Party Food! Pizza in a Bite

October 20th, 2008 by katie

Getting together to watch a game? Or maybe watching a different sort of game? Pizza bites are awesome party food.  This recipe makes three trays which means you can pop them in the freezer and always have a quick appetizer on hand. Although, they are usually so popular that you’ll wind up baking all three trays in one night!  When you are planning to make these grab a package of three disposable pie tins from the bakery aisle at the store, they are cheap and they will keep you from having to waste all of your good pie plates in the freezer.

Pizza Bites

makes 48 bites divided into 3 trays, prep 20 min, cook time 20 min, adapted from Recipezaar
  • 2 recipes pizza dough (or 2 cans refrigerated pizza dough)
  • 8 oz block mozzarella cheese
  • 4 oz thin sliced pepperoni
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning (combine oregano, basil, parsley, and garlic)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • pizza or marinara sauce
  1. Prepare pizza dough and roughly chop pepperoni. Cut block of mozzarella into 48 cubes.
  2. If you are going to bake some (or all!) right away preheat oven to 400°F. Grease 3 pie pans.
  3. If using refrigerated pizza dough: roll one dough out into a large rectangle and cut into 24 pieces. Repeat with 2nd pizza dough. If using homemade dough just pinch off walnut sized pieces as you go.
  4. In each dough piece place a couple pieces of chopped pepperoni and a cube of cheese. Seal dough around meat and cheese and place seam side down in pie pan.
  5. Repeat, placing approximately 16 dough balls in each pie plate.
  6. Once assembled, combine oil and spices and brush over the dough. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  7. Now you can cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate or freeze or you can bake right away.
  8. When ready to bake: bake at 400°F for 16-20 min. Serve with warm pizza or marinara sauce.

I used to use the refrigerated pizza doughs for this recipe, but I actually find the homemade dough far easier to work with. I discovered this dough below from Carmen Cooks when I tried her calzone recipe. It is very forgiving and easy to work with. Doubled, it makes the perfect amount of dough for this recipe.  Since then, I use my own dough recipe.

Basic Pizza Dough

makes 1 recipe pizza dough, prep 10 min, rise time 1 hour
  • 1 pkg active dry yeast (or 2 1/4 tsp loose yeast)
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 3/4 cup flour
  1. Combine yeast and warm water, stir to dissolve.
  2. Add oil, salt, and flour. Stir to combine.
  3. Once dough starts to come together, turn out onto a floured counter and knead to thoroughly combine-until dough is smooth and elastic. If it is uncooperative let it rest for a few minutes and come back to it.
  4. Place dough ball in a greased bowl and cover loosely. Allow dough to rise until doubled, approximately an hour.

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103 Responses

  1. Marianne

    These look so delicious! I never made homemade pizza dough, but I will try the recipe you listed.

  2. noble pig

    What an adorable idea! I can see how these would be gobbled up in a minute! Cute idea.

  3. carmen

    YUM these look good! What an adorable appetizer, great for football season! Yes, isn’t the dough great? It’s one of the first yeast doughs I ever worked with and helped me overcome my fear of yeast!

  4. Andy

    My girlfriend just saw that picture and went, “what is that?!” So these are on the docket for this week.

  5. Kay

    Oh boy, this looks so good. Will definitely try them!

  6. Laura

    When you freeze them, how long do you usually have to thaw them before baking?

    You can put them straight in the oven. The bake time will be a little longer so keep an eye on them. -Katie

  7. Jacob

    Have you ever tried putting marinara inside the roll, as well?

    I think that that could be pretty tasty.

    I have not tried but a little probably wouldn’t be too difficult. Good Luck! -Katie

  8. Kelly "javagirl"

    This is SUCH a great idea. I’m totally making these the next time I have one or all three nieces to spend the night. They will LOVE these (and their aunt and uncle will, too!).

    Thanks for the recipes!

  9. Micha

    What a great idea! I’m definitely making these next time we have a crowd – perfect finger food!

  10. sweetbird

    Oh my word am I in love.

  11. Kaye

    This recipe looks yummy – and a fun project for grandparents and grandkids!

  12. the happy gentleman

    that looks great!

  13. asha

    what does 2 1/4 tsp loose yeast mean? is it 2 tsp plus 1/4 tsp?

    Yes, that’s right. The packets of yeast have 2 tsp plus 1/4 tsp in them so you could sub that much loose yeast from a jar. -katie

  14. Custy Child

    asha- Use your brain already.

