This homemade pizza recipe comes in little bite-size pieces; A pizza recipe for bread filled with pepperoni and cheese. Homemade pizza recipe.
I’ve been trying to reduce my intake of carbs. No white bread, I said. No cheese, I said.
Aaaaand then I went and made this.
My BFF saw my picture on Instagram and asked me why I was making bread. As if I had an answer. “Torture!” she said. “No doubt,” said I.
I’m kind of a sucker for cheesy bread, especially when it involves garlic. Garlic might be my kryptonite. Who can resist something like that? When the cheese is all stringy and you can pull it for miles before it breaks? It’s completely irresistible. Admit it.
The other inexplicable thing about my making these pizza bites was my timing. Normally we’re an eat-dinner-late kind of family, but Robb came home early, and needed to leave again, and I figured we had better get while the gettin’ was good. So the pizza bites came out of the oven about the same time the veggies went onto the stove. The kids thought the pizza bites were dinner.
I’ll tell you the truth… I’m not a big fan of making bread. All the kneading and waiting for it to rise and hoping your yeast is still good is just too much for me.
But I will do it on occasion when the recipe is right. And folks, this recipe is RIGHT. Very little waiting is involved, and I let my stand mixer do all the kneading for me. It was awesome.
Putting these little pouches of pizza goodness together was pretty easy too. I rolled out the dough, and cut 3-inch circles. Each circle got some of these cute-as-a-button mini pepperonis and a chunk of string cheese. Pinch them together and place them pinched side down in your cake pan or pie plate. Bake. Enjoy.
Wish I could say the same for this diet.
- 1½ cups warm water
- 2 T. sugar
- 1 T. yeast
- 1 tsp. salt
- 3½ cups flour + more for rolling
- olive oil or butter
- Italian seasoning
- garlic salt
- mini pepperoni
- 6-7 sticks of string cheese, quartered
- Combine warm water with sugar and yeast. Let sit 5 minutes.
- Add salt and flour, mix well. Knead until dough is smooth. Let sit 10 minutes.
- Roll out dough on a well-floured surface, into a circle about 18 inches in diameter.
- Cut 3-inch circles. Place 5 or 6 mini pepperonis and a piece of cheese in each circle. Close dough around cheese and pepperoni, and pinch the ends together to seal.
- Place pinched side down in a 9-inch cake pan or pie plate, placing pieces close together to fill the pan. You should get 24-26 pieces in one pan.
- Brush tops with either olive oil or butter, and sprinkle with Italian seasoning and garlic salt.
- Let rise a few more minutes while you preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Bake for 15 minutes. Serve immediately.
- If there is any dough left over, you can roll it, cut it into strips, brush with garlic butter, and bake for 12-15 minutes to have fun homemade garlic sticks.