Pizza Bites

Say hello to one of the most brilliant snack foods of all time – the pizza bite.  So many foods become even more fun when they are made mini, and I think this proves that pizza is no exception.  The first time I ever made these, they were a big hit and devoured in no time.  I’ve been looking for a reason to make them again ever since, and they seemed to fit perfectly with the girls’ night/guys’ night theme.  They are sure to be a hit at just about any gathering, but seem really ideal for the Super Bowl coming up!

They are incredibly easy to make.  Start out with a chunk of pizza dough, and just wrap it around your choice of topping – or in this case, filling.  (Of course you can use any pizza dough you like, but if you haven’t already, I urge you to try this one – it’s my favorite!)  I like to fill them with a cube of mozzarella cheese and a couple slices of pepperoni.  I normally don’t really eat pepperoni, but I really like it in these.  It reminds me a lot of these cheese and pepperoni-filled breadsticks one of the bars served in college – amazing!  As for dipping sauces, I go with this classic pizza sauce.  Ranch dressing would be good too, if that’s your thing.  Really though, these are so good on their own I don’t think a dipping sauce is necessary.  I have found that a half recipe of the pizza dough (enough for one pizza) is just the right amount for one pan of these bites (about 20-24 bites).  If you want them to be identical in size, you can use a kitchen scale to make sure you use the same amount of dough for each.  I just rip a small hunk of dough off and try to stay consistent with the size.

Pizza Bites
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Ingredients:
½ batch pizza dough (enough for 1 pizza)
4 oz. mozzarella cheese, cubed (about 20-24 pieces)
Sliced pepperoni

For topping:
Olive oil
Italian seasoning
Grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 400˚ F.  Lightly grease a 9-inch pie plate or cake pan.  Divide the pizza dough into 20-24 roughly equal sized pieces.  Take one of the dough pieces, top with 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 in the baking dish.  Repeat with the remaining dough pieces.

Lightly brush the tops of the dough balls with olive oil.  Sprinkle with Italian seasoning and grated Parmesan cheese.  Bake for 20 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown.  Serve warm, with dipping sauce as desired.

Source: inspired by Chaos in the Kitchen

93 Responses

  1. I love this idea! Perfect for a football-watching crowd :).

  2. These look pretty awesome! Definitely a good Super Bowl party treat!

  3. Wow this is a great idea and looks delicious – I’m sure it would be a crowd pleaser and it looks easy enough to make!

  4. This is a MUST try for sure. Love the idea! Great photos.

  5. This gives me all kinds of ideas for stuffing dough. I agree with you on small sizes–whether it’s cookies, rolls, cupcakes or appetizers. People eat them much more quickly. I think we like to tell ourselves there are fewer calories–which there are. Nevermind that we eat bunches of them.

  6. These look really good. I have a friend who makes something similar. She calls them stromboli bites. Spread out a refrigerated pizza crust from a can and top it with pepperoni and cheese. Roll the whole thing up into a loaf and bake it. When it comes out she slices them into into 1 inch spirels. Last time she put in some green olives too. They were amazing and devoured imediatly! I will have to try your recipe. I bet the homemade pizza dough makes them even better.

  7. Thanks Annie! I can’t wait to make these for the SuperBowl. What a great idea!

  8. Mmm these look so good – perfect game time food!

  9. Aren’t they just awesome?! They’re on my super bowl menu too. I am glad they were a hit at the party. 🙂

  10. I’m really happy to see you’ve posted this recipe. After seeing the picture last week, I searched the site high and low for this yummy appetizer, to no avail. Husband’s b-day fiesta is next weekend, and he LOVES pizza. Perfect! Perfect! Thanks so much!

  11. I’ve made these before and they’ve always been a huge success! I actually forgot about them momentarily – think I’ll have to make them for Super Bowl. Go Colts!

  12. I was looking for some new recipes for the Super Bowl.. these are perfect! Thanks!

  13. I was hoping this would be the first recipe you posted from your foodbuzz thingy. Thanks, Annie!

  14. Your blog is quickly becoming one of my favorites. I think I have like half of your recipes bookmarked! These are definitely going on my super bowl menu! Do you think it would be okay to make them earlier in the day, stick them in the fridge, and then bake them off a few hours later?

