Pizza Pocket Bites

This might come off as a little cheesy, but we LOVE pizza! Of course we love all different kinds, but our favorite type isn’t a flavor or a topping… It’s a size! Pizza Pocket Bites are perfect for big + little hands to grab. We love it because it’s so easy to share with our tiny tasters. And since this month is Pizza Month, we want to share our extra special super yummy recipe with you and your tot!

    Ingredients:

  • 2 (6 ½ ounce) boxes pizza-crust mix
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped oregano
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ each small red, yellow, and green bell pepper, roughly sliced
  • 1/4 small yellow pepper, roughly sliced
  • 1 3/4 ounces pepperoni, roughly chopped (for vegetarian options, remove or replace with any yummy veggie)
  • 1 cup grated Cheddar cheese or mozzarella cheese
      Directions:

    1. Preheat the oven to 425ºF.
    2. Put the pizza base dough in a bowl with the oregano, add the required amount of warm water according to the packet instructions and mix thoroughly to form a smooth dough.
    3. Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead it until it is smooth. Heat the oil in a heavy-based frying pan and cook the peppers over a moderate heat for 4–5 minutes until soft, then add the pepperoni and cook for a further 1 minute.
    4. Divide the dough into 8 pieces and make a well in the centre of each. Divide the peppers and pepperoni between the dough pieces and very roughly knead them into the dough, then shape the dough pieces into rough balls and place them on a baking sheet. Cover the balls with a damp cloth and leave them to prove for 30 minutes, or until they have roughly doubled in size.
    5. Sprinkle the balls with the Cheddar and bake them for 20 minutes until they are golden and cooked through – when they’re cooked, the base of each pizza bite should sound hollow when you tap it. Serve the pizza bites while they are still warm.

For a little more quality cooking time, your toddler can help you kneed the veggies into the dough pieces and roll them into balls – Great foody play that helps get the job done! Happy cooking, and extra happy munching!

Pizza Pocket Bites