Mr. P and I are a cheese couple. He’ll say “No way!” because he thinks his love of cheese is much stronger than mine, but I disagree. Sure I may not eat squares of cheddar cheese with pepperoni and crackers, like, 4 nights a week as he does, BUT he also is not lactose intolerant. Yes people, I am lactose intolerant and I still eat cheese. Now that’s love!
I found a super fun, great recipe on Annie’s Eats a few weeks ago and was dying to try it out and surprise Mr. P. Food (especially with cheese) make him very happy. This is a different, more fun version of a regular pizza – Pizza Bites! I changed the recipe slightly to add tomatoes. You can have it for dinner like we did, with perhaps a side of salad. Or make it for appetizers.
1 bag of store bought pizza dough (or you can make your own)
1cup mozzarella cheese, cubed
2 garlic cloves
8 oz can of diced tomatoes
Grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat the oven to 400˚ F. Lightly spray a pie pan or glass casserole dish with cooking spray. Take your can of diced tomatoes and add to a small bowl with 2 tbsp of olive oil, 2 minced garlic cloves, 1 tbsp of dried crushed oregano, a crackle or two of fresh pepper, and a few leaves of basil chopped. Divide the pizza dough into 20-24 roughly equal sized pieces.
Take one of the dough pieces, and roll out into a small circle.
Top a small dollop of diced tomatoes, a cube of cheese and a slice or two of pepperoni.
Pull the edges of the dough around the fillings and pinch closed.
Place seam-side down into the pan. Continue with the rest of the dough bites.
Lightly brush the tops of the dough balls with olive oil and sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown. Serve hot!
Want to add some veggies? Other meats? Go ahead!
What would you add?