A few weeks ago Baby Girl and I met my mom and aunt for dinner. We went to a pizza place and since it was a Thursday I figured I'd make something other than pizza for dinner on Friday. Then Maeghan posted these Pull-Apart Pizza Bites and I figured they were different enough from pizza to warrant making them the day after a pizza dinner.
I served these with Caesar salad to make it more of a dinner. We really enjoyed these - simple to make and great flavor, especially dipped in pizza sauce. Baby Girl loved that it was even easier to eat than pizza. These would also make a great appetizer for a party.
Pull-Apart Pizza Bites
As seen on The Way to His Heart
1 ball pizza dough
4 oz. mozzarella cheese, cubed (about 24 pieces)
Italian seasoning or pizza spices
Grated Parmesan cheese
Serve with pizza sauce
Pre-heat oven to 400 F. Lightly grease a 9-inch pie plate.
Roll the dough out into a thin round, as if you're making pizza. Place one mozzarella cube and two pieces of pepperoni about an inch apart around the dough. Using a pizza cutter, cut the dough around the mozzarella and pepperoni. Alternatively, divide the dough into 24 equal sized pieces, approximately 1 oz. each. Place one mozzarella cube and one to two pieces of pepperoni slices on each piece of dough. Pull the sides of the dough up around the cheese and pepperoni. Pinch to seal and place the dough, seam side down in the pie plate.
Repeat with the remaining dough and place the pieces of dough in a circular pattern around the pie plate.
Lightly brush olive oil over the top of the dough balls. Lightly sprinkle the Italian seasoning or pizza spices and Parmesan cheese over the top of the dough balls.
Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm with pizza sauce for dipping.