    • SugarCooking,
      That is an excellent question. I am not sure, but I think that it should be fine to prep them in advance and then refrigerate them until they are ready to bake. I might consider popping them in the freezer for maybe 30 minutes before transferring to the fridge, just to be sure you prevent the dough from rising again. If you try it, let me know how it turns out.

  15. Awesome! I might make these for the Super Bowl, since I already planned to make pizza this week with your perfect pizza crust!

    Yum!

  16. OOOOOOOOUUUUUU!!! What a very interesting appetizers. That would entertain lots of guests. I’m for sure taking down this recipe.

  17. I agree…pizza bites are brilliant, indeed! Yum!

  18. Annie, you went to IU, right? Those stuffed breadsticks you’re talking about don’t happen to be from Kilroy’s, do they?! 😉 Boy, they make me want to go back to B-town right now!

    • Sara, yep, you got it! I knew an IU alum would recognize that description 🙂

    • I was thinking the same things when I stumbled onto your blog and read the recipes. I can’t wait to surprise my husband, we are both IU grads with these. I am sure they will bring back some fun memories.

  19. ooooh…i will definitely try these!

  20. What a cute and yummy looking app! I’ll have to try these.

  21. What a great idea! Looks like a perfect Super Bowl kind of food. I have some marinated mushrooms and olives sitting in my fridge right now, so I may make this and sub the mushrooms/olives for the pepperoni!

  22. these look so good! I think i’ll have to try this for dinner one night. 😀

  23. These look great!!

  24. Oh my goodness if only I could take a bite right out of the screen. These look de-lish!

  25. Yay! I have been waiting for you to post this recipe since your first post last week. This would make a great little snack for a Superbowl party!

  26. These are possibly some of the best superbowl food I’ve yet to see. You’ve got me craving pizza. Plus they are way better for you than hot pockets!

  27. What a clever idea. I can’t wait to try them !

  28. Oh, yeah. I have so got to try this recipe! Yum-yum

  29. These look awesome! I was searching for something special to take to a Super Bowl party and found your blog. I love it! Do you have any Colts blue treats to share LOL!

  30. This is perfect for a Superbowl party! My favorite pizza is ham and pineapple, dipped in ranch dressing. I think I may have to try the way you suggest & play around with ham/pineapple flavors too! Thanks so much for posting!
    ~Emerging Domesticity

  31. That’s a great idea – my husband is kind of tired of my party pizza Friday – maybe I’ll make these for the Superbowl! Thanks! 😀

  32. This is such a brilliantly delicious idea! I also wanted to eat one right off the screen. I cannot wait to try it out. Thanks for sharing.

  33. I made something like this recently with kielbasa. so good! We’ve done it with pizza before too, which I love. I never had much luck with the cheese…it tended to ooze out of the bread. although I guess that’s not all bad right? 🙂 Yours look delicious!

  34. Hi Annie,

    again a nice recipe thanks, I wish you post some more vegetarian recipes 🙂 this is workable and easy though I am planning to stuff these with cheese, spinach and tomato sauce but will it work on a baking sheet? like i dont want them to stick like that or are they supposed to? I have very limited xperience in baking sorry.

    • Hi Meghna,
      Sorry, I’m not a vegetarian – I just post what I eat! You could probably make them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silpat, though I think they are probably better placed close together so you still pull them apart before you eat.

  35. oh these look amazing!

  36. This looks so much better than Totino’s pizza rolls. 😉

  37. I love the simplicity of this recipe…and the possibilities it inspires. I have two boys that are going to be really happy with me this Sunday….Thank you!

  38. Yum! I made these today for a playdate. Since, I didn’t have time to make pizza dough, I used the frozen Rhodes rolls and cut then into smaller pieces before letting them rise and then stuffing them. They turned out great!

