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
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.
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!
- Tuesday 12/7 – Soups & Salads at Parenting the Tiniest of Miracles
- Wednesday 12/8 – Main Course at Amy’s Finer Things
- Thursday 12/9 – Side Dishes at Food Plus Heat
- Friday 12/10 – Holiday Breads at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam
- Saturday 12/11 – Desserts at The Happy Housewife
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!