Pizza Bites

by Melissa on October 3, 2011

We celebrated my daughter’s 4th birthday this past weekend, and although I have a backlog of recipes to post, I had to share these delicious pizza bites that I made with you! I chose to make these for a couple of reasons, the first being that I have seen them on several of my favorite blogs with everyone raving about how good they are. The second is that they are also very easy to make, and can be made ahead of time, which is a must when having a party!

Small balls of pizza dough are filled with pepperoni, or in my case pepperoni and sausage, and mozzarella and baked until golden brown. Then you dip them in warm marinara sauce or ranch dressing (I know I am not the only one that does this!). I made two pans of these for the party, and probably should have made three, they were gone in no time! Like I said, I made traditional pepperoni, and a batch of sausage for my weird little girl who loves sausage, but you could really make these with any filling that you like!

Pizza Bites

  • Pizza dough, your favorite homemade recipe or store-bought, enough for 1 pizza
  • 4 oz. mozzarella cheese, cubed (about 20-24 pieces)
  • Sliced pepperoni, or crumbled cooked sausage, or whatever other filling you like!
  • Olive oil
  • Italian seasoning
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • Warm marinara sauce, or ranch dressing for dipping

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: Annie’s Eats, who adapted the recipe from Chaos in the Kitchen.

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Nikki @Pennies on a Platter October 3, 2011 at 4:28 pm

These truly ARE delicious! Just made them again yesterday, but in a bundt pan so it presented like monkey bread. Found the idea on Confections of a Foodie Bride and will probably make them this way for now on. I’ll have to try the sausage filling, too! :)

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Melissa October 11, 2011 at 3:05 pm

I saw that same recipe and definitely want to try it!

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Nic@diningwithastud October 3, 2011 at 7:43 pm

Love these! We have somethign similar called pizza pockets but the homemade ones look MUCH better :)

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Melissa October 11, 2011 at 3:06 pm

And they are so easy to make!

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Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) October 4, 2011 at 12:06 am

I can imagine those went very fast at the birthday party!

Happy belated to your daughter :-)

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Melissa October 11, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Thank you! And yes, I am pretty sure they were the first thing gone!

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Raven October 7, 2011 at 3:52 am

Can’t wait to make one for myself.. Thanks for sharing the recipe.. I really love pizzas!

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Melissa October 11, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Me too, definitely one of my favorite foods!

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Kerstin October 8, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Happy belated bday to your daughter! Looks like the perfect treat to celebrate :)

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Melissa October 11, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Thanks Kerstin! She had a great day. :)

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Erica C October 19, 2011 at 5:55 pm

I just made these for dinner tonight. OMG!!! We had spaghetti squash with these as a side…. I was thinking we’d have leftovers for an easy lunch this week….. there were none leftover!! Soooooo good!!

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meg February 12, 2013 at 2:20 am

just curious…think this recipe would work if marinara sauce was cooked inside the pizza bite?

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Melissa March 6, 2013 at 10:59 am

Probably! It might be hard to get a good seal when you are assembling them though.

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