Christi (my 12-year-old) is the brains behind this recipe. She wanted to create a blend of the best pizza ingredients into one “bowl” (her word). So, taking inspiration from our mini quiche recipe, we created . . . pizza bites. You can mix and match your favorite pizza ingredients and get ‘em just how you like ‘em. Our favorite combination? Pepperoni, onions, and olives, along with sauce and cheese, of course. You could do ham and pineapple. Plain pepperoni. Sausage and onion. They come out of the oven sizzling and melty and are the perfect size to literally pop in your mouth. Oh, and did I mention how easy they are? Seriously, Christi, thank you for your brilliant idea of “pizza in a bowl.” We all thank you. I owe you one . . . .
1 3.5 oz. pkg. pepperoni*
2/3 c pizza sauce
3 c finely grated mozzarella cheese
1/2 c chopped onions, optional
1/2 c sliced or chopped olives, optional
1/4 c finely chopped green peppers, optional
1 8-ounce tube refrigerated crescent seamless dough sheet (or rolls)
Chop each pepperoni into four pieces and place in bowl. Add pizza sauce and cheese. Add onions, olives, and/or green peppers if desired. Set aside. Unroll crescent dough sheet (or crescent rolls) on flat surface. (If using rolls, pinch seams together.) Cut into 48 even squares. Press onto bottom and partly up sides of greased mini muffin tins. Fill each cup with 1 tablespoon pizza mixture. Bake at 375°F for 13-14 minutes. Cool 5 minutes. Remove from pans and serve warm. Refrigerate leftovers.
*can substitute Canadian bacon or cooked sausage if desired