Kids Cooking! Bubble Up Pizza

During this hectic time of year when the kids are just back in school and we’re settling into our school routine, I love having quick and easy dinner options. Bonus? Now that my girls are a little older, I can get their help with dinner. What’s better than kids cooking? One of our favorite meals, Bubble Up Pizza, is a perfect recipe for kids to help with – and perfect for busy school nights because it is so quick and easy to make. When I received an opportunity to write a post featuring Pillsbury Grands! Biscuits, I knew exactly what I’d write about! I let the girls make Bubble Up Pizza while I observed and took lots of funny pictures to share here.

The funniest thing right off the bat was of course their attempts to open the two cans of biscuits (I like to use a can and a half of the Grands! Biscuits in our Bubble Up Pizza because we like it extra biscuit-y). Jenny got it fairly quickly, though she did comically try to open it with her teeth.
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Jenny moved on to cutting her can of biscuits into quarters (with a butter knife) while Reagan continued to struggle.
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All the quartered biscuits were tossed into the bowl.
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I like the pepperoni that’s mixed into the Bubble Up Pizza to be sliced in half, so Jenny handled that too.
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Both girls took turns mixing everything in the bowl (quartered biscuits, pizza sauce, pepperoni and bacon pieces).
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Reagan took her turn, showing why she shouldn’t be trusted to do this sort of thing on her own because she certainly doesn’t look at what she’s doing.
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Once everything was mixed up, they used teamwork to spread it out in the casserole dish.
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And teamwork/competition to layer pepperonis on top (we ended up with a LOT of pepperoni on top). Note: Brinky was not helping with the cooking, fortunately.
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Once the pepperoni was on, they added a couple layers of cheese (Italian and Cheddar). This gave Reagan a chance to say, “It’s raining cheese!” Obviously we like a lot of cheese.
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Then they put the Bubble Up Pizza in the oven (very carefully) and celebrated their work.
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Just a little bit later it was time to sit down and eat, and I have to admit it may have been the best batch of Bubble Up Pizza we’ve ever had, and not just because I didn’t have to make it myself.
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One of my favorite things about this recipe is that it’s so easy to customize to your family’s tastes – we include our favorite pizza toppings and we mix them throughout in addition to topping the pizza with them, and we pile on tons of cheese – but you could include any toppings. Or let your kids choose their toppings when they make it!

The Pillsbury recipe for Pepperoni Pizza Bake (known by my family as Bubble Up Pizza) can be found here. Our version includes more biscuits (I use a can and a half – save the rest for weekend cinnamon rolls) and a lot more pepperoni and cheese, but like I mentioned, you can customize to your family’s tastes!

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Meals like this one make our back to school night dinners so much easier! Another plus of this meal is that it can easily be prepared ahead of time and placed into the refrigerator and then baked at dinner time. I love shortcuts like that during the school year – prepping casseroles ahead, using the Crock Pot – using the meal plan we come up with every weekend before heading to the grocery store For more recipe ideas, download the Pillsbury recipe booklet here and let me know which recipe you’re most excited about trying!

Do you let your kids help with cooking? Do you have any school night dinner tips to share?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective. The content and opinions expressed here are all my own and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of General Mills. Compensation was provided by General Mills via Clever Girls Collective.

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