For a red, white and blue lunch to celebrate the 4th of July, try Personal Patriotic Pepperoni Pizza. It’s All-American fun for Memorial and Labor Days too!
This summer I’ve had the honor of being a contributor for Kleinworth & Co., a wonderfully creative blog where Gina Kleinworth shares recipes, gift ideas, crafts, simple and cost effective ways to decorate your home, creative and fun projects for the kids and photography tips. One of the first things I shared with the readers of Kleinworth & Co. was a recipe for Personal Patriotic Pepperoni Pizzas to kick off the summer holiday season full of American flags, apple pie, fireworks and backyard barbecues. Today, I’d like to share the idea with you, our Kenarry readers, just in time for your 4th of July celebrations. I mean, really, what could be more festive than Personal Patriotic Pepperoni Pizza?
Personal Patriotic Pepperoni Pizza is so easy to make, even a three year old can do it! My sons and I love to get creative with our lunches. The boys are toddlers, so we usually only venture as far as using assorted cookie cutters on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. However, with all the summer flag holidays, we decided it would be really fun to try making a red, white and blue lunch one day. We gave it some thought and came up with making our own pizzas into little American flags. With these simple instructions, your child will love making his or her own Personal Patriotic Pepperoni Pizza for lunch too!
How to Make Personal Patriotic Pepperoni Pizza
What you need:
- 1 small can of pizza sauce
- Mozzarella string cheese
- Cream cheese
- Blue food coloring
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a cookie sheet with cooking spray.
2. Put the bread in the toaster on a medium-low heat setting. You want the bread to just be lightly toasted to act as the crust for your Personal Patriotic Pepperoni Pizza.
3. Spread pizza sauce on 3/4 of each bread slice leaving the upper left quadrant empty.
4. Cut the string cheese in half. Tear each half into little strips, approximately 2 inches long. Place these shorter pieces horizontally on top of the pizza sauce on the upper right of the Personal Patriotic Pepperoni Pizza flag. Use full length strips of string cheese to be the longer white stripes at the bottom of the flag.
5. Combine 2-3 tablespoons of cream cheese with drops of blue food coloring in a small bowl. We used 7 drops of blue food coloring for our Personal Patriotic Pepperoni Pizzas. You could use more if you’d like a darker or more vibrant blue. Next time, I might try adding just a touch of red food coloring to create a darker blue that’s more like an actual American flag.
Carefully spread the cream cheese on the upper left quadrant of the bread. Try not to run your knife through the pizza sauce, like my son did!
6. Cut the pepperoni into long thin strips using a sharp knife or kitchen shears. Place them horizontally between the white string cheese pieces to act as the red stripes on the flag. If you’re a vegetarian, you can leave the pepperoni off completely and have the pizza sauce be the red stripes. You could also replace the pepperoni with long strips of red pepper.
7. Tear any string cheese remaining from step 4 into small dots. Place them on top of the blue cream cheese corner to be the stars on your Personal Patriotic Pepperoni Pizza flag.
8. Bake the pizzas at 375 degrees for 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted. While the pizzas were baking, we created a little red, white and blue side dish by combining dried cranberries, dried blueberries and yogurt covered raisins in small cups.
The dried fruit cups looked great alongside the Personal Patriotic Pepperoni Pizza, though I wish you could differentiate better between the cranberries and the blueberries.
Your children will enjoy making this lunch for the 4th of July, Memorial Day or Labor Day. I know my three year old son loved making his own Personal Patriotic Pepperoni Pizza for lunch. I’m not sure how pleased Betsy Ross would be with his American flag, but he certainly was!
Enjoy this festive lunch — and have a Happy 4th of July!
Red, white and blue foods are a wonderfully fun way to celebrate Independence Day, Labor Day and Memorial Day. If your kids like the Personal Patriotic Pepperoni Pizzas, they may also enjoy:
Or check out these other great Red, White and Blue Ideas on Pinterest.