I have the pickiest eater. No, not my two year old. Not my nine month old. MY HUSBAND. I am constantly try to impress him with the cooking that has impressed many people in my life. Nothing seems to please him unless it comes from a box. I do not want all of our meals coming from a box. Finally, he started making his own dough, and that really opened the door for me. Baby steps. We are taking baby steps. I get tired of eating my own meals, so I get excited when I can make something he likes, without having to pull it out of the freezer or a box. I always make everything “normal” the first time around. I clean eat (though I started slipping a lot over the holidays). The second time I make something for him, I attempt to make it clean in hopes we can sit down together eating the same thing sometimes. This week, I made him some pizza bites. I tweaked the recipe he used for his dough and made it my own.
I will begin by saying, I used the Kitchen Aid stand mixer. I received one for Christmas, and it is amazing. You can make the dough for this recipe without it. I have made dough a million times without a mixer. This recipe does require a muffin pan, large or small. I use a non stick pan. If you don’t have a non stick muffin pan, make sure to coat the tin with cooking spray. This recipe doesn’t require much, and anyone can master this!
First, you will get the dough started. You will need to mix yeast and sugar into warm water. I like to fill my measuring cup to the one cup mark, then add one tablespoon of yeast and sugar before stirring well. Then I let the mixture sit until the yeast reacts to the sugar. Usually, I add my other ingredients for the pizza dough to the bowl, and get out my toppings and sauce. This gives the yeast some time to get ready. When I make my own pizza sauce (clean sauce recipe in the works) I start that at this time since it only takes a couple minutes. This time, since it was my first try, I just used store bought sauce. After I put my remaining ingredients for the dough in the bowl, I gathered my toppings, and the yeast mixture was ready to pour in. I turned my Kitchen Aid stand mixer to the “stir mode” until the ingredients were well mixed, then bumped it up to the next setting and let it go until it made itself into a ball shape. Those stirring by hand, stir until you can work with it, and add a little flour if it is sticky. Measuring carefully will help get the dough just right. I got the counter lightly floured and ready for the dough, and preheated the oven for 450 degrees.
At this point, I like to split the dough into two for easier flattening. I use a rolling pin to get the dough nice and flat. The thinner you roll it, the thinner your crust will be. So this is something you can tinker with until you figure out what you like. I use a cup or small bowl to get perfect circles out of the dough. Making sure you have a well floured area is very important to keep that circular shape when removing the dough cut outs.
I remove my circles and roll out the dough again to use the remainder to fill my 12 spaces in my muffin pan. There is enough for at least 24 pizza bites (one pizza) with this dough recipe. If you roll it extra thin, you can make more.
The dough is cut and placed in the cups of the muffin tin, and now you are ready to fill them. I use one teaspoon of sauce (you can use as much as you would like). I found that using more can cause the sauce to erupt out of the side while you are eating. Then I cut one tablespoon of cream cheese into small cubes. About two or three cubes per pizza bite. I like just using cheese, but you can do any topping. The hubby likes turkey pepperoni, so I add that after the cream cheese.
Now that the pizza bites are filled, we can sprinkle them with cheese. My husband likes extra turkey pepperoni, so I added a pepperoni to the top of each pizza bite. By this time, the oven is preheated, and you can toss them in. I bake for 10-15 minutes. The time varies by the thickness of the dough. You want a golden color to the crust, so if they are not done at ten minutes, set the timer for 5 more, and watch it.
They pop right out of the muffin tin and are ready to eat very quickly. My two year old LOVES these. He is always so busy, it is hard to get him to settle down to eat, but he was begging for more of Mommy’s Not So Famous, But Delicious Pizza Bites. Let me know how yours turned out! What toppings did you try? What did you do differently?
- 1 Cup Warm water
- 1 Tablespoon Yeast
- 1 Tablespoon Sugar
- 2 1/2 Cups Flour
- 1 Teaspoon Salt
- 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- 1/2 Cup Pizza Sauce
- 1 Tablespoon Cream Cheese
- 1 Cup Cheese
- 24-48 Pepperonis (based on preference)
- Toppings are versatile
- 1 C Warm Water
- 1 T Yeast
- 2 T Honey (Raw is best)
- 2 1/2-3 C 100% Whole Wheat Flour
- 1/4 t Kosher Salt
- If you like cream cheese pizza with pineapple and Canadian bacon, this would be an excellent recipe to use for that. If you want more cream cheese, it is also delicious doubling up on the cream cheese, though it adds more fat and calories. Sprinkling with parmesan cheese makes it AMAZING!