Keeping the kids lined up with interesting after-school snacks can be quite the task. Now that summer is upon is, this is one duty that’s doubled in size. I remember when I was a kid, summer meant exploring the neighborhood with friends, riding bikes, and getting into all sorts of trouble. After each exhausting day wreaking havoc in the neighborhood, my friends and I would arrive back at the house ready to eat twice our own weight in food. Even if we hadn’t worked up an appetite playing outside all day, we’d eat simply out of boredom!
If your kids have an appetite similar to mine, you’ll appreciate these two fun, tasty summertime pizza bites recipes we’ve created just to answer the call.
The Pizza Dog
What’s the only thing better than a slice of pizza or a hot dog? A pizzadog! Pizza dogs are easy to make, and sure to be a hit with hungry teens everywhere. All you need to make these fun treats is a few pieces of your favorite pizza dough, hot dogs, cheese, and some dipping sauce to bring it all together. Be sure try this recipe before you’re eaten out of house and home! For a more classic hot dog flavor, ketchup and mustard can be substituted for pizza sauce.
- 1 large dough ball (14-16 oz.), divided into two equal-sized portions
- 1 package hot dogs (8 links)
- 8 oz. mozzarella cheese (shredded or sliced)
- 1 jar pizza sauce
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 Tbsp. cold water
- Proof dough as you would normally, allowing the dough balls to rise 2-3 hours at room temperature.
- After dough has risen, flatten each ball slightly with the palm of your hand. Cut the ball with a knife or rolling cutter into 4 triangle-shaped slices (as you would a pizza). Stretch each triangle by hand until you have a larger triangle with 2-inch long sides.
- Place 1 oz. of cheese in the center of the triangle and place the hot dog on top.
- Grabbing the two bottom corners of the triangle, press them tight against the hot dog and roll until the top corner meets the dough on the other side.
- Pinch the dough shut very tight and place the dogs onto a preheated pizza stone or baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- In a small saucepan, heat up the jar of pizza sauce.
- Place pizza bites on a piece of parchment paper and bake at 450° for 20-22 minutes.*
- Halfway through the baking process, brush dogs with egg wash to create a shiny textured crust. Serve with warm pizza sauce.
Yields 8 Pizza Dogs
*If using the Pizzeria Pronto to cook pizza dogs, preheat to 500-600°F and cook 12-14 minutes. When using parchment paper in the Pizzeria Pronto, be sure to trim the paper to a circle that matches the size of the pizza stones. Any excess parchment paper will turn brown and crumble away. Be sure to rotate the dogs at least once halfway through cooking, but up to 3 or 4 times before they finish cooking.
Probably one of the most routine snacks I had as a kid, especially in the summertime, was the pizza bite. Those tiny pockets of sauce, cheese, and pepperoni encased in a chewy and crispy pocket of dough still get my appetite going whenever I see them. Instead of buying them at the store, enlist your hungry little army in helping to make these tasty bites. Again, all you’ll need are some basic pizza ingredients – sauce, cheese, pepperoni, and pizza dough. With this recipe, it helps to have a rolling pin to get the dough down to 1/8th inch thickness. Essentially, you'll use the same technique used to make a calzone. Dough is rolled flat and filled with ingredients, sealed up, brushed with egg wash, and baked. Pizza bites can be an adult snack too! Try them with different toppings like tomato, basil, chorizo, spinach or anything else your heart desires.
- Two 8 oz. dough balls
- 3 oz. pizza sauce
- 3 oz. mozzarella cheese
- 4 oz. cooked sausage, crumbled
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 Tbsp. cold water
- Roll out each dough ball into a 12-inch circle with a rolling pin.
- Use a 2-inch pastry cutter to cut out 9 circles.
- Place small amounts of sauce, cheese and sausage (or pepperoni) into small evenly spaced bite-sized piles, leaving at least ½ an inch space at the edge of the dough so the ingredients don’t squeeze out when the dough is pressed together.
- Mix the beaten egg with the water and set aside.
- Next, carefully fold the bottom of each piece of dough over the toppings until it touches the other side of the dough. Using a fork, press down and seal the two layers of dough all around the outer edge.
- Repeat sealing the dough on each little pizza bite with the fork.
- Once you’ve formed all the pizza bites, poke a small hole on top of each one, to accommodate for the dough rising.
- Brush each bite with the egg wash made earlier.
- Place pizza bites on a piece of parchment paper and bake at 450°F for 12-14 minutes on a preheated pizza stone.*
*If using the Pizzeria Pronto to cook pizza bites, preheat to 500-600°F and cook 8-10 minutes. When using parchment paper in the Pizzeria Pronto, be sure to trim the paper to a circle that matches the size of the pizza stones. Any excess parchment paper will turn brown and crumble away.