Thursday, April 7, 2011
I will admit to being a carb-addict. Breads, cookies, rice, pasta, dough...um, yes please! One thing I love about pizza is the dough. That would explain why thin crust isn't my favorite (lightbulb moment over here!). I have been making my own homemade dough for quite some time now, long enough that homemade dough is just a natural part of the plan when I make pizza. A bit more time consuming, yes. But well worth it!
While the toppings are the main focus on a pizza, the dough takes center stage with pizza bites! Soft and yeasty, it is a little popper of pizza deliciousness! Um, yes please!!
*Just so you know, this is more of a collection of ingredients that are place together as opposed to an "official" recipe. Feel free to modify according to your tastes. More cheese? Sure. More pepperoni? Go for it.
*Someday soon, I will take a better picture. These things are crazy-good when they are piping hot....no time for good photography! :)
Homemade Pizza Bites
Adapted from Annie's Eats
1 ball of homemade pizza dough
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
3 oz. cream cheese, cubed (use whatever variety you like!)
sliced pepperoni, quartered
Preheat the oven to 400˚ F. Lightly grease a 9-inch pie plate or cake pan. Divide the pizza dough into 20-24 roughly equal sized pieces. Take one of the dough pieces, top with a cube of cream cheese cheese, and a couple of slices of quartered pepperoni. Top with a pinch of mozzarella cheese. Pull the edges of the dough around the fillings and pinch closed. Place seam-side down in the baking dish. Repeat with the remaining dough pieces.
Lightly brush the tops of the dough balls with olive oil. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve warm, with dipping sauce as desired.