Kids love little food. There’s just something extra appealing about grab ‘n go tidbits that fit right in their smaller hands. This would be part of the appeal of those pizza rolls you can buy at the store. Familiar flavors and a pint-size package? What’s not to like?
Well… for me? The price tag and ingredient list. But no worries! Little tiny pizza bites are a cinch to whip up right at home. Less than ten minutes of hands-on time and less than a half-hour total time and you’re good to go. Ready?
- 1/2 cup very warm water
- 1/2 tablespoon (that’s 1 1/2 teaspoons) yeast — whatever type you have is fine
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 tablespoon oil
- 1 1/2 – 1 3/4 cups flour
- 1/4 cup pizza sauce
- 1/2 cup shredded mozz cheese
Dump water in a large bowl and sprinkle yeast and sugar over the surface. Give it a couple minutes to get a little foamy. Add salt, oil, and 1 cup of the flour. Stir to form sticky dough. Gradually add in additional flour until a firm ball of dough forms. Knead for just a minute. Place in oiled bowl (you can use the same one you mixed in), cover with tea towel, and let sit for ten minutes or so in a warm spot.
Grease mini muffin tin. Punch dough ball and remove from bowl. At this point, you’re going to separate it into 24 tiny pieces. The easiest way I’ve found to do this is as follows: 1) divide in half, 2) divide each half into two pieces, 3) divide each of the now four pieces in half once again, 4) each of the eight pieces should now be split into thirds. Put a tiny blob of dough (you should have 24, remember!) into each muffin cup. Gently push down to form a little bitty crust. Don’t get too persnickety here– it’ll work out.
Using a teaspoon (the kind you eat with), drop a tiny bit of sauce on the top of each. Add a pinch of shredded cheese. (You can add any other toppings you’d like, but be sure they’re chopped quite fine.) Bake in 400 degree oven for 6-8 minutes.
Yield: 24 mini pizza bites