Cooking with Kids – Pita Pizza

My oldest daughter, Savannah Rose, is 2.5 years old and she loves feeling like a “big girl”.  Being that she is still pretty little, we have only cooked and baked together a handful of times, but I plan on making this a regular activity for the two of us (and eventually the three of us when Matilda gets a little older).

Today for lunch I decided to make something I know Savannah loves – Pizza!  This recipe (if you can call it that) was super-simple and Miss S. was able to be involved the whole time.  I want to foster the love of cooking in all my children and I hope some of these early times in the kitchen will develop a life-long passion for the culinary arts.

Savannah put on her apron and Mama put on hers and off we went……..

Pita Pizza
Ingredients:
4 large pita breads (we used flat-bread pita, but you can use the pocket kind too)
1 small can pizza sauce
1-2 cups shredded cheese (we used Italian 4-cheese blend)
Toppings for pizza (Miss S. loves black olives)
Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Lay four pita breads out on a baking sheet.
Spoon the sauce onto the pita and let your little one spread it all around with a spoon.
Put your shredded cheese in a little bowl (it’s easier for little hands this way).  Let your little one sprinkle all the cheese on top.
Place your toppings each in a little bowl and let your little one put them on the pizzas.  We used sliced black olives because that’s what Savannah and I like, but a few other ideas would be pepperoni, diced chicken, bell pepper, onion, broccoli, diced ham, pineapple, spinach and fresh tomatoes.  This is a great way to get some new veggies into your kids!
Finally, give your little lady/man the Italian seasoning and let them shake it onto the top of the pizzas.
Place pita pizza’s in the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes, until golden and bubbly.
Remove pizza from baking sheet and allow to cool.  Cut each pizza into four pieces and enjoy!  
Trust me, your little one will gobble this up and feel so proud of their edible creation!
Cottage Mama’s Note:  The apron Savannah is wearing was mine when I was a little girl.  My parents brought it back for me from Beatrix Potter’s house in England when I was about four years old.  So glad my Mom saved it!
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11 Comments

  1. What a lovely activity for you to do together – I can’t wait to be able to do this when my daughter Grace gets older – she already loves watching so I’m sure helping will very exciting for her. Pizzas are a great suggestion for this. Love that your daughter was wearing your old apron 🙂

  2. Those look yummy! She is so cute and looks like she’s really having a great time. That apron is adorable!!

  3. What a cute idea! Such a precious keepsake!

  4. What a cutie and I never thought of making pizzas with pita bread. Im on it.
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  5. Hello! This post is great – Please tell Savannah that I like how she looks in that apron! And did you thank your mother for saving it??? LOL! I am going to pass this idea on to my friend for her to do with her granddaughter. I think I might try making a pita pizza myself! 🙂
    Best regards,
    Gloria

  6. I love cooking with my kids. I was going to make pizza tonight anyway. Thanks for the reminder to include my children in this easy task.

  7. Oh my gosh! How precious and you are such a wonderful mommy for teaching her to cook.

  8. I love cooking with my kiddos – they would love this. Thanks!

  9. What a great idea! I never thought about using pitas…much easier than making dough or defrosting some of the only OK frozen kind!

    I’m having a recipe link up this weekend and would love if you would add this. I think other moms would love this idea!

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  10. My kids absolutely love it when I pull out the pita and fixins for pizza. They usually make faces with the ingredients so they can tell their pizzas apart. lol

  11. These are great ideas to do with my own grandchildren. Thanks so much.