Mini Pizza Bites

Mini Pizza Bites
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  • Total: 28 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 18 mins
  • Yield: 30 Bites (6 to 8 servings)

Mini pizza bites are quick and delicious little appetizers made with frozen mini filo shells or rounds of dough. The filling works well with either base ingredient.

The filling is very simple but can be changed in various ways. You could use chopped cooked onions or mushrooms in place of the minced green onions. Use provolone or Cheddar cheese instead of the Parmesan or mozzarella cheese. Or add another pizza ingredient you like, such as minced garlic, olives, chopped seeded tomatoes, or chopped bell peppers.

This is a great appetizer for a buffet party or a wonderful addition to an appetizer party, especially in the winter. The little pizza bites are even good at room temperature, but you can keep them on a warming tray if you'd like to keep the cheese soft and melted.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup pizza sauce
  • 3 tablespoons minced green onions
  • 1/4 cup pepperoni slices, cubed
  • 1/2 cup diced mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 30 frozen mini filo shells

Steps to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.

  2. In a small bowl, combine the pizza sauce green onions, pepperoni, and mozzarella cheese.

  3. Fill filo shells with this mixture.

  4. Top the filo shells with the Parmesan cheese.

  5. Bake the little filo shells for 15 to 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and cups are bubbly.

  6. Let stand 5 minutes, then serve.

An alternative to frozen mini filo shells is to use crescent roll dough. For this recipe, you would use one can of crescent roll dough. Unroll the dough and cut it into circles (2 1/2 inches each) using a glass or a cookie cutter. Place the dough circles on a greased cookie sheet, and top them as you would the filo shells. Bake the crescent rounds for 18 to 23 minutes or until the dough is browned and crisp, the filling is hot, and the cheese melts.