  15. Erikai

    Custy Child, hopefully you know asha, if not, be nicer. Baking relies on exact measurements, and sometimes folks just aren’t sure…

  16. sassybrat

    in the first pic it looks as tho the little pizzettes were baked on top of marinara… is this so? and if not, have you ever tried this?

    No I haven’t tried that, I think the bottoms might get soggy, but you could try it with one plate and make the other two normally, Good Luck! -katie

  17. bmommy1

    My hubby will love these…perfect for Friday night snackers :)

  18. Foodaholic

    Those look so delicious and cute too!

  19. krissybee14

    Wow, this is so yummy… I have got to try and make this at home.Thanks for the recipe…

  20. Erin

    What a great appetizer idea! I’m sure guests will absolutely gobble them up.

  21. Ree

    These look great! I’d love to try them. Any recommendations for a particular pizza sauce?

  22. Auggie

    sassybrat, i don’t think it’s marinara on the plate but a reddish coaster or a pot holder on which the dish is resting.

  23. KevinP

    My mom makes this but uses some form of Pilsbury bisquits or something for the dough. Which is really good and flaky. It is effortless but probably not as good as the homemade dough. :(

  24. Carrymeblue

    Wow.. I love this idea, and its not great for only parties, but for those.. poor.. college age kids like myself. The ingredients are rather cheap, better then buying those pizza rolls, and instead of having them as the cook suggests, you can make smaller amounts and when your in the mood for pizza. BAM! Just pop in the oven, wait for a little bit, dip them.. which is one thing I really enjoy. Thanks for this idea ^.^; It was really great experimenting with it, for proper proportion size for just a single person like me.

  25. Greg

    Tried it tonight. It was yummy. I wish I had thought to keep the dough a little more on the thin side or add more ‘insides’ to the mini-calzones. Mine ended up more as breadballs with a piece of pepperoni. Contadina sauce is great, as is your favorite alfredo for a second dipping sauce.

  26. Beverly

    These pizza bites are making my mouth water! Doesn’t help that I am hungry!

  27. Tanysia

    Oh now THAT is fantastic.
    I’m on my way out the door for ingredients already…

  28. Rachel

    How cute! I’ve made long pizza rolls, but never little bites! What a great idea!!!

  29. Kham

    Mmm, very cool idea!

  30. SAC

    They were great- used
    fresh pizza dough made a tWhole Foods.
    Another idea would be to include in the center a little pesto and sun dried tomatoes with the mozzarella and omit pepperoni.WHAT DO YOU THINK?

    I think that would be great. The problem with including “wet” ingredients such as pesto or marinara sauce inside the bite is it might make it difficult to seal the dough balls. I would leave it out and then brush the finished tray with pesto before baking. But I am not that adventurous! If you try it let me know. -katie

  31. jayhawksrock

    Outstanding!!! Made them last night and wow!!! Kids loved them. Made too many, and guess what? Seperate and stick in fridge and reheat. Just as good. Thanks for the great idea!!

  32. Ben Wideman

    Wow, looks delicious! I’ll have to try.

  33. Shynea

    This looks so good and it sounds really easy to make. I have bookmarked this tab and I will definitely be making this recipe.

  34. Kevin

    Those would be so good still warm from the oven!

  35. Mattress

    These look so delicious, I am making these ASAP!!!!

  36. Kari

    I’ve discovered my love of homemade pizza and here is my suggestion..Just slice string cheese for the inside? That’s how I make homemade stuffed crust!so easy!

  37. Dirk

    I bet they are like molten lava when they are done. I never have the patience to wait. I always burn the roof of my mouth. Probably worth it though. They look great.

  38. Cher

    A great idea! I make pizza rolls with egg roll wrappers or won ton skins, but this is a good one to know as well. Thanks!

  39. Peter

    Now wouldn’t these be great for movie night?

  40. tellos

    I finally found time to try out that receipe!!! it turned out great!!! I actualy put ham, mozarella and capcicum.

    I followed the receipe for the dough too it’s really nice, but maybe next time I would put one more tsp of salt.

    maybe peperoni make it taste salty but with what I put it wasn’t salty enough….

  41. tellos

    My bad lol,

    I actually put 1/2 tsp of salt by mistake…oups..

  42. Tredwina

    Made these last night… delicious! Did some ham and pineapple as well and it worked great! This is the best pizza dough recipe I’ve ever used.

  43. Deborah Dowd

    This recipe looks awesome, the perfect quick meal in this hectic time leading up to the holidays!!

