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Pizza Bites

by Marge Perry on February 6, 2016

Pizza Bites

This is how the cool kids do pizza. They don’t microwave frozen stuff or throw tomato sauce and shredded cheddar on English muffins–  but they’re also WAAAY too busy to spend hours making fussy little bites that may be mindlessly devoured or dropped on the rug at the first shout of “Touchdown!”

The cool kids do is get all those real flavors on bite-size pizzas by putting good quality topping ingredients on prepared pizza dough. You can buy the dough at a local pizzeria. (Seriously, just walk in and ask to buy a pound of dough. They’re usually happy to sell it to you for a couple of dollars).

Most grocery stores also sell fresh refrigerated pizza dough– usually in the dairy section, for some reason. All you do is cut the dough in little pieces,  flatten the pieces with the palm of your hand, and add a slice of fresh mozzarella and slivers of your favorite pizza toppings. I put a piece of calamata olive on mine, but you could also use a matchstick or two of pepperoni–  whatever else rings your pizza bell.

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Pizza Bites

1 pound prepared pizza dough

2 tablespoons olive oil

8 ounces fresh mozzarella, cut in thin slices

8 pitted calamata olives, each quartered

8 sun dried tomatoes, each sliced

2 tablespoons grated parmesan

2 tablespoon parsley and/or basil, coarsely chopped

  1. Preheat the oven to 450F. Coat a baking sheet pan with cooking spray.
  2. Cut the dough in 32 pieces and, working on a lightly floured board, press each piece to 1/3- inch thickness. Brush both sides lightly with the olive oil. Top with a slice of mozzarella followed by the olives and sun dried tomato. Sprinkle with the parmesan.
  3. Bake until the cheese is melted and the dough crisp– it will sound hollow when you tap it– about 12 minutes. Sprinkle with the parsley and/or basil and cool slightly before serving.

Makes 32 servings

Nutritional analysis for each serving: 68 calories, 2 g protein, 7 g carbohydrates, 0 fiber, 3 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 58 mg sodium

Want more great, simple Super Bowl recipes?

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Peruvian Chicken Wings

Smashed Potatoes

Bacon Lollipops

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