Introduction: Pizza on a Stick

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What could be better than pizza?  Tiny pizza on a stick, of course!  Is there really anything else that needs to be said?

Try these yummy pizza pops and never get your hands greasy again. 

Step 1: Ingredients

After much deliberation about the best way to stickify pizza, it became clear (via the Oracle randofo) that bagel pizza was the only true and good way to go.

And since I can't resist making food as cute as possible, I chose to go with mini bagels.  Which leads us to other mini ingredients!  Tiny tomatoes, string cheese, tiny mozzarella balls, baby basil leaves, and a pepperoni stick round out this project beautifully. 

You're also gonna need some good sticks, and don't forget your favorite sauce!

Step 2: Chop Your Toppings

Take your tiny foods and make them even smaller.  Slice everything thinly so it will cook quickly and evenly.

Search out the tiniest leaves of basil near the middle of your stems.  Choose the ones that never got the chance to reach their full potential and make them the star of the show!

Step 3: Toast Your Bagels

I don't have a toaster, so I used my broiler to crispen up the bagels before ladening them with sauce and toppings. 

Step 4: Assemble Mini Bagel Pizzas

Starting with sauce, assemble the toppings as you see fit.   A little bit of time and care will ensure the cutest pizzas possible.

Step 5: Bake

Bake your mini bagel pizzas at 400oF (200C) for 10-12 minutes. 

I didn't put the sticks in before baking.  I leave this choice up to you, my educated audience.  It may, in fact, be easier to skewer the bagels before they even get toasted, as I encountered some resistance when trying to put the sticks in after baking.  On the other hand, I didn't want to risk burning my paper sticks.  Do as you see fit.

Step 6: Stickify

If you chose to wait until this step to stickify your baby 'zas, do so while they're still warm and slightly malleable. 

If you need to take a picture of them, try this trick:  fill a container with rice or beans and stand your sticks up in that.  Play around with composition and placement until you get something you like. 

For my final shot, I set my camera up on a tripod.  I used a long exposure with a low ISO. I held up a blue towel in the back ground and moved it around so the long exposure would smooth out the texture.  I wish you could have seen how ridiculous it all looked.

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