  44. greyhou

    these look great!
    i tried making them
    they look much better than these,
    but fantastic job with the photographs

  45. The PurpleFoodie

    Oh this looks great! Stumbling right away to add to my list of to-dos! :D

  46. Holly

    These look great and would be very popular in my household. I will put these on my to try list. Thanks!

  47. Heather H

    Ok, I made these things 6 times for various holiday events. Everyone LOVED them. The ration of LOVE to ACTUAL WORK INVOLVED was very high. I recommend these to all. As another tip, for the non-meat eaters, I made some without the pepperoni and used a coil of dough to mark the pan so people would know.

  48. Srivalli

    That really was superb…looks very tempting..

  49. Lam

    Wow pizza in a ball great for having friend over are for on the run.

  50. Kim@ForeverWherever

    These look great! I’m going to try them! I have a Tasty Tuesday blog party…come on by one day! Thanks for the recipe!
    -Kim

  51. Jan

    Looks so yummy! I love it! I will definitely try this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  52. Sandra :)

    These were really easy to make with only a few handy ingredients (I used bags of pizza dough from my local bakery) – they look and taste FANTASTIC – just in time for Superbowl snacking :) Thanks for such a wonderful recipe!

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  54. Robin Sue

    Hi Katie- Just made these and posted about them today with a link to your site. Loved them! This recipe is a keeper and I was so glad to find it. Thanks!

  55. Carrie

    Oh yum!!! These look amazing! They would be perfect for a party.

  56. Peter

    A brilliant recipe. Thanks you.
    Peter

  57. Alisa@Foodista

    delicious! this is another why-didnt-i-think-of-that recipe, but im so glad you shared this!Hope you wont mind but I’d love to guide Foodista readers to your site, just add this little widget here to this post and it’s all set to go, Thanks!

  58. UK Foodie

    These look fantastic, will be trying out the recipe for definate.

  59. Debby Pucci

    I can’t wait to make these!

  60. Vanessa

    My girlfriend and I made a pan of pizza bites and two mini pizzas with the extra dough. Both were absolutely delicious. We’re vegetarians, so we made bites with sharp cheddar cheese and vegetarian bacon, and a few with mushroom, and some jalapeno/cheese. They were a complete hit. Thank you for the recipe! Also, the dough is delicious, both soft and crispy.

  61. Fish Tank Aquariums

    Pizza bites look great, will have to try them.

  62. Tina

    I bet these would also work well with ham and swiss or spinach and cream cheese. I can’t wait to try some different combos of these.

  63. Stephanie

    Those look TASTY! I think I’d try them with marinara sauce.

  64. Elodie

    I’ve made these a few times (even once with the major failure of using baking powder instead of yeast…don’t ask) and they were great every single time! Yes, even that baking powder time, I dunno pizza is magic I guess xD

  65. Caleb Lee

    Made these tonight! Loved them, very very addictive! Mine didn’t look anything like the awesome example but my next batch should be better!

    Thanks for the awesome idea!

  66. Judy

    these look so good – I have to make them soon. I really like everything on your blog (and just added it mine (EasyandTastyFood.com and Chicago Easy Meals Examiner).

  67. live4food

    I loved this post and it inspired me to make them for a party a while ago. For those who wanted to try it with sauce, try the following technique; if you put the sliced meat into the dough and put it into your hand, forming a cup, you can put a bit of cheese and sauce into it then seal. Imortant thing to remember is not to overfill.

    I poshed mine up a bit and added a spicy Capicola instead of pepparoni and I ground Italian seasoning and added it to the dough.

    Veggie version I used a potato peeler to slice zucchini and then gave thema quick pan fry. Used this to form the previously mentioned cup and added cheese, sauce and a mushroom. Feel free to play with the basic recipe and have fun with it.

  68. Kashif

    I have never seen anything like this before and this sure looks yummy !

  69. candy

    Did the pizza hut guys get the idea for the cheezy bites pizza from your blog? I was just curious?

  70. Redberry

    Tried these the other night and they were delicious! Trying another batch tonight but with garlic butter instead of pepperoni, hope it goes well!

  71. Kirsty

    I don’t have a glass pie plate like the one shown in the picture…do you think it would be ok to put them in a regular metal pie tin? Or should I go buy a glass one? Thanks!

    The metal pie tin will work fine. You can buy the packs of three disposable tins at the store which works perfectly for this recipe. -Katie

  72. wine online

    That is a good recipe for pizza dough. It is definitely worth trying.

  73. Tiffane

    These were so good! Made a batch intending to freeze most of them but ended up cooking them all. The family loved them. Thanks!!

