Saturday, February 4, 2012

Stuffed Pizza Bites

Puffs of tender dough filled with cheese and pepperoni, and served with a side of homemade spicy Rotel marinara sauce, are perfect little bites for entertaining or just for snacking.

Stuffed Pizza Bites

QVC host David Venable was noshing on some little stuffed pizza bites during a recent Sunday In the Kitchen with David show in late January. The show was centered around appliances and tools for making recipes that were football centric for the Super Bowl. I already have a terrific sausage bread that can be varied to make pizza bread, but those little bites just looked so darned good that I knew I had to make them. Of course, as always, I took quite a few liberties with his recipe, but David was certainly the inspiration behind these little bite sized jewels pictured here.

The first part of the year is always my "work my way through the freezer" time, where I try to use up what is in the big stand-alone freezer, before hitting sales and stocking up again. After seeing that show, I remembered that I had some Rhodes dinner rolls that I had purchased with the intention of making something that I've now long forgotten what. In fact, I also had shredded mozzarella and pepperoni in the freezer, and everything else is a pantry staple for me, so I didn't even have to go to the store to bring you this one. Gotta love that!

I had the best intentions of bringing this treat to you far enough in advance that you could get the ingredients to make these for your Super Bowl party, but as often happens I fell behind. These are so stinkin' good that I really have to insist you try them, if not now, then very soon. I really think that you will love them and they'd be just as good for movie night as they would for a party.

Here's how to make them.

Thaw 12 frozen rolls like Rhodes bread rolls, in a 9-inch cake pan according to package directions and allow to double in size. When ready, prepare the marinara sauce and hold it over low heat when finished. You can of course, also use a commercial sauce, but the kick from the Rotel in my sauce pairs so well with these bites that I hope you'll try it. It is really super easy to make and no fuss. While that is cooking, preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Generously spray two 12-cup muffin pans with non-stick cooking spray.

Once thawed, turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and roll into a rectangle - roughly about 9 by 13 inches in size. You may also substitute homemade bread or pizza dough of course, refrigerated commercial pizza crust, or even biscuits.


Use a pizza cutter to cut into 24 somewhat square shaped pieces. Don't worry ... they don't have to be perfect because we're gonna stretch it over the filling anyway to make little packets.


Place a couple tablespoons of water in a small bowl to use for sealing the dough. Add a pinch of Mozzarella in the center of each dough square.


Top with one slice of pepperoni. I used turkey pepperoni here because that's what I had in the freezer.


Pull one corner over the filling and dab the tip of it with water. Pull the other corner over that and repeat with the remaining corners, stretching the dough over to form a packet and sealing with the water as needed. Sorry I didn't get you that step by step.


Pinch together any seams and place into the muffin tin, seam side down. Repeat with each square. Bake at 400 degrees F for 15 to 18 minutes, or until golden brown.


While they are baking, combine the melted butter with the olive oil, Italian seasoning, dried parsley, garlic powder and Creole seasoning. Remove rolls from the oven and brush immediately with the butter and olive oil mixture.


Quickly sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese.


Work quickly while they are hot so that it sort of adheres to the roll.


Place marinara sauce in a dipping bowl on a platter surrounded by the pizza bites. These are good at room temperature, but they are amazingly delicious served hot, right out of the oven with the warm marinara.

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Recipe: Stuffed Pizza Bites

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 15 min |Cook time: 15 min | Yield: 24 pieces

Ingredients
  • 12 frozen dinner rolls (like Rhodes), thawed
  • 2 cups of marinara sauce, commercial or homemade
  • 1/2 cup of shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 24 slices of turkey or regular pepperoni
  • 1 tablespoon of butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon each Italian seasoning, dried parsley and garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of big flake Creole seasoning (like Zatarain's Big & Zesty) or 1/4 teaspoon of a fine ground Cajun or Creole seasoning (like Slap Ya Mama), or to taste, optional
  • 3 tablespoons of finely shredded Parmesan cheese
Instructions

Thaw rolls in a 9-inch cake pan according to package directions and allow to double in size. When ready, prepare the marinara sauce; hold over low heat when finished. While that is cooking, preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Generously spray two 12-cup muffin pans with non-stick cooking spray.

