I’m sharing a little pizza my heart with you guys today……….and apparently it comes with some added corn too, haha. It’s a package deal.
Yeah, I’ve been very punny recently and I blame it on some of my good friends who I’m beginning to think only think and speak in puns. It’s catchy, to say the least, and my whole family has become like this non-stop reel of cheesy comebacks to every statement. It’s on the border of becoming annoying. Borderline.
So I saw this awesome post on Food52 about childhood favorite snacks the other day and it was such a blast from the past. You know what though, I realized that one of the things on the list was very similar to something that I’ve been making all the time recently, pizza bites! They are always a favorite snack recipe for my hungry gang of peoples, and yes, they are pretty much the same idea as pizza bagels. Did you not love those growing up? From what I remember they were one of those things that my mom rarely, if ever, bought because we all know that they’re trash. I think I ate them at friends houses sometimes though, or traded lunches at school for some.
The great news is that when you make them at home it’s a different story altogether. I mean, they still aren’t exactly health food but at least you can control what’s going into them. I’ve even managed to camoflouge some vegetables in these on occasion, but I’ll keep it simple today.
For those of you who didn’t catch my last post, I did the catering for a friends casual wedding party/ reception last weekend and I’m very happy to report that my first wedding cake ever didn’t crash in front of the crowd! But oh how I stressed and lost sleep over it. It was a great party, and as I told you guys yesterday, I’m sharing some of the recipes that I made for it starting with these little yummies.
These were probably the biggest hit of everything I made so I thought I’d share them first. They are really easy to make, which I think is part of their charm. I seriously can’t crank these out fast enough at home because the kids can put them away so fast. I guess that’s the point of making entire pizzas instead, but these are just way more fun and definitely better for serving at a party. They’re also the perfect tailgating snack for the guys.
I also made them in taco and bbq chicken flavor and those are just as easy, but like I said, I really wanted to keep it simple today so I’ll save those for another time. You really need these in your life!
Mini Cheese Pizza Bagel Swirl Bites (vegan)
Whole cheese pizzas are great and all, but what about bite size, totally snackable pizzas???
- 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
- 2 talespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 1/4 cups water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups your favorite pizza sauce
- 8 ounces vegan mozzarella style shredded cheese
- 1/4 fresh basil leaves roughly chopped
Stir water, sugar, salt, and yeast together until yeast is dissolved and allow to sit for about 5 minutes. Pour into a large mixing bowl and whisk in oil until combined. Add flour and mix until dough comes together. Turn out onto lightly floured surface and knead for a few minutes. Place in oiled bowl and cover, then place in warm place to rise until doubled in size.
Heat oven to 375 degrees F (190 C) and line a tray with parchment or silicone mats. Divide dough in half and roll out one half on a lightly floured surface into a rectangle, roughly 1/4 inch thick.
Spread half of the pizza sauce and sprinkle half of the cheese and basil on top.
Roll dough, starting from a long edge, into a log shape and use a sharp knife to slice into spirals about 3/4 inch thick (you can adjust the size to your needs). Place them about 1 inch apart on tray and bake for 12 to 18 minutes until edges are golden and cheese starts to brown.
Allow them to cool for a moment then remove from tray and serve warm!