Purim. Pizza. Hamantaschen. Put them together, and you have the best savory stack to enjoy during the holiday, Pizzataschen! Why limit hamantaschen to cookies? Plus, these bitesize, delicious mini pizza are made with store-bought or homemade pizza dough.
Why this Recipe Works
This recipe uses store-bought or my homemade pizza dough. Store-bought are usually low-yeast like my pizza dough, which is perfect for this recipe. Since they are mini, you don't want the dough puffing up too much.
The triangular shape lends itself to making mini pizza because the folded dough holds in the sauce and toppings, mimicking a mini-crust like a regular pizza.
This recipe is easy to make and they’re customizable with any toppings you'd like. My version uses marinara, mozzarella, and jalapeno or pickled hot peppers for a little kick, but you could fill them with any toppings you like.
Ingredients & Topping Ideas
pizza sauce - thicker than pasta sauce, and better for pizza and pizzataschen because of the lower water content.
pizza dough - you can use store bought or make your own.
Use one of these pizza recipes as topping inspiration for your pizzataschen:
How to Make this Recipe
Preheat your oven to 500F.
If you made the homemade dough, quarter each of the 4 dough balls, then cut each quarter in half again (each ball gives you 8 pieces for a total of 32 pieces.) If using store-bought dough, cut each pound of dough in half, then quarter each half, then cut each quarter in half again for a total of 32 pieces. Roll each piece into a circle.
Pinch the edges to form triangles and place them on a baking sheet. They don't need that much space between them and I usually fit 16 on a sheet. Add 1-2 tsp of pizza sauce or pesto to each triangle of dough and top each with toppings and a piece of the mozzarella.
Bake 8-10 minutes until the cheese is melted and the crust is golden brown. The serving size is 8 pizzataschen per person. Enjoy your mini pizza!
Mini Pizza FAQs
Each mini pizza takes approximately 8 minutes to cook at 500F until the cheese is melted and the crust is a light golden brown.
The higher the temperature for pizza, the better. If your oven goes to 550F, use it at that temperature. If not, 500F works just fine.
It is believed that the villan of the Purim story, Haman, wore a 3-cornered hat. We eat triangular foods on Purim to symbolize his destruction. This is a tradition that came about more recently than many think. The triangular pastry filled with poppyseeds, popularized as hamantaschen, existed independent of the holiday as "mohntaschen," which translates to "poppy pockets."
More Jewish Foods
Jewish food culture and tradition is one of my favorite parts of being Jewish. Here are some other recipes to help you celebrate Jewish holidays:
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- 2 lbs. pizza dough or one batch of my recipe
- 15 oz pizza sauce
- 8 oz mozzarella
- toppings optional
- Preheat your oven to 500F.
- If you made the homemade dough, quarter each of the 4 dough balls, then cut each quarter in half again (each ball gives you 8 pieces for a total of 32 pieces.)If using store bought, cut each pound of dough in half, then quarter each half, then cut each quarter in half again for a total of 32 pieces.
- Roll each piece into a circle. Pinch the edges to form triangles. Place on a baking sheet. They don't need that much space between them. I usually fit 16 on a sheet.
- Add 1-2 tsp of marinara to each triangle of dough.
- Top each with toppings and a piece of the mozzarella by ripping/smushing into small-medium pieces.
- Bake 8-10 minutes until the cheese is melted and the crust is golden brown.
This post was originally published in February of 2018 but was republished with new photos, step by step instructions, FAQs, and tips in February of 2021.