Getting together to watch a game? Or maybe watching a different sort of game? Pizza bites are awesome party food. This recipe makes three trays which means you can pop them in the freezer and always have a quick appetizer on hand. Although, they are usually so popular that you’ll wind up baking all three trays in one night!
Pizza Bitesmakes 48 bites divided into 3 trays, prep 20 min, cook time 20 min, adapted from Recipezaar
- 2 recipes pizza dough (or 2 cans refrigerated pizza dough)
- 8 oz block mozzarella cheese
- 4 oz thin sliced pepperoni
- 2 tsp Italian seasoning (combine oregano, basil, parsley, and garlic)
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 3 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
- pizza or marinara sauce
- Prepare pizza dough and roughly chop pepperoni. Cut block of mozzarella into 48 cubes.
- If you are going to bake some (or all!) right away preheat oven to 400°F. Grease 3 pie pans.
- If using refrigerated pizza dough: roll one dough out into a large rectangle and cut into 24 pieces. Repeat with 2nd pizza dough. If using homemade dough just pinch off walnut sized pieces as you go.
- In each dough piece place a couple pieces of chopped pepperoni and a cube of cheese. Seal dough around meat and cheese and place seam side down in pie pan.
- Repeat, placing approximately 16 dough balls in each pie plate.
- Once assembled, combine oil and spices and brush over the dough. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
- Now you can cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate or freeze or you can bake right away.
- When ready to bake: bake at 400°F for 16-20 min. Serve with warm pizza or marinara sauce.
I discovered this dough from Carmen Cooks when I tried her calzone recipe. I have used it over and over since then! I absolutely love it because it is so forgiving and easy to work with. Doubled, it makes the perfect amount of dough for this recipe. I used to use the refrigerated pizza doughs for this recipe, but I actually find the homemade dough far easier to work with.
Basic Pizza Doughmakes 1 recipe pizza dough, prep 10 min, rise time 1 hour
- 1 pkg active dry yeast (or 2 1/4 tsp loose yeast)
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 3/4 cup flour
- Combine yeast and warm water, stir to dissolve.
- Add oil, salt, and flour. Stir to combine.
- Once dough starts to come together, turn out onto a floured counter and knead to thoroughly combine-until dough is smooth and elastic. If it is uncooperative let it rest for a few minutes and come back to it.
- Place dough ball in a greased bowl and cover loosely. Allow dough to rise until doubled, approximately an hour.
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