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I have told you about the wonder that is the air fryer previously. I shared this amazing chicken chimichanga recipe with you. I really love our air fryer, especially in the summer when I don't want to turn our oven on.
I know a few places got some snow last week (what?!?!?!) but here in the valley of the sun, we're getting that summer sun nice and strong, and the last thing anyone wants is their oven heating up their house and ramping up their energy bill even more.
The air fryer cooks things so quickly and the house isn't hot! It is perfect!
The other day I asked my daughter what she wanted for lunch and she cheerfully announced, "PIZZA!" We didn't have any frozen pizzas, and I didn't want to order out from anywhere. Homemade pizza sounded fun, but it was lunch time already and I was working so I couldn't really take the time to make the dough. I thought to myself, "I bet I could throw it in the air fryer for a few minutes."
I improvised and used our pie crust recipe and then topped it with a little tomato paste that I thinned out a bit and seasoned, and threw some cheese on there.
It was like an upgraded take on a Lunchables pizza because it wasn't a regular crust, but the sauce wasn't nasty and the cheese was nice and melted.
She loved it and I thought, "I bet I could make us a real pizza in the air fryer."
I mean, I love our easy, flakey, fool proof pie crust, but it isn't the same when it comes to pizza!
Well as you know, my mom has shared our pizza crust recipe on here as well! I have tested it out using Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free flour blend (I get the 1 to 1 with the xantham gum included) and it still turns out really nicely for a pizza crust.
You can buy Air Fryers in many different sizes, and I've linked to some at the bottom of this post. Ours isn't quite big enough for any of our pans to fit other than my 6 inch round cake pans (I ordered a pizza stone from a Pampered Chef party recently and I'm waiting for it to get here to see if it fits!) So we ended up making mini personal pizzas. It was a hit. My daughter had fun helping me "decorate" the pizzas, so we got some fun bonding time together as well.
The air fryer pizzas were so fast to bake and the cheese was perfectly stretchy.
Here is the recipe I used for our toppings, pretty basic but still delicious. Let me know what toppings you decide to do!
Use our pizza dough recipe found here. To make it gluten free simply use the Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Blend and use the same flour ratio.
1 can tomato paste
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp garlic
1/2 onion powder
1 tsp italian seasoning
1/2 green bell pepper chopped
Empty out the paste into a bowl. Fill the tomato paste can with water and mix into the paste to make it thinner. Add seasoning and blend well.
Spread your crust out into the bottom of your pan, making sure to leave a raised edge.
Take a spoon and spread the sauce until the bottom of the crust is covered.
Sprinkle with mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Top with bell peppers and pepperonis.
Place pan in your air fryer and bake at 330 degrees fahrenheit for 8-10 minutes.
Remove pan (it will be hot!) remove pizza from pan and place on plate.
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!