Parmesan & Pepperoni Bites - mini pepperoni calzones! Crescent rolls filled with cream cheese, parmesan cheese, and chopped pepperoni. Dip the baked bites into warm pizza sauce. Great for parties, tailgating, lunch, dinner, or a side to pasta dishes. Can assemble a few hours in advance and refrigerate until ready to bake. These things fly off the plate! #pizza #calzone #partyfood #appetizer #gameday
Beat cream cheese and ¾ cup parmesan cheese with mixer until well blended. Stir in chopped pepperoni.
Separate dough into 8 rectangles; seal seams.
Spread cream cheese mixture down the middle of each rectangle. Bring long edges up to cover cream cheese; cut each into 4 squares.
Place, seam-sides down, on a parchment-lined baking sheet and sprinkle with remaining ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese and a dash of Italian seasoning, if desired.
Bake 13 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly.
You can use crescent rolls or crescent dough sheets for this recipe. Regular or reduced-fat are fine.I used mini pepperoni in this recipe and left a few whole. Feel free to substitute turkey pepperoni for a lower calorie option.You can use low-fat cream cheese in the filling.Can add any of your favorite pizza toppings to the filling - mushrooms, onions, olives, peppers, ham.This recipe makes 32 pizza bites. You can easily cut the recipe in half if you don't need that many.I find it easier to cut the crescent bites with a pizza cutter wheel. The pizza cutter glides through the filled dough and the filling doesn't ooze out.You can assemble the bites and refrigerate them a couple of hours before baking.