With the football season coming to a close, it’s time to start thinking about Big Game parties and inevitably, the recipes you will make and bring to yours! In preparation, I’ve teamed up with my football blogger friends in one final collaboration to bring you some brilliant Big Game recipe ideas. We’ve made appetizers, entrees, desserts and even drinks. This year I made the easiest puff pastry pizza bites! If you’d rather by your pizza ready-made, you’ve got to check out this Italian restaurant Greensboro.
Prepare to be inspired, and be sure to check out their links below!
Football fan or not, I think we can all agree that a good spread of food during the Super Bowl can make everyone happy.
Growing up I often had a swim meet on Super Bowl Sunday. I remember grabbing pizza on the way home and sitting in the living room, the only time we were allowed to eat in front the tv, to eat and watch the game. It wasn’t until I was older that I started going to Super Bowl watch parties, and realized the world of game day food beyond take-out pizza.
When trying to come up with a recipe for this year’s Super Bowl parties, I immediately went back to those nights eating pizza in the living room. This version is not only super easy but bite-sized with all the flavors of a good slice of pizza, but will still leave you room to enjoy any other game-day eats.
These mini-pizza bites are made with squares of puff pastry. Just pull it out of the freezer the day before to thaw and they only take about 10 minutes to throw together and another 10 minutes to bake. Pizza bites are sure to satisfy everyone and can be topped with any of your favorite pizza toppings….. pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, olives, red pepper, ham, pineapple, sausage, or simply just cheese.
Try these bites for the big game day, another party, or just for a fun and quick dinner!
- 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed until ready to use
- ½ c your favorite pizza or marinara sauce (I like to use homemade marinara)
- 1 c shredded cheese (I used a combination of mozzarella and fontina)
- ¼ c parmesan cheese
- Pizza toppings such as pepperoni, olives, mushroom, ham, pineapple, etc.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Roll out puff pastry on a well floured surface. Using a knife or pizza cutter make 4, approximately equal, cuts horizontally and 4 vertically. This should make 25 squares.
- Using a shot glass press a circle into each square to form your area for toppings. With a fork, poke the area of puff pastry within the circle 3 or 4 times each. Move the squares to a parchment lined baking sheet, leaving space for them to puff up when baking.
- Spoon approximately ½ t of pizza/marinara sauce on each square. Top each square with ½ t shredded cheese. Sprinkle all of the squares with parmesan. Add toppings to fit each square.
- Bake the squares for 10 minutes until lightly browned and puffy.
- Serve immediately or allow to cool completely and store until ready to serve, then reheat in a 400 degree oven for 2-3 minutes.
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Baked Southwestern Egg Rolls by Family Food on the Table
Mini Bacon Ranch Cheese Balls by Honey & Birch
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Hawaiian Pizza Jalapeno Poppers by Love & Flour
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Monte Cristo Poppers by See Aimee Cook
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Low Carb Stuffed Crust Pizza by Sustaining the Powers
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Roasted Jalapeno Poppers by Off the Eaten Path
Buffalo Cauliflower Mac and Cheese by Hello Little Home
Jalapeno Popper Chicken Wings by Around My Family Table
Gluten Free Bread Sticks by What A Girl Eats
Cheesy Beef Dip by Polka Dotted Blue Jay
Buffalo Chicken Deviled Eggs by The Crumby Cupcake
Greek Meatballs by Two Places at Once
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Bacon Wrapped Blue Cheese Meatballs by West via Midwest
Puff Pastry Bacon Pizza Twists by 2 Cookin Mamas
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Spicy Sausage Rolls by Peanut Blossom
Protein Dark Chocolate Truffles by The Creative Bite
Chickpea Pepper Cheese Poppers by Bucket List Tummy
Maple Cranberry Apple Sangria by Order in the Kitchen
Meyer Lemon Shandies by The Speckled Palate
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