Once thawed, turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and roll into a rectangle roughly 9 by 13 inches in size. Use a pizza cutter to cut into 24 squares. Place a couple tablespoons of water in a small bowl to use for sealing the dough. Add a pinch of Mozzarella in the center of each dough square and top with one slice of pepperoni. Pull one corner over the filling and dab the point with water. Pull the other corner over that and repeat with remaining corners, stretching the dough over to form a packet and sealing with the water as needed. Pinch together any seams and place into the muffin tin, seam side down. Repeat with each square.

Bake at 400 degrees F for 15 to 18 minutes, or until golden brown. While they are baking, combine the melted butter with the olive oil, Italian seasoning, dried parsley, garlic powder and Creole seasoning.

Remove rolls from the oven, brush immediately with the butter and olive oil mixture and quickly sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese. Place marinara sauce in a dipping bowl on a platter surrounded by the pizza bites. Good at room temperature but especially good served hot right out of the oven with the warm marinara.

Cook's Notes: I used the Hunt's 8-ounce tomato sauce with basil, garlic and oregano in my marinara sauce. Can also substitute pizza sauce if you like. For the rolls, you may substitute one loaf of frozen bread dough, thawed, 1 (13-7/8 ounce) can of refrigerated prepared pizza dough (like Pillsbury) or 3 (8 count) cans of biscuits, rolled to flatten. If you thaw the rolls individually on a large baking sheet, you may also simply flatten them individually, rather than gather them into a ball and roll out in a rectangle.

Pull Apart Bread Version: Thaw the rolls (or substitute biscuits) enough to make them pliable but not enough for them to rise. Spray a bundt pan with non-stick spray or butter thoroughly. Prepare the bundles as above, except roll them in the melted butter and olive oil mixture. Layer into the bundt pan, sprinkling the Parmesan cheese between layers. Set aside in a warm place, cover loosely with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap that has been sprayed with non-stick spray, and let rise until rolls have doubled. Bake in a preheated 350 degree F oven for about 30 to 35 minutes or until rolls are lightly browned and cooked through. Check at 20 minutes and loosely tent with foil to prevent overbrowning. Turn out onto a serving platter and serve with marinara or pizza sauce.

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14 comments:

  1. Our mouths just watered from simply looking at the photos. We've canned marinara sauce a couple of days ago so we'll be able to make this recipe in a while. Thanks for this luscious idea. :)

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  2. These babies look super good Mary. We don't think to use premade bread products to create little goodies like this.

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  3. I like pizza so I might try to get some of these pizza bites

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  4. These look amazing! But what on your site doesn't? I might have to try to make these for the Super Bowl today. :)

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  5. These look good but I have stopped buying any kind of bread. Wonder how these would taste with fresh dough?

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  6. These really were good - I may stuff then a little more next round to be honest, but the herb butter and olive oil with Parmesan & the combo of the sauce just made these over the top. Hope y'all try it!

    Deana, nothing but even better with fresh dough!!

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  7. These are great for casual parties with friends. My daughter is having her friends over this weekend, this would be perfect and they love pizza!

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  8. These look really delicious. I don't think I could stop eating them once I started!

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  9. These look ridiculously good, Mary. A perfect use for that new (to me) Rotel tomato sauce. I saw it in the store last week and picked up a few cans.

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  10. just asking, what couldn't you just roll or flatten out each thawed dinner roll to say a 6"-8" circle place in the muffin pan fill with goodies and bring in the edges to seal, then flip upside in pan so seal is on the bottom and bake.

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    1. You certainly could Steven! It's really just a matter of having the room, so be sure to allow for expansion where they don't touch each other as they thaw and rise. For me it's just easier to thaw them all together in a cake pan, then knead them together and roll out. Either way will work of course!

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  11. Idea! Why couldn't you roll out or flatten each individual thawed dinner roll, say to about 6-7" and place in the muffin cup, forming it to the pan ,fill with goodies, then fold over the edges to seal,turn them seam side down in the pan and bake. Seams to me you might be able to get more good stuff in-em this way. I'm going to try it both ways.

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  12. Can these be made ahead of time and either refrigerated or frozen before baking?? Thank you for your help. Can't wait to try these.

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    1. I have not prepared these ahead for freezing so I can't personally attest to the results, but you should be able to freeze them as you would a homemade roll. If you're willing to try, I'd suggest preparing them all the way up to baking, then flash freezing them on a parchment covered pan before bagging them for storage. Drop into greased muffin tins and allow to thaw overnight in the fridge, then bake. Let us know if you give it a try and what your results are!

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