Pizza Bites

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How about some bite sized pizzas to bring in the new year? My whole family is a HUGE fan of anything pizza (if you haven’t gotten that drift yet, or if you are new to my site). It’s funny how when you make something bite sized there is a certain charm that automatically comes along with it. Not only will kids love these things but adults as well. This will be perfect for any kind of party you are either hosting or going to.

For this particular recipe I made a great (in my opinion) flat bread recipe for the crust. It’s a yeast free recipe that still does the job. It does give it a bit of a different taste than pizza, it’s a bit more “mature.” If you are looking for the completely traditional pizza flavor go with regular pizza dough. For my go to recipe, click HERE. You can always use store bought pizza dough or store bough puff pastry as well.

Here’s how the drill goes

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For the pizza dough mix all the dry ingredients, which includes basil, oregano, garlic powder and salt. YUM! All those extra herbs in the dough make it taste so delicious!

IMG_7456Add your water and mix it until it all sticks together like this, no need to try to knead with a spoon!

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Put the dough on an oiled surface or a non-stick surface. Drizzle olive oil right over top the dough.

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Knead it for 3-5 minutes until it looks something like this.

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Roll it out to about 1/4-1/2 inch thick and cut it into circles using a biscuit cutter or mouth of a large cup. You may need to flour your cutting tool, then again maybe not. My son was loving cutting out the circles!

IMG_7461The biscuit cutter may seem large but the dough will pull in after you cut it, so no worries. I even stretch it out some before I put it on the pan.

IMG_7466Then you grease up a pan and put the circles on there. Put the toppings on!

IMG_7465You can choose whatever you want, but on these I put a great combination of shredded cheese and zucchini. I sprinkled a few of them with black pepper and red pepper flakes because I like the extra kick it gives them! I’m really into anything that can make my mouth burn right now.

Flat Bread Pizza Dough

  • 2 1/2 cups flour (wheat, white or both)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2-4 tablespoons olive oil

Combine all the dry ingredients. Add water and stir until everything is stuck together. Turn dough out onto a non-stick or oiled surface. Drizzle olive oil right on top of dough and knead it for 3-5 minutes. Start with drizzling a couple tablespoons of oil and if the dough becomes sticky add more. Roll out dough and either use as a large pizza crust, cut into small pizza crusts, or even use it as a stove top pizza dough (this recipe is GREAT for that).

If doing pizza bites put 1-2 tablespoons pizza sauce on each dough circle. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes  or until cheese is melted and turning golden brown (if not baking pizza bites you may want to increase oven temp to 375, and it may take longer to bake). Cool on cooling rack or eat warm!

Topping suggestion

  • Pizza Sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup squeezed, shredded zucchini
  • black pepper/red pepper (optional, to sprinkle on top for some heat)

 

 

 

 

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