Mini Stuffed Pizza Balls
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3 Pizza Serving per person
- 1 (14 ounce) can refrigerated pizza dough
- 1 1⁄2 cups pizza toppings (this may include a mix of pepperoni, onion, green pepper, ham ... anything you like. All chopped fin)
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese, grated
- 1 1⁄2 cups pizza sauce, for dipping (I prefer a good marinara sauce)
- 1⁄2 cup parmesan cheese, for the topping
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1⁄2 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
- Prepare all your fillings -- I just make sure everything is diced fine.
- Pizza -- On a floured counter top or you can use corn meal roll out the dough in a large rectangle, about 12"x10". Then cut in 24 squares. Top each square with some of the filling and some of the cheese and then just pick up each square and enclose the dough around the filling and roll lightly into a ball.
- Baking -- place the pizza balls seam side down in a pie dish sprayed well with pam. Don't worry about them being right next to one another. When they are finished, you can pull them about like "cinnimon rolls." I think I got 12 in each pie plate.
- Topping -- Mix the olive oil with the garlic and dried seasoning and brush over the pizza balls and then top with a light dusting of the parmesan cheese.
- Bake -- 15-20 minutes at 400 degrees. I just follow the directions for my pizza dough, usually 4,00 for about 15-20 minutes.
- They will be golden brown, crusty and just serve with marinara. They are small bite size tear away pizza balls which are just great. And like I said, fillings are whatever you like. I like pepperoni, onion, green pepper and mozzarella, but you can use anything, ham mushroom and swiss would be great, sausage, onion, sundried tomatoes, you name it. Just make sure the filling are already pre cooked.
- Marinara -- Heat up the marinara in a small bowl just in the microwave and serve with the pizza.
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These pizza balls are not only easy, quick, cheap, AND fun to make, but they are also VERY delicious. Whether you make them small and eat them with your hand, or big enough to cut with a fork, it is loved by all and can be used for any(or no) occasion at all! I got creative with them, making both sausage and pepperoni balls, and then barbeque bacon chicken balls. Hormel makes mini peppeonis, and they are perfect for these(plus they're cute)! I actually have some in the oven right now, experimenting with a breakfast style with eggs, sausage, and bacon(suuuper cheap if you have leftover meat from other balls), and i plan on feeezing them and microwaving for breakfast. Next would be a hamburger ball...like i said, suuper good and super cheap. Great post, Sara!
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