Saturday, April 2, 2011

Pizza Bites

I am officially kicking off my plan of trying to make 30 new things by the time I turn 30! This was my first attempt. It was a raving success! Perfect way to start!
I found this recipe here.

1 - pizza dough
pizza or marina sauce for dipping
2 - tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 - tablespoon olive oil or melted butter
1/2 - teaspoon garlic powder
1 - teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
mozzarella cheese or string cheese cut into pieces
Pizza toppings of your choice:
pepperoni slices, hamburger, sausage, ham, veggies, pineapple, etc.

You can use homemade pizza dough or store bought. Preheat oven to heat specified on pizza dough package. Usually it's 400 degrees. If you make your own dough, 400 is usually a good heat as well. Unroll your pizza dough onto a lightly floured surface. Pat or roll the dough so it's about 12" by 8". You're going to want to cut it into 24 squares.

Place cheese and desired toppings on each square. (Note you're not putting the marinara sauce on the dough- it's for dipping after). You need to be able to enclose the toppings in the dough. When all of your dough squares have cheese and toppings on them, carefully lift up each square and wrap the dough around the toppings. Pinch to make sure each ball is sealed shut and then place them seam side down in a lightly sprayed pie pan (or similar sized dish).

Brush the tops of the dough balls with olive oil or melted butter (I used butter) and then sprinkle with the garlic and Italian seasoning and top with Parmesan cheese. Bake them in the oven for about 15-20 minutes or until golden brown on top. Serve warm with warmed marinara sauce on the side for dipping.


Nellie said...

Great idea! I used Artisan Bread in Five Minutes A Day olive oil dough to make pizza, calzones, stromboli, etc...but I've never thought of bites! This is SO on our menu for the week. Thanks! Glad you can check one off!!!

bandneuman said...

This looks really yummy and could be a ton of fun for the whole family too! -