  39. These are decadent!

  40. YAY I’ve been waiting for this recipe!

    When is the mushroom bundles one coming?! I was so disappointed there were no pictures, they seemed delicious!!!

    • Hi Zeze,
      Because I didn’t get a picture, I won’t be posting the mushroom bundles. You can find them on Pioneer Woman’s website.

  41. What a fun and creative idea! They look so fluffy. Thanks for sharing, Annie!

  42. My husband would love these! He’s a pepperoni fiend lol.

    Jenn

  43. When you said, “It reminds me a lot of these cheese and pepperoni-filled breadsticks one of the bars served in college – amazing!”, it totally reminded me of my favorite pizza breadsticks that I lived on in grad school… My husband and I talk about going back to that bar to visit just so we can get some! 🙂 Then I noticed on your about page that you’re in Indiana, so I gotta ask… Any chance you’re talking about Kilroy’s in Bloomington? Their breadsticks (and cheese sauce) are fantastic!

    • Hi Dallas,
      Yep, if you look in the comments above, you’ll see another commenter asked that same question and yes, I am talking about Kilroy’s. Those breadsticks are a staple!

  44. I had planned to make some focaccia bread with my leftover pizza dough last night, but when I saw theese, I knew I would have to change my plans!

    I’ve been using your pizza dough recipe for a few weeks now, and I’ve had nothing but success. This was another great use for an already great dough recipe.

  45. These look delicious! What a great party food 🙂

  46. I cant tell you how excited I am to try these out! I love pizza, its probably one of my favorite foods ever! But who can pass up mini pizza bites! Delish!

  47. wow..the consistency of that looks fantastic to me.

  48. Can’t wait to try this out!

  49. OK these totally remind me of “Pizza Balls” from a bar in my college town
    (only they were cooked in the fryer)….I have been thinking about trying to recreate them in the oven and this is perfect!!!

  50. Hello super bowl sunday. I am so making these. Can you make and bake them off later?

  51. […] idea I am stealing… pizza bites (@ Annie’s […]

  52. mmmm… love these little bites! I’ve made them with biscuits from the refrigerated section. addictive little buggers!

  53. Great idea…and they look so pretty, too!

  54. I am making these on Sunday and am so excited!! I shared the recipe with a friend and work and I am hoping we can compare on Monday 🙂 I am also making your salsa this weekend. Your website is SO inspiring and fun.

  55. I just needed to tell you that I love your site. I make a ton of your recipes and they are all excellent! Tonight we had pizza bites and I made a pizza with your crust and sauce. SO GOOD!! I loved it. Thank you so much!

  56. We’re snowed in here in DC (about 30” so far!) and I just made some of these delicious little babies for lunch! They are so easy and so yummy! I can’t wait to make them for my family and friends. They’ll definitely be coming out for my next party.

    I love your blog…I’ve made at least 4 or 5 things you’ve posted and nothing has been short of amazing 🙂 Thanks 🙂

  57. These were so good! Thanks for sharing this with us. It was quick and easy, and everyone enjoyed them. 🙂

  58. I made these this week when we had friends over for dinner. They were so good and easy to make – they didn’t last long! My husband is already asking when I will make them again 🙂 Thanks!

  59. I’ve been planning on making these for the game ever since you posted them! However, I just realized that all I have is all-purpose flour. I read on Brown Eyed Baker that this flour will make the crust a little less crisp. Do you think this will matter in this recipe? Thanks Annie for all of your inspirational recipes, love your site!

    • Hi Erica,
      I always use whatever flour is called for in dough recipes, because it really does make a difference in the texture. Bread flour has more protein and therefore higher gluten content than all-purpose, which leads to a chewier dough. In the case of the pizza bites, it won’t necessarily affect the “crispness” because these really aren’t crisp, but to get that nice chewy texture of good pizza dough, I think bread flour is best. I am sure you can find substitution ratios on the internet if you still want to use AP. Good luck!

