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If you're like most of the U.S. population, you'll be watching some TV tomorrow night. And if you're lucky, you'll be watching with a group of friends. If you're really lucky (and they're even luckier) you'll be sharing these amazing little nuggets of goodness with your friends.
Fleischmann's Pizza Crust Yeast makes these little treats super easy and fast to make. For these I used turkey pepperoni and shredded mozzarella cheese to fill our bites because it's what I had on hand. The second time I made them I mixed one part light ricotta with three part light mozzarella and they were amazing. Next time I'll try a mixture of cheeses, perhaps a small piece of provolone, mozzarella and swiss in each. Use whatever topping you have on hand, just make sure to cook any meats first.
makes 20-24 bites
1 batch of pizza dough (if you don't have Fleischmann's yeast, any pizza dough will work. Most pizzerias will sell you dough, if you ask.)
mozzarella cheese cut into chunks (or shredded with do)
fresh grated Parmesan
other favorite pizza toppings (meats cooked through)
for the dough:
1 3/4 - 2 1/4 c. of flour
1 envelope Fleischmann’s Pizza Yeast
3 t. sugar
3/4 t. salt
1/2 t. garlic powder
2/3 cup of very warm water (120 degrees F)
1 T olive oil
Preheat oven to 400 degrees and generously spray the bottom and sides of a 9" pie plate or cake pan with non-stick spray.
Make the dough:
In a stand mixer with the dough hook attachment combine 1 cup of flour and remaining dry ingredients. With the mixer on low add warm water and olive oil. Mixture will be very sticky. Add 1/2 c. flour, mix continuously on low adding more flour as necessary until dough becomes smooth. Knead with the mixer on medium low for 4-5 minutes. Turn mixer off and let dough rest while you gather your pizza bite stuffings.
Assemble the pizza bites:
1. Cut off a small piece of dough a little smaller than the size of a golf ball and flatten into a circle in your palm
2. Place 2 pepperoni and a hunk of cheese (or a pinch of mozzarella) in the center, fold over and pinch the edges to close, as if you're making a mini calzone. Gently shape into a somewhat round shape, making sure that all the seams are closed
3. Place seam-side down in prepared pan. Repeat with remaining dough, leaving a little space around each bite to allow room to rise
4. Bake at 400 for 16-20 minutes, until golden. With 5 minutes remaining, remove bites from the oven and top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning, if desired. Return to oven for remaining time.