Pizza Bombs

Pizza Bombs Recipe –  pizza dough squares, loaded with pizza sauce, pepperoni, and gooey mozzarella cheese cubes. Baked to golden perfection in a muffin pan, they’re then brushed with garlic butter and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese. Bursting with flavor in every bite, they’re the ultimate snack or appetizer for pizza lovers.

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Easy Pizza Bites Recipe

These Pizza bombs are destined to become a beloved favorite among both the kids and the adults in your family. Pizza dough stuffed with zesty pizza sauce, flavorful pepperoni, and a gooey, melty cheese center. This twist to traditional pizza could not be any easier to make! These little bites are perfect for pizza night, satisfying after-school snacks, or simply indulging for the sheer joy of it. Add this recipe to your menu ASAP! It is sure to be a hit!

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How to Make Pizza Bombs

This recipe is easy to make with only a few simple ingredients. Spray a muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside. Open a can of refrigerated pizza dough and cut into 12 squares. Top the squares with pizza sauce, pepperoni slices, and mozzarella cheese cubes. Fold the dough’s edges around the filling and pinch them together to securely seal, creating a compact bundle. Place the dough balls seam-side down in the muffin pan. Bake in a preheated oven until golden brown. Brush the hot rolls with garlic butter. Sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese, parsley, and red pepper flakes. Remove the pizza bites from the pan and serve with warm marinara sauce for dipping.

Helpful Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • I use a can of Pillsbury refrigerated pizza dough.
  • Can I use refrigerated biscuit dough? Yes. I’ve seen some recipes that use biscuit dough instead of pizza dough.
    • I suggest using the smaller can of refrigerated biscuits. It is a 12-oz can with 10 biscuits in it. They are also sold in 6-oz cans with 5 biscuits.
    • If you use Pillsbury Grands! Split the biscuits in half and make 16 bombs and bake at 375ºF on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
      • You can use the whole biscuits. Bake the biscuits at 375ºF in a 12-inch cast iron skillet.
        • I tried this and found that there was more biscuit than pizza fillings.
  • Our favorite store-bought pizza sauce is Rao’s. I also like Godfather’s Pizza Sauce: https://amzn.to/3sHzaUJ
  • Do I have to bake the pizza bites in a muffin tin? No. You can bake the pizza pockets on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
  • Can I use shredded mozzarella cheese? Yes. I tested the recipe with shredded cheese and preferred the cubes of cheese.
  • For extra flavor, add a dash of Italian seasoning, oregano, basil, or garlic powder to the filling.
  • You can use any of your favorite pizza toppings in this recipe:
    • sausage
    • onions
    • peppers
    • mushrooms
    • olives
    • ham
    • bacon
    • chicken

Make Ahead & Storage Tips

  • Can I make Pizza Bombs ahead of time? Yes! Assemble the pizza bites and cover the pan with plastic wrap. Store in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours before baking. 
  • Can I Freeze Pizza Bombs? Yes. To freeze, first, place the bombs onto a baking sheet and transfer to the freezer until solid. After they are frozen, store them in a freezer bag for up to 3 months.
    • When ready to bake, simply add a few minutes to the baking time or let them thaw in the refrigerator overnight. 
    • You may also freeze the cooked pizza bombs. 
  • Store leftover pizza pockets in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
    • Reheat in the microwave or in the air fryer.
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How to Serve Pepperoni Pizza Bombs

These pizza bites are a family favorite! We make them all the time. They are great for an easy lunch or dinner and make a great appetizer for game day parties! When it comes to what to serve alongside these bites, I’ve got some delicious options for you. Start with a side of marinara or ranch dipping sauce for that extra burst of flavor. A fresh garden salad with homemade dressing adds a refreshing contrast to the savory bombs. For a heartier option, consider serving them alongside a bowl of tomato soup. And, of course, don’t forget to include some veggies or a platter of carrot and celery sticks for a bit of crunch and balance. These sides will round out your pizza bombmeal, making it a delicious and well-rounded dining experience.

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Pizza Bombs

Yield: 12 rolls
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Pizza Bombs Recipe –  pizza dough squares, loaded with pizza sauce, pepperoni, and gooey mozzarella cheese cubes. Baked to golden perfection in a muffin pan, they're then brushed with garlic butter and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese. Bursting with flavor in every bite, they're the ultimate snack or appetizer for pizza lovers.

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 400ºF. Spray a muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Cut the mozzarella cheese block into 12 cubes.
  • Open a can of pizza dough and roll it out into a large rectangle.
  • Cut the dough into 12 squares.
  • Top each piece of dough with pizza sauce, pepperoni slices, and a cheese cube.
  • Fold the dough's edges around the filling and pinch them together to securely seal, creating a compact bundle. Place the dough balls seam-side down in the muffin pan. 
  • Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, until golden brown.
  • Whisk together melted butter and Italian seasoning.
  • Brush the hot rolls with garlic butter and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

Notes:

  • I use a can of Pillsbury refrigerated pizza dough. 
  • Can I use refrigerated biscuit dough? Yes. I’ve seen some recipes that use biscuit dough instead of pizza dough.
    • I suggest using the smaller can of refrigerated biscuits. It is a 12-oz can with 10 biscuits in it. They are also sold in 6-oz cans with 5 biscuits.
    • If you use Pillsbury Grands! Split the biscuits in half and make 16 bombs.
      • You can use the whole biscuits. I tried this and found that there was more biscuit than pizza fillings.
  • Do I have to bake the pizza bites in a muffin tin? No. You can bake the pizza pockets on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
  • Can I use shredded mozzarella cheese? Yes. I tested the recipe with shredded cheese and preferred the cubes of cheese.
  • For extra flavor, add a dash of Italian seasoning, oregano, basil, or garlic powder to the filling.
  • You can use any of your favorite pizza toppings in this recipe:
    • sausage
    • onions
    • peppers
    • mushrooms
    • olives
    • ham
    • bacon
    • chicken
  • Can I make Pizza Bombs ahead of time? Yes! Assemble the pizza bites and cover the pan with plastic wrap. Store in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours before baking. 
  • Can I Freeze Pizza Bombs? Yes. To freeze, first, place the bombs onto a baking sheet and transfer to the freezer until solid. After they are frozen, store them in a freezer bag for up to 3 months. 
    • When ready to bake, simply add a few minutes to the baking time or let them thaw in the refrigerator overnight. 
    • You may also freeze the cooked pizza bombs. 
  • Store leftover pizza pockets in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Steph

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