  60. Hi Annie, You have so many amazing recipes on here…I love it! I’m jealous of your photographic skills as well! I used this recipe (and 3 of your others) for Superbowl yesterday (http://twinmommas.blogspot.com/2010/02/go-colts.html). Thank you so much! 🙂

  61. Thank you, Annie! My husband loved them on Super-bowl Sunday and is requesting they be served often. 🙂

  62. This is an amazing idea. I can’t wait to make these, I guess I know what I will be doing on my snow day.

  63. thanks Annie,
    I made these for our super-bowl party in Lithuania (yes, we watched it at 1:30 AM!) and they were a big hit. I’ve tried several of your recipes in the past, but these were so good, I just had to leave you a note. love your site.

  64. hi annie!

    i made your pizza bites and they were GREAT!

    http://foodforscot.blogspot.com/2010/02/pizza-rolls.html

    my husband kept calling them pizza rolls, which is why the initial title said that. i told him to stop calling them that! i loved how easy they were. your dough is also wonderful! i made it and used half for the pizza bites and half for bacon cheeseburger pizza the next night!

    shanon

  65. MMM! My hubs is hosting a poker party this weekend, and I might just put this on the menu – sounds awesome!! I linked to it on my weekly roundup, the post is under my name. Thnaks!

  66. I have just made these as an afterschool snack for my three teenage boys (and all the mates that tend to follow them home everyday and eat everything in the house). I have to summon all of my self control so as not to eat the whole lot before the kids get home! Delicious… and the pizza dough is divine. It’s my new favorite. Thank you.

  67. Thanks for the recipe! I made these for a party over the weekend and for some reason, while baking, the cheese came out of each pizza bite. Any idea why that may have happened? People actually ate the seasoned dough balls anyway, but I’d love to make them again with the cheese inside! Thanks again!

    • Hi Kim,
      It sounds like the dough just wasn’t pinched tightly enough to seal the bites closed. Mine have always been completely sealed, and I’ve never had anything leak out.

  68. Loved these! Made them for the family for our lil’ Super Bowl party and they were perfect! The kids have already asked for them again.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  69. These were so quick and easy to make and came out delicious! Great idea for potlucks and parties!!

  70. These were soooo good! They came out absolutely perfect. I wonder if these can be made ahead and refrigerated until party time?

  71. I have just discovered your site and it is great. I have added it to my favorites and will be returning on a regular basis.

  72. I just tried these – delicious on a rainy afternoon! I added a little marinara sauce inside the bite and they were perfect. Thanks! Can’t wait to make more of your recipes!

  73. These were a huge hit with my husband and kids! We don’t like a lot of sauce on our pizza, and my husband is a big fan of pepperoni stuffed breadsticks. These were great! Thank you!

  74. Hi Annie!

    I’m attempting to make these pizza bites for my daughters birthday party. I’m confused about something. Am I following the pizza dough recipe (letting it rise) before I start making the balls and putting the cheese and pepperoni on it?

    Thanks!

  75. going to work on these tomorrow…btw have you ever used the pizza dough for calzones?

  76. Thanks Annie – I hosted a ‘finger food’ party for several friends last night, and also did a test run the night before. This recipe was a huge hit. I purchased the pizza dough and pre-sliced pepperoni, so this was put together in no time at all. Guests had a choice between ranch dressing and pizza sauce, and they just loved it.

  77. OMG, what a hit!! made these for lunch yesterday and all my boys loved them. I’m ready to stock my freezer with pizza dough to make this an easy dinner or lunch when I need it.

  78. Can I add the sauce inside the dough? This looks so yummy!

  79. I made these a couple of weeks ago for Monday Night Football, and they were a hit. They were gone is a flash. One of my friends talks about them every time I see him. I guess I will have to make them again. Thanks for the recipe!!

  80. I made these the other night and were absolutely delicious! However, mine definitely did not come out as fluffy and remained more dense and small. Should I be letting them rise after putting the filling in and pinching them closed? or any other suggestions? Thanks again!!

    • Did you make the pizza dough recipe? It sounds like something may have gone wrong there, if so. Maybe too much flour – did you weigh it? They shouldn’t need to rise again after forming, I bake them right away.

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