Easy Pizza Bites

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These easy cheesy pizza bites will blow you away. They are perfect for back-to-school lunches or as an after-school snack. I don’t have a kid, but my hubby (Steve), ate every single one of these. Containing just 4 ingredients, these couldn’t be easier to make. I know how overwhelming lunch-making can be, so I made came up with something that’s appealing and fun for kids but also takes no time at all.

These are ooey gooey, offering all the flavor of pizza but at a fraction of the labor and time a full pizza takes to make. Being bite-size makes them a hit for kids and also as a party appetizer. You can prepare these ahead of time, freeze them, and heat them up in the morning while you’re packing lunches. I have been told that they store beautifully in a thermos after they are heated up, but please let me know in the comments below if you try.

Variations and Substitutions

There are so many ways to personalize these pizza bites, including but not limited to:

  • Try different toppings, in addition to or in place of the pepperoni, such as sliced black olives, thinly sliced bell or sweet peppers, or a small slice of deli ham.
  • Other melty cheeses, such as muenster, swiss, or provolone, are also delicious in addition to or in place of the mozzarella.
  • For a sophisticated twist, swap the pizza sauce for pesto and the pepperoni for a halved cherry tomato.

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Common Questions

Can these be frozen?

Yes, bake the pizza bites, let cool, then freeze on a baking sheet lined in parchment paper. Once fully frozen, transfer to a freezer-safe container or plastic bag and store in the freezer for up to 2 months.

How do I reheat these?

When taking out of the freezer you can reheat them for 10 to 15 minutes in the oven at 325F, or until warm.

Easy Pizza Bites

These are ooey gooey, offering all the flavor of pizza but at a fraction of the labor and time a full pizza takes to make. Being bite-size makes them a hit for kids and also as a party appetizer. You can prepare these ahead of time, freeze them, and heat them up in the morning while you’re packing lunches.
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Servings: 8
Author: The Modern Nonna
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients 

  • One 8 ounce Pillsbury crescent rolls dough
  • avocado oil spray , (optional) to help prevent sticking
  • 8 teaspoons pizza sauce, such as Rao's or any brand you like
  • 8 pieces fresh mozzarella cheese, you can use shredded as well
  • 8 slices pepperoni, you can use turkey pepperoni as well

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 400F.
  • Unroll the Pillsbury dough, pull apart each piece and take each triangle and roll it into a ball. Flatten that dough ball and spray your muffin tin with some avocado spray, if using. If your muffin tin is brand new and non-stick you might not have to spray it at all.
  • I flatten each piece of dough into the muffin tin and make sure to press it down and along the sides so that it looks like a little cup.
  • Place 1 teaspoon of pizza sauce into each cup and top with a piece of mozzarella.
  • Add a slice of pepperoni on top and bake for 15 minutes or until the pizza bites are puffed up and golden. Enjoy!

Notes

Please note that you can use any pizza sauce you like. You can also use pizza dough for this recipe and even a gluten-free pizza dough. If you or child is dairy-free you can absolutely use your favourite dairy-free cheese of choice.
Feel free to add any toppings you enjoy and make these your own. These are just as good for adults as they are for kids, so I recommend them for any gathering, served as an appetizer. You can absolutely freeze these once they have cooled down or make them the night before and just heat them up in the morning.
To freeze, let them cool down completely and freeze them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Once frozen transfer into a freezer bag. I believe wrapping them in foil will also work.
When taking out of the freezer you can reheat them for 10-15 minutes in the oven at 325F or until warm. These will last up to 2 months frozen or up to one week in the fridge. Please leave all your comments below so that you can help out other parents as well.
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I am more commonly known as “The Modern Nonna” on social media where I create easy home cooked meals with a modern twist. I was born and raised in Sofia, Bulgaria and learned how to cook at the best culinary school in the world – my grandma’s kitchen. I lived in Greece on the Island of Crete with my parents for a while and then moved to Toronto, Canada when I was in grade 5. I started to really cook and experiment with food 11 years ago when I was 21 years old. Everything I currently know is a reflection of some part of my life…

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