Saturday, March 30, 2013

Cheesy Garlic Pizza Bites

I saw this recipe awhile ago and saved it because it looked like the perfect last minute dinner!  I love all the recipes at Mommy Hates Cooking so I was sure that I was going to love this one as well!!  I was planning on making some oven fried zucchini, tater tots, sweet potato fries, chicken crescent rolls and some other snack type foods so that we could sit down and watch a movie and eat our neat snacks.  The plan didn't work out that way because we didn't get to start dinner early enough and we were all kind of full from a busy day of snacking but I really hope to do it next time!!

I got out everything that I needed to make the cheesy garlic pizza bites per the recipe.

I started with the biscuit mix because I knew that I didn't have a lot left and I was thinking that I might have to cut the recipe in half but I had just enough to make the recipe so it was fate!!  I love my homemade biscuit mix so much because it makes the biscuits so light and fluffy but it takes powdered milk and that isn't something that I normally keep at home so I am going to have to try another recipe soon to see if it will be as good as my previous recipe.

Then, I started cutting the pepperoni into really small pieces.  I cut them in quarters and then three or four times more to make them really little because I figured that it would spread the flavor out more through the biscuits.

The original recipe called for Colby Jack cheese but we didn't have any so we went with the cheddar cheese because we had lots of that from the previous sale at Harris Teeter where I stocked up.

I added the cheese and pepperoni to the bowl with the baking mix and a stroke of inspiration struck!  I just cooked some sausage that morning which was still in the refrigerator.  I added a 1/4 of pepperoni and 1/4 of sausage to the biscuit mix.  Then, I added the water and mixed it all together.  I love cooking large amounts of sausage and throwing it in the freezer because it perfect for these type of recipes where you wouldn't normally add it because it is too much hassle to cook it first but when you do all the work upfront, you just pull a little bit out of the freezer and you are good to go!!

When it was mixed,  it made a nice dough which wasn't too watery or too thick.  Normally, I need to add a little more biscuit mix or water because it never turns out so perfectly but this was great.  It all came together in a big ball.

I measured the butter into the measuring cup and melted it in the microwave (so happy to have a microwave and not have to do it on the stove).  I know that sounds super lazy but it is really much nicer to throw the container in the dishwasher and not have another pot to wash!!

I measured out the spices to add to the butter mixture.

I spooned the dough into small balls on the greased cookie sheet.  Then I coated the top of the biscuits with a little of the seasoned butter with a small pastry brush.

I baked them for a little over 15 minutes until they were browned.  When I took them out, I brushed the top with some more of the butter mixture.

I put them all on a serving plate and we sat down to dip them in some yummy sausage sauce that was leftover from dinner the other night!!!  Perfect use for the leftover sauce instead of opening a new one :)

Check them out up close!  Doesn't it make you want to taste them??  They were light and fluffy and super flavorful.  I wanted to eat them all so quickly but I tried to take my time and share with everyone else.  They made lots of extra and I was thinking about freezing them so that we could enjoy them at another time as a snack or lunch. 

These would be great for a snack or a meal and super easy to pull together.  I wish that I had more biscuit mix because I would make some and freeze them for later.  They would be perfect for a batch of freezer cooking.  I hope that you check out the original recipe and try some yourself!!

Cheesy Garlic Pizza Bites

 Pizza Bites:
·                         4 Cups Regular Baking Mix or Gluten Free Baking Mix (see link in post)
·                         1/2 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
·                         1/2 Cup Pepperoni (cut into small size pieces) and 1/2 cup ground sausage
·                         1 1/3 Cup Water
·                         1/2 Cup Melted Butter
·                         1 Tsp Garlic Powder
·                         1/4 Tsp Salt
·                         1/8 Tsp Onion Powder
·                         1/8 Tsp Dried Parsley
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a mixing bowl, combine the baking mix, cheese, pepperoni, and water. Mix this well until the dough has formed.
Spray a baking sheet with non stick spray. Then, drop tablespoonfuls of dough onto the greased pan about 2 inches apart.

Combine all glaze ingredients. Brush with butter topping on the biscuits.

Bake these in the oven for 15-20 minutes (based on size).
Note- If you are doing gluten free, these take about 20 minutes to bake, check to be sure they are done inside by using a toothpick and testing to see if any dough comes out on the toothpick.
As soon as they come out of the oven, top each one with a small amount of butter glaze.
Serve with pizza sauce for dipping.

1 comment:

  1. Your recipe looks really yummy! Thanks for sharing on The Creative HomeAcre Hop!


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