5 Extra-Easy Ways to Make Pizza in the Toaster Oven

published Jul 8, 2015
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I’ve always wanted to hug the person who invented the toaster oven. I often use it multiple times a day, from toasting slices of bread for breakfast to baking cookies for dessert.

One of my favorite toaster oven uses is for quick pizzas — especially in the summer, when I don’t want to heat up the whole kitchen by turning on the regular oven. To make things even easier, I also skip the pizza dough. Here are five other pizza bases you can use in the toaster oven instead!

1. Pita Bread

I find that pitas bake up quite well and are similar to the pre-baked pizza shells you find in the grocery store. They’re perfect for a personal-sized pizza and have a nice, pleasant chew to them.

Pizza with a Pita: Avocado and Egg Breakfast Pizza

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2. English Muffins

English muffin pizzas remind me of childhood sleepovers and leisurely summers as a kid. All those nooks and crannies are great for holding pizza sauce — but make sure you split and toast the muffins first. The extra toast helps crisp them up before you add toppings and give them a final bake.

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3. Tortillas

If you find yourself with extra tortillas after taco night like I usually do, use them to make tortilla pizza instead! They get nice and crispy, and since they’re so thin, they make a great snack when the late-night pizza craving hits.

4. Bagels

Love frozen bagel bites? Try the full-sized version instead: Split open a bagel (hollow out some of the insides if it’s especially doughy), top with sauce and cheese, and bake until bubbly and crispy. Pizza bagels are amazing, and everyone who owns a toaster oven should make them! It’s also a great way to turn leftover office bagels into lunch.

5. Sandwich Rolls (aka French Bread Pizza)

You know that addictive frozen French bread pizza that you microwave in a little metal sleeve so it crisps up? It’s so easy to make your own (much better and tastier) version in the toaster oven. Use sandwich rolls or cut off a chunk of French bread as a base and top away. It’s also an easy way to throw a make-your-own-pizza party too!

Get a Recipe: French Bread Pizzas – The Pioneer Woman