and is almost completely cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes.

  • Remove the pizzas from the oven and spread the ricotta mixture on top of the snowmen leaving a 1/4-inch border, then top with the torn mozzarella. Cut the orange pepper into four elongated triangles (about 2-inches long) to form noses; place each on a snowman face. Use 2 olive slices on each face for eyes, 5 olive slices for a smile and 3 olive slices for buttons.

  • Slide a pizza onto the hot stone or baking sheet and continue baking until the cheese has just melted, about 3 minutes more. Transfer to a cutting board; place a sprig of rosemary by each snowman's right hand to form a broom. Repeat with the remaining snowmen. Serve while hot.

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