If you've been following me on Facebook, you'll know that I am in the midst of midterm exams and I've been a little remiss in my posting. I think I may have been a tad overconfident at the beginning of the exams. I don't know how the (much younger) traditional students do it! Wow! Thank you all - SO MUCH - for hanging in there with me!!
The recipe below is for some delicious little pizza bites that couldn't be easier to make! They remind me of little pan-style pizzas. If you'd prefer not to make individual pizzas, just roll the dough out onto a 12-inch pizza pan and top with your favorite pizza toppings. These little pizzas reheat wonderfully in the microwave and are perfect for meals or as a snack!
Ghoulishly Good Pizza Bites
To make the dough, combine 1/2 cup flour, the yeast, and salt in a bowl. Add the water and the oil. Mix well to form a soft dough. Stir in the Parmesan cheese and Italian-blend seasoning, along with the remaining flour. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead until the dough is smooth - about 5 minutes. Add flour as needed, if the dough is sticky. You'll want a slightly tacky dough, in the end. Place the dough in an oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Place the bowl in a warm, draft-free place for about 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 400°F.
To make the pizza bites, grease a 12-cup muffin pan and set aside. Deflate the dough and divide it into 12 portions. Form a ball with each portion of dough and place it in each of the muffin pan cups. Flatten the balls of dough and bring the dough up the sides of each cup. Spoon 1 - 2 teaspoons of pizza sauce in each little pizza crust and top with your favorite toppings. We used pepperoni for our little pizza bites. Sprinkle the shredded cheese over the toppings. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
An offset spatula (or a fork) works great for removing the pizza bites from the muffin pan. Be careful not to burn yourself!