Pizza Pocket Bites

These are no ordinary bread rolls – they’re bite-sized and have pizza flavours buried in the centre to tantalise the taste buds. Eat them on their own or as an accompaniment to pasta dishes. You can leave out the pepperoni for a veggie alternative.

Reprinted with permission from the publisher, Octopus Publishing, from Ella's Kitchen the Cook Book by Paul Lindley. Hamlyn 2013.

Pizza Pocket Bites

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    Ingredients

    5 1/4 oz packets pizza base mix 1/4 each small red, yellow and green pepper, roughly sliced
    2 tablespoons finely chopped oregano 1 3/4 oz pepperoni, roughly chopped
    1 tablespoon olive oil 3 1/2 oz cheddar cheese, grated

    directions

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    • 1

      Preheat the oven to 425ºF.

    • 2

      Put the pizza base dough in a bowl with the oregano, add the required amount of warm water according to the packet instructions and mix thoroughly to form a smooth dough.

    • 3

      Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead it until it is smooth. Heat the oil in a heavy-based frying pan and cook the peppers over a moderate heat for 4–5 minutes until soft, then add the pepperoni and cook for a further 1 minute.

    • 4

      Divide the dough into 8 pieces and make a well in the centre of each. Divide the peppers and pepperoni between the dough pieces and very roughly knead them into the dough, then shape the dough pieces into rough balls and place them on a baking sheet. Cover the balls with a damp cloth and leave them to prove for 30 minutes, or until they have roughly doubled in size.

    • 5

      Sprinkle the balls with the Cheddar and bake them for 20 minutes until they are golden and cooked through – when they’re cooked, the base of each pizza bite should sound hollow when you tap it. Serve the pizza bites while they are still warm.

    notes

    Kneading time!
    Your toddler can help you to knead the veggies into the dough pieces and roll them into balls – brilliant foody play that helps to get the job done!

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