  74. Michael Bennett

    Great idea. I will definitely have to make these sometime. I make pizza a lot as it is, but these would be so much fun!

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  76. Zorana

    These look really good. I will definitely try to make it. My bread maker makes really good pizza dough, so this is a really nice idea for something different.

  77. Stefani

    I totally want to make these. I am always making the frozen Pizza Rolls from the store. I would LOVE to make some homemade pizza rolls for the kids.

  78. Melissa

    I am disappoint in the pizza dough recipe. :/ It was not very good. No taste, no texture.

  79. LAVON!

    CAN’T WAIT TO TRY THESE THIS WEEKEND!

  80. Trina

    Once frozen how should I bake them? Do I need to thaw or can I just put them right into oven? Should I preheat the oven?

  81. organic pizza

    yummy i want one right now!

  82. Monica

    These little devils are as sinful as they look!! I used store bought dough and was just fine. Being a Cajun, I needed a little more seasoning after they came out of the oven, and a pinch more (on each bite) of Parmesan. Result = Delish!!

  83. Chelsea

    If i use the pizza dough recipe listed to i double it?

  84. Kelsey

    Tried these last night – turned out very well! We baked them in a homemade pizza sauce so the bites soaked up all the saucy goodness!

  85. caelan

    How long can you leave these in the freezer?

    Probably a couple of months, I wouldn’t know though-we eat them too quickly! -Katie

  86. Stephanie

    I came online looking for a pepperoni pizza bite snack today, and found yours.
    My ten-year-old son and I made them today, and are eating them…. they’re absolutely wonderful!
    I can’t wait to try them with different ingredients… mozz, spinach, basil and tomatoes… spinach and mushrooms…. mmmmm…. so much goodliness!
    (and we had no problems with leaking, texture of this recipe’s crust, or anything else – they’re so delicious!
    Thanks so much!

  87. Debbie

    These are baking in the oven right now. I can’t believe how easy the crust was to make – I used the “quick” method by blending the yeast with the dry ingredients, adding the warm water and then the oil. So simple and it worked so well!! I did mess up though and only made one batch of dough so I have one pie plate and a half dozen or so in a smaller round baking dish in the oven. Anxious to have these for a late but special lunch with sliced cucumbers and sugar snap peas.

  88. Dennis

    “F” that recipe, she said you could use store bought dough, then said cut into 24 pieces per roll but never said what size to cut the pieces into. So guess what happens when they are cut to the wrong size??? That’s right you have to start over, but you can’t because the Pillsbury Pizza Dough is so cheap it won’t roll back flat again. So I’m glad that your picture perfect rolls worked so well for you. But if you don’t know what size to cut the dough into and the cheese in It’s going to be a waste of time. I wasted about an hour on this Shizzz! And guess what NO pizza puffs just Domino’s Pizza tonight. This Recipe sucks!

  89. Jen

    These are awesome!! My version is a little different but your blog has great inspiration!! Maube you can check out my recipe blog? Keep up the great work!!

  90. Lisa

    Wow Dennis … don’t be a hater. Try it again – maybe with a different dough?

    I bought pre-made pizza crust dough at my grocery. (ours is bagged and frozen/thawed near the deli)

    Recipe turned out GREAT! So well that we just went out and bought the ingredients to triple this recipe! Some for us for the freezer and some for an upcoming party.

    Give it another go.

  91. Sharon

    If you, like Dennis, can’t figure out how to cut your large rectangle of dough into 24 pieces, just try some simple math. Cut the rectangle in half, then the 2 sections in half again, then halve each resulting section one more time, giving you 8 rectangles. Then divide each of these in thirds and you will end up with 24. I would use the same method with the block of cheese.
    I can’t wait to try these!

  92. Julie McColley

    I made these using Grands…
    http://diapersaweigh.blogspot.com/2012/03/pizza-bites.html

  93. Ken

    I used chorizo, queso blanco and salsa for a Cinco de Mayo party… Turned out to be a big hit.

  94. Aaron

    These are amazing… I do agree that the directions are a little vague on the sizing of the dough but a little trial and error got it figured out, the first ones I did we’re too thick and while they still tasted fine, took a lot longer to bake. The second ones were too thin and I knew it before I even baked them (the cheese broke through but it left a nice baked cheese base on them which was awesome too!). Finally, just like baby bear, I got them just right. Made enough out of a double dough recipe to freeze 2 dozen unbanked bites, and made 24 to eat right away and still ended up with a little dough left over (threw it in the fridge to make a pizza with later this week). Great recipe!!

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