January 23, 2013

Pizza Bites

My son and his friend spent the day snowboarding the other day.  Honestly, I don't know how they do it....all day outside in the freezing cold - no thank you!!  I totally live in the wrong state.  I would be much better suited to a warmer climate...but alas, here I am in beautiful Vermont.  Funny how things work out in life, huh?

I knew after a long day on the slopes they'd be hungry, so I figured it was a good time to try this recipe for these cute little pizza bites I've been holding onto for a while now.  I love to try out new recipes on my son and his friends.  Teenagers are worthy judges when it comes to food!  

They gobbled these right up in about 5 minutes.  Since I wasn't positive if that meant they loved them or they were just starving, I had to ask how they liked them.  My son said they were really good, but that they needed more pepperoni.  The next day he asked if I made some more.....I'll take that to mean he liked them!  I like this recipe - it's quick, simple and a crowd pleasure....well, a teenage crowd anyway!  Make them for the kids to snack on, or they'd be a perfect appetizer for a potluck.  The possibilities for these are endless when it comes to what "toppings" to add.  The ones I made here are pepperoni and mushroom, but really you could add whatever your heart desires.  

Pizza Bites (adapted from www.plainchicken.com)

3/4 cup flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp onion powder
3/4 cup whole milk
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 & 1/2 cup mozzarella, shredded
1/2 cup pepperoni, cut into fourths (or you could use mini pepperoni pieces)

1/3 cup mushrooms, chopped 1/2 cup pizza sauce
Preheat the oven to 375° & spray 24-cup mini-muffin tins with cooking spray and set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, garlic powder, onion powder and baking powder.  Add the milk and egg, and whisk to combine. Stir in 1 cup of the mozzarella, the mushrooms & pepperoni and let set for 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes, divide the batter into the mini-muffin tins. Take the remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella and sprinkle a little on each one.  Pop in the oven and bake until puffed and golden, 20 minutes.

While that's cooking, heat the pizza sauce until warmed through (by microwave or stove-top). Serve the puffs with the pizza sauce on the side for dipping.


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  2. I saw these on Pinterest and wondered if they were good...and if they came out looking like the picture shown. Thanks for sharing this because now I have another opinion on them! Looks like I'll have some around and in the freezer for my ever hungry preteen boys very soon!

    1. They are perfect for those bottomless pits those teenagers tend to have! Hope you'll try them....it's really the only way to find out :) Thanks for commenting and visiting!

  3. Your pizza bites look great! I'm always looking for good wholesome snacks for my (almost) teenage son. I'm going to give these a try.

  4. can the dough be refrigerated for a few days before cooking?

    1. Well, I haven't tried that, but I can't think of why it wouldn't be ok. Only one way to find out....good luck!

  5. These are cute! I will try them for sure :) They look delicious!

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