Easy Pizza Bites with pepperoni, sweet peppers, mushrooms, green onions and mozzarella cheese. Perfect appetizers for game day.
Looking for a bite size appetizer for the big game day coming up? If you are these Pizza Bites are going to be perfect for that day. I started with my favorite pizza dough, added marinara sauce, pepperoni, sweet peppers, mushrooms, green onions and mozzarella cheese. Anything can go in these, as long as you can roll it, then it will work. Some other choices would be Italian sausage, ham, pineapple or about anything you can put on a pizza.
You bake these Easy Pizza Bites in a mini muffin tin so they really are 2 -3 bite size. It is so easy to make your own pizza dough from scratch and it is a great way to start out baking yeast breads especially if they intimidate you. All it takes is flour, salt, yeast, water and a little oil. Easy Peasy! You can even buy already made pizza dough at the grocery store if you don’t have time to make your own. 1 bag of store bought pizza dough should make about 16 – 20 pizza bites.
When you see yeast in the grocery store does it confuse you about which one to use? I use Fleischmann’s Yeast and have for years because I know when I buy it I can count on it to work every time. I am a big bread baker so I usually but it in bulk and keep it in the freezer. Let’s talk about yeast for a few minutes. Fleischmann’s Yeast has several kinds of yeast that might work better for you depending on what you are making.
RapidRise® Yeast – only requires one rise, doesn’t need to be proofed.
Active Dry Yeast – this is the one I usually use. It is easily dissolved in warm water, very stable and the original dry yeast.
Pizza Crust Yeast – I tried this for the first time a few months ago and love this product for pizzas. You don’t need to wait for it rise, rolls out easily.
Bread Machine Yeast – made especially for bread machines, no need to hydrate the yeast, requires one rise.
Fresh Active Yeast- the original cake yeast, availability is limited, has a short shelf life. This is what I learned to bake with.
To store yeast keep it in a cool, dry place. Shelf life is about 3 – 4 months.
- !Pizza Dough
- 1 .1/2 cups water
- 3 1/2 - 4 cups flour
- 1 package Fleischmann's Yeast
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 sweet peppers
- 4 green onions
- 4 oz. mushrooms
- 1 package mozzarella cheese
- Add the yeast, sugar and 1/4 cup warm water to a small bowl. Let set 5 minutes until yeast gets bubbly.
- Add the flour, salt, olive oil, water and yeast to a mixing bowl fitted with a dough hook. Mix until the dough comes together and then beat the dough with the dough hook for about 5 minutes. Remove dough to a oiled bowl and let rise until doubled.
- You can also do this dough in a food processor. Add all of the ingredients and pulse until the dough comes together and forms a ball. Remove dough to a oiled bowl and let rise until doubled.
- Divide the dough in half. Roll out the dough into a 5 x 12 inch rectangle. Top with the marinara sauce and then the rest of the topping ingredients. Roll the dough lengthwise tightly into a roll.
- Cut the dough into just over 1/2 inch pieces. Put the rolls in a greased mini muffin tin. Cover and let raise until almost doubled, about 15 minutes.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 15 - 18 minutes.