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Tailgating Eats – Deep Dish Meatball Mini Pizzas and S’mores Brownie Mugs

Sep 3, 2015 By Courtney O'Dell
Tailgating Eats – Deep Dish Meatball Mini Pizzas and S’mores Brownie Mugs

When I think tailgating, I think easy, quick foods. But I also think crowds – because what fun is cheering on your favorite team without a bunch of your favorite people? Great tailgate parties are usually synonymous with great food, but I wanted to put a spin on the regular hot dogs, chips and dip we usually serve up with two fun, individual sized dishes with some fun, new items I found at my local Jo-Ann store.

Tailgating Eats - Deep Dish Meatball Mini Pizzas and S’mores Brownie Mugs

These mini s’mores brownie mugs and deep dish meatball mini pizzas are a delicious way to wow your friends at your next big tailgate, and they’re perfect because you can make them ahead of time so you’re not spending your time cooking. I also have great tips on how to keep them warm and great for a party – whether you’re gearing up for the big game in a parking lot, at a park or at home!

Tailgating Eats - Deep Dish Meatball Mini Pizzas and S’mores Brownie Mugs

When I was at my local Jo-Ann store, I noticed these amazing mini mugs that were specially designed as bakeware. I knew I needed to come up with fun recipes to use them with immediately, and I thought a fun twist on my fall favorite – a s’more – would be perfect! These are great individual sized s’more brownies, and you can torch the extra topping with a small butane cooking torch wherever you’re indulging in these sweet treats. The mug also helps retain heat really well, making it a great food to serve to a crowd!

Tailgating Eats - Deep Dish Meatball Mini Pizzas and S’mores Brownie Mugs

I also found some adorable mini deep dish pans and immediately though of making fun, funky and delicious pizzas in them! I knew they would be perfect for big, meaty choices or just plain cheesy pizza, and they turned out amazing. These transport easier than a pizza, and the pan is the perfect way to serve these individual pies making them a great meal for a group!

Tailgating Eats - Deep Dish Meatball Mini Pizzas and S’mores Brownie Mugs

To make these delicious fall favorites, you’ll need:

For the Deep Dish Mini Meatball Pizzas:

  • Wilton mini deep dish pans
  • 1 package pre-made pizza dough (either from a can in the biscuit section or the kind in a bag in the deli section of your local grocer)
  • 1 can pizza sauce
  • mozzarella cheese
  • meatballs, cooked (your own recipe or pre-cooked frozen meatballs, thawed)
  • mini butane torch, optional (at joann.com)

Tailgating Eats - Deep Dish Meatball Mini Pizzas and S’mores Brownie Mugs

Roll out dough and layer bottom of pan with a small square of dough.

Add a small amount of pizza sauce.

Top with cheese.

Add meatballs (I like to cut them in half to make them easier to eat)

Tailgating Eats - Deep Dish Meatball Mini Pizzas and S’mores Brownie Mugs

Top with another circle of pizza dough.

Bake at 350 until crust is browned and cheese is melted, about 15 minutes.

Top with extra cheese.

If serving at home, bake for another 5-10 minutes until cheese is melted.

If taking to a party, torch with a cooking flame, or pop onto a baking sheet on a grill until cheese is melted.

Tailgating Eats - Deep Dish Meatball Mini Pizzas and S’mores Brownie Mugs

For the s’mores brownies:

  • Wilton mug bakeware
  • Parchment Paper
  • Brownie mix
  • 4 Graham Crackers + 1 graham cracker for topping, crumbled
  • 1 ½ cup mini marshmallows + ¼ cup for topping
  • Wilton Bake Easy
  • Wilton Baking sheet
  • mini butane torch, optional (at joann.com)

Mix brownie ingredients, add marshmallows and graham crackers.

Spray Wilton baking mugs generously with bake easy spray (this is seriously the best baking spray on the market – I use it for everything!)

Add brownie mix to mugs.

Place on a baking sheet, lined with parchment paper (this helps reduce any mess in case the brownies spill over!) no cleanup = more time for fun!

Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes- until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out mostly clean and brownie looks firm.

Top with extra graham crackers and marshmallows. Toast with butane torch or broil for 2 minutes until marshmallows melt into brownie, serve.

If you’re worried about transporting these dishes, no worries! Since you’re pre-baking them and serving them in their pans (or mugs), it is easier than worrying about things spilling all over. I like to pack my food in an insulated bag, meant to keep in heat. Make sure to keep the dishes upright as you travel.

When at your party/gathering, use a kitchen torch to melt cheese and s’mores topping, or throw the food on a baking sheet and place them on a grill. Lower the cover, and in five minutes you’re good to go!

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