Thursday, December 30, 2010

Pepperoni Pizza Bites ~ The Perfect Finger Food!

I found a new recipe that is a huge hit in our house. It's Pepperoni Pizza Bites aka Stuffed Pizza Rolls.These babies are so yummy and very kid friendly. I found this recipe over at Mandy's Recipe Box who saw them on Our Best Bites. I knew immediately I had to make these.

If you love finger foods then you're going to love this recipe. Pizza Bites are little pizza dough balls filled with all sorts of yummy pizza toppings. In this recipe the pizza sauce isn't added inside of the pizza bites but used as a dipping sauce instead.

My kids loved these when I made them the first time. They are already asking me to make them again. These pizza bites make the perfect little appetizer especially for kids.

Our toppings of choice were pepperoni and cheese and pepperoni, cheese and black olives. You can customize these pizza bites to what ever your favorite pizza topping is. Let's get started and I will show you how easy these pizza bites are to make.
I chose to make a homemade pizza dough using my favorite Quick & Easy Pizza Dough recipe. Store bought is fine, but I wanted to use what I had on hand. Unroll the pizza dough onto a lightly floured surface until it is about 12" by 8". Then using a pizza cutter cut it into 24 squares.

Place cheese and desired toppings on each square. You are 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. Sprinkle with the garlic and Italian seasoning and top with Parmesan cheese. Bake in oven for about 15-20 minutes or until golden brown on top.

Serve warm with marinara or pizza sauce for dipping.







Pepperoni Pizza Bites 


Ingredients:
2 - packets store bought pizza dough, prepared or (1) recipe homemade pizza dough
1 - jar pizza sauce or homemade
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.

Directions:
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.

Cook's Note: If using store bought pizza dough I prefer the Great Value Packets or Jiffy Boxed Pizza Crust. You can also use Pillsburys rolled pizza dough in the refrigerator section.





18 comments:

Rachelle @ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" said... #

These sound great!! THey remind of something similar I made with meatballs inside, then you dip them in marinara. Mmm! Kids would love these!

ann said... #

Oooh Tina, These look so good. I would love these and so would my family. I'm on it! Happy New Year!

Stefania said... #

Happy New Year ♥
Moltissimi Auguri
per uno splendido 2011

Kim @ Quit Eating Out {Recipes to Make Dining Out a Choice, Not a Chore} said... #

Ok, these look amazing! I know my kids and I would LOVE these as we are huge pizza fans. Goodness, I think I'll try these and your brownie recipe below very soon! Thanks for sharing. Happy New Year!!!

kitchen flavours said... #

Looks really good! Love the idea of dipping in pizza sauce. Wishing you and your family A Happy New Year!

Cindy said... #

Oh, I am so on this recipe!! Perfect for tonight Thx for sharing.

Avril said... #

Super YUM!!! I've been eyeing these little savory gems...hoping to make them tomorrow for New Year's Day.

Oh,and I'm excited that you have put your Valentine's Day recipes on the side bar!!! :-)

Happy New Year Tina!
~avril :-)

Leslie said... #

Oh YUM...These do look like the perfect finger food.
Happy New Years to you!

Mrs. Sheila said... #

Made these tonight for our New Year's Eve family buffet. YUM! Definately a do again! Thank you so much! Will be reviewing this recipe on my cooking blog very soon!

April said... #

We made this last night for our family New Year's Eve party and they were so yummy! My kids had a blast helping fix them!

Anonymous said... #

We made these for New Years day. I only had one problem, I didn't make enough of them! they were so good!thanks for the recipe!

Tina @ MOMS CRAZY COOKING said... #

Thanks so much for linking up to THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS! Just a little reminder (can you please add a link back, so all your readers can see all the great pizza recipes from the linky-party)!! THANKS A MILLION!

Also I am hosting my first give-away tomorrow (and I won a GREAT turkey certificate from you, so I wanted to invite you to my give-away!)

adventuringsmiths said... #

My mom made something very similar to these when I was growing up. They used refrigerated biscuits for the dough. VERY easy!

Mandy said... #

Didn't you love these! So amazing!

Anonymous said... #

Just wanted to say thank you, thank you, thank you. My family absolutely loved dinner tonight. Easy to make, but oh so impressive. I used the homemade pizza dough and I had some left over. Soooo, I decided to make some cinnamon twists. I just spread melted butter on top of dough, sprinkled with brown sugar and cinnamon sugar, then cut in pieces. Pick up each piece and twist then place on a cookie sheet and bake for about 10 minutes. Of course for good measure I brushed melted butter and sprinkled with more cinnamon sugar before baking. After they were baked I drizzled the tops with confectioner sugar icing. Yummy end to a great meal :)

Piper said... #

These will be a HIT at my house!1

Caroline Musacchia said... #

I can't wait to try this! looks soooo yummy!!!

GeekMomJen said... #

This look wonderful! I'm looking for things I can send in school lunches. Any idea if you can freeze these?
By the way, your buttermilk biscuit recipe has become a staple at our house. Thank you! :)