Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Pizza Bites with Basic Pizza Dough

The pizza bites were a huge hit! My kids devoured them. The pizza dough was very easy and quick. AND it made enough for 2 pizzas, so I was able to freeze half the recipe to use at a later time. I'm thinking perhaps Copycat Domino's Cinna Stix :)

What you need:
  • 1/2 batch pizza dough (recipe below)
  • 4 oz. mozzarella cheese, cubed (I used shredded)
  • Sliced pepperoni
  • For topping: Olive oil, Italian seasoning and Parmesan cheese
Pizza Dough (not sure where I got it):
  • 1/2 cup warm water (about 110*)
  • 1 envelope instant yeast
  • 1 1/4 cups water, room temp
  • 2 tbsp. EVOO
  • 4 cups bread flour, plus some
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • Nonstick cooking spray

    Place 1/2 cup water into a measuring glass and mix in yeast. Let stand about 5 minutes.

    Add room temp water and olive oil; stir to combine.

    Place flour and salt in stand mixer with paddle attachment and stir just to combine on a very low speed.

    Slowly add the water-yeast mixture and continue to mix on low.

    Once it is mixed, replace paddle with dough hook. Knead with dough hook for 5 minutes

    Form the dough into a ball and place in a bowl that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. 
    Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Press to deflate.

    Divide the dough into two equal pieces. Wrap and freeze half to use later.
    Then divide the remaining half into 20 to 24 pieces.

    I flattened out all my dough because I used shredded mozzarella. Add cheese and pepperoni.
    Pull the dough to cover filling and pinch to close.

    Place dough balls, seam-side down into a greased 9-inch baking dish.

    Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with Italian seasoning and grated Parmesan cheese (which I didn't realize until now, but apparently I forgot)

    Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

    Serve warm with sauce - I used pizza sauce :)

    Recipe from Annie's Eats

    This recipe is linked up at...
    Lovely Yellow Ribbons


    Melissa {AllSewnUp} said...

    oh yum! these look so yummy. this is a must try! thanks!

    Alida Sharp said...

    mmm...yummy! My husband would enjoy these!

    Ashley said...

    this looks great too!!! love it all:)

    Kim of Mo'Betta said...

    we all love pizza, so these would be a huge hit!

    Patty said...

    These remind me of baby Calzone's...what fun!

    Delicious recipe, thanks for sharing!

    Sarah said...

    Oh my goodness. It's one in the morning, and I should be going to bed, but instead I'm looking at your delicious food and my stomach is grumbling - because, well, there's NOTHING better than pizza ANYTHING! :D I (surprisingly!) have all the ingredients for this, and will totally be making it in the morning!