Put a fun spin on ordinary dishes by preparing mini meals. The benefits to making these bite-size goodies are endless: They’re kid friendly, packed with big, bold flavors, and can even be used as appetizers for your next get-together. Whether you’re craving comfort food, something spicy, or sweet-and-small breakfast dishes, we’ve compiled 6 mini meals that will please kids and adults alike. The smaller the meal, the better the flavor!
1. Mini Chicken Pot Pies
Made-from-scratch pastry dough creates crowd-pleasing Mini Chicken Pot Pies. A Spicy Perspective notes that the dough is “somewhere between a puff pastry and a blitz pastry. It’s light and airy, with crisp, buttery layers that bake to golden perfection.” And, when paired with a rich, creamy, and zesty chicken filling, the recipe’s flaky, melt-in-your-mouth dough tastes even better!
To prepare this bite-size dish, you’ll need a muffin tin or several 4- to 6-ounce ramekins. Once you’ve prepared your pastry dough and filling, cut your dough into triangular pieces, and place them in the muffin tin or ramekins. Add the chicken filling to the dough, and then loosely cover the filling with the dough’s flaps before baking. Make plenty of these buttery, bite-size beauties — they’ll go quickly!
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2. Mini Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casseroles
Looking for a bite-size dish to enjoy for breakfast or brunch? Prepare Mini Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casseroles, which contain warm and cozy spices, brown sugar, apples, maple syrup, bread, vanilla, evaporated milk, and eggs. This mini meal also works marvelously as a quick, make-ahead weekday breakfast. Healthy Delicious says that “all they need are 30 seconds in the microwave! The maple syrup is baked right in, so you don’t need to top them with anything extra.”
To make these mini French toast casseroles, tear some soft white bread into cubes, combine with a spiced custard mixture and diced apples, and refrigerate overnight. Before baking, top them with maple syrup and brown sugar; this creates a crunchy and caramelized topping for your casserole. Feel free to use muffin tins or small ramekins when preparing this dish.
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3. Mini Taco Bites
Add some fun flair to Taco Tuesdays by making Mini Taco Bites. Spicy Southern Kitchen promises that these tasty dinner bites are well worth the work! “They take a little time to assemble, but the presentation is so worth it. All the components can be cooked or chopped ahead. This would also be a great recipe to put some little helpers to work in the kitchen.” When preparing your mini tacos, use a 3-inch biscuit or cookie cutter, or something similar, to cut your flour tortillas into small circles.
Shape your tortillas into the cups of a mini-muffin pan, and bake until they’re brown. After they’re crisp and crunchy, the filling fun can begin! Pile as many toppings as you’d like into the small tortillas — cheese, refried beans, lettuce, tomato, red onion, avocado, cilantro, sour cream, black olives, jalapeño, and salsa will all work wonderfully.
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4. Chicken and Waffle Bites
For an easy, delicious, and flexible dish that your family will devour, prepare Chicken and Waffle Bites. You can make your chicken from scratch, or if you’re short on time, you can use frozen chicken breasts, chicken nuggets, or rotisserie chicken. To assemble this dish, Love From the Oven “placed each Waffle Bite, consisting of two Eggo Homestyle Mini Waffles and a bite sized piece of chicken, into a cute cupcake wrapper and used fun paper straws as skewers to hold them together.”
This mini meal can also be served at your game-day get-togethers — you can add a fun team-colored element by serving your waffle bites in cupcake wrappers. For a mini morning meal that will satisfy your sweet tooth, prepare this recipe using cinnamon waffles and sausage. The combination is guaranteed to be a hit at brunch!
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5. Mini Deep Dish Pizzas
Why order Domino’s when you can prepare your own mini pizzas instead? Damn Delicious’s 5-ingredient Mini Deep Dish Pizzas “are unbelievably easy, fool-proof, and completely addicting!” To prepare these bite-size pies, you’ll need flour tortillas, pizza, sauce, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan, and mini pepperonis. Cut your tortillas into medium-size circles, place them in your muffin tin, and top with the pizza sauce, cheese, and pepperoni.
The best part? This recipe, which was adapted from Dashing Dish, only takes 10 to 12 minutes to bake, making it an unbelievably easy meal to prepare on hectic weeknights. The entire family will love sitting down to bite-size pizzas consisting of a crisp, deep-dish crust, cheesy flavors, and zesty pepperoni toppings!
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6. Mini Lasagna Cups
Make a fun and easy lasagna dish for dinner using Kevin & Amanda’s recipe, which consists of beef, sausage, spaghetti sauce, ricotta cheese, seasonings, wonton wrappers, and shredded cheese. “The outer wonton shell is thin and crispy, while the inside is soft and chewy, just like a lasagna noodle. These are so incredibly easy to whip up, great for a quick weeknight dinner.”
To make this dish, which was adapted from Can You Stay For Dinner, you’ll brown your meat, place your wonton wrappers in muffin tins, and add layers of meat, sauce, and cheese. You can add a homemade and fresh-tasting element to this dish by using Food.com’s Super Simple Spaghetti Sauce in your mini lasagna cups.
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