Pizza Pie Bites

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Welcome to the appetizer and drinks portion of the Third Annual Bloggy Progressive Dinner. We’re getting off to a bit of a late start. What’s a girl to do when Comcast’s DNS servers go down, taking with it internet connection across 4 states in the Midwest? I guess it’s similar to if there was a massive power failure on the scheduled day of a real life progressive dinner. So now that everything is up and running, the show must go on!

I am thrilled to be hosting the appetizers & drinks portion of our dinner. I’ve said it before – I am a HUGE fan of appetizers. I’d happily forego a full dinner to just nibble on the appetizers. But since we’ve got a great big progressive dinner planned, I’m just serving up one appetizer today.

Pizza Pie Bites

  • 1/2 lb. ground beef or Italian sausage
  • 1 8 oz. block mozzarella cheese
  • 1 6 oz. can tomato paste
  • 1/4 c. water
  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 1 T. Italian seasoning
  • 1 t. garlic powder
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1/8 t. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/2 c. flour
  • 2 t. salt
  • 1 t. Italian seasoning
  • 4 T. butter
  • 3 – 4 T. cold water

Brown ground beef or Italian sausage in a small skillet. While meat cooks, cut block of mozzarella cheese into small chunks.

Next, stir together the tomato paste, water, olive oil, 1 T. Italian seasoning, garlic powder, 1 t. salt and crushed red pepper flakes. Drain ground beef or Italian sausage and stir into tomato mixture. Stir in the mozzarella. Cover and refrigerate until assembling.

In a medium-sized bowl, combine flour, 2 t. salt and 1 t. Italian seasoning. Cut in butter with a pastry cutter, two knives or your hands until crumbly. Slowly add the water and stir. If necessary, form the dough into a ball with your hands, adding a bit more water as needed. Refrigerate until assembling.

+ 15-18 minutes bake time Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface. Using a 2-inch round cookie cutter or glass, cut circles out of dough. Press into a mini muffin tin. Repeat as needed.

Spoon about 2 teaspoons of pizza filling into each little cup. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-18 minutes, until cheese is thoroughly melted and crust is lightly golden brown. (Recipe makes about 36-48, depending on the thickness of your dough and the size of your mini muffin tins.)

You can definitely add any other pizza toppings that you like. This is perfect for serving to kids and adults – you can serve the kids the basic ones and add some fun fillings for the adults.

Unfortunately, drinks are not my specialty. If it isn’t water, black coffee, milk or watered-down apple juice, it typically doesn’t get served at our house. We have pop on hand for special occasions, but that’s about it. Since I’m hosting Christmas Eve this year, I could definitely use some drink inspiration!

Here’s the schedule for the rest of the week. I hope you’ll join us each day!

Now link up your own drink or appetizer recipe. Please include a link back here in your post so that everyone else can join in on the fun!

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Comments

  1. I’m also a huge lover of appetizers, and when I have a gathering at my home–I usually make a whole spread of appetizers. People come for the food! :)

    My family would love these. It would be fun to let the kids come up with their own toppings and make a variety at once.

  2. Stephanie says:

    How fun! This is a great drink.

    Skip And Go Naked

    3 Beers
    3 shots of Vodka
    1 can of frozen Pink Lemonade

    Pour 3 beers any kind + 3 shots of Vodka any kind + and a can of frozen Pink Lemonade= One great Skip and Go NAKED! just double or triple these numbers for more, and if you want a little more effect you can always add more vodka with little taste difference, but if you use the exact measurements it taste only like pink lemonade.

  3. JT Locke says:

    These sound so yummy and easy to make!!! We have an office party coming up soon and I was debating on what to take and now I’ve figure it out!!!

    Thanks for the great recipe!!!

  4. Cheryl says:

    These sound awesome! I think my kids will be thanking YOU!

  5. Mmm…these look great. I make pizza bagel bites at home all the time, but will have to try this recipe with fake beef too! Thanks for posting.

  6. Carol C says:

    My favorite hot drink and I just made it tonight:
    48 oz. pineapple juice
    48 oz cranapple juice
    4 cinnamon sticks
    1/2 to 1 teaspoon whole cloves
    Simmer 5 minutes. Delicious and could not be any easier.

  7. SnoWhite says:

    Those look like perfect appetizers!!

  8. That looks like a GREAT start to a wonderful Christmas meal:-)

  9. Erin says:

    I made these into a tart for an entree instead of appetizer. Reduced the salt a little and it came out great!

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