I’ve been pretty obsessed with pizza lately. The other day I had a craving for pizza bites. While I love the easy pepperoni pizza puffs I made, I was craving something with actual pizza dough. So I set about making some pizza dough balls, and decided to stuff them with pepperoni and mozzarella.

The funny thing is, I’ve actually made these before, but forgot. I thought my pizza balls had just been pizza dough dipped in marinara sauce, and that this was a new variation because I stuffed them. But I just looked back at my old post and apparently those were stuffed too. Oh well. These were still ridiculously good.

Fluffy pizza dough, pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, and marinara sauce. All the ingredients in a pizza but in a cute bite sized, pull-apart ball form. The whole pie plate full of these pizza bites were gone within minutes. Yikes.

To save time, you can use refrigerated pizza dough. I used premade dough last time. So this time, I decided to take the time to make homemade pizza dough. Homemade pizza dough is really easy to make, but you do have to prepare it ahead of time since it needs to rise.

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Stuffed pizza bites

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 20 mins


1/2 pizza dough enough for one pizza (I used this recipe or you can use premade dough)
15 pieces of pepperoni, chopped into small pieces
1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
Italian seasoning
marinara sauce for dipping


1. Preheat oven to 400F and grease a 9 inch pie pan. Make round balls with pizza dough, about 1 inch in diameter. Flatten dough balls and stuff with cheese and pepperoni before sealing dough balls back up.
2. Place finished dough balls into pie pan, lining them next to each other and covering plate.
3. Sprinkle Italian seasoning on top of the balls. Bake for about 20 minutes until tops are golden brown.
4. Serve warm with a side of marinara sauce.

Adapted from Annie's Eats




4 Responses to “Stuffed pizza bites”

  1. Sasha — September 15, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    These sound just delicious! I havnt had pizza for a while and you certainly have me craving the comforting cheesy-meaty combo now indeed, gorgeous recipe :)

    • Kirbie replied: — September 18th, 2011 @ 12:18 am

      This satisfied my craving for pizza. It’s one of my favorite appetizers

  2. Tupper — September 23, 2011 at 6:01 am

    Nice- I was looking for a snack when the kids come in late tonight. This works!

    • Kirbie replied: — September 25th, 2011 @ 9:33 am

      I hope your kids enjoy it!

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