Pizzette {Mini Pizza Bites with Assorted Toppings}
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Pizzette - Mini Pizza Bites With Assorted Toppings

Soft inside, with golden crust on the outside these pizza bites are total crowd pleasers!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Resting Time4 hrs
Total Time45 mins
Course: Appetizer, Pizza
Cuisine: Italian

Ingredients

For Pizza Dough:

For Tomato Sauce:

  • 2 cups tomato puree , passata di pomodoro
  • Handful basil leaves
  • Salt to taste

Topping Suggestions

  • Tomato Sauce + Mozzarella Cheese* + Oregano
  • Tomato Sauce + Mozzarella Cheese* + Anchovy fillet
  • Tomato Sauce + Mozzarella Cheese* + Salami
  • Tomato Sauce + Black or Green Olives
  • Mozzarella Cheese* + Marinated Artichokes , sliced + Olives
  • Mozzarella Cheese* + Prosciutto + Arugula
  • Potato , thinly sliced + Extra Virgin Olive Oil + Rosemary

Instructions

Pizza Dough

  • Dissolve yeast in lukewarm water with sugar. Let sit for 5-10 minutes.
  • In a mixer bowl add flour and yeast water, give a quick stir.
  • Using a dough hook attachment start to knead slowly increasing the speed.
  • Add salt and extra virgin olive oil.
  • NOTE: Don’t add salt immediately as it’ll weaken yeast quality!
  • Knead for about 5 minutes.You should get a smoth and pretty soft dough. It’ll be slightly sticky but manageable to handle it with your hands.
  • Transfer the dough in large oiled bowl. Cover with a plastic wrap and let rise for 2-3 hours in a warm (not hot!) place.
  • Past 2-3 hours the dough should double in size.
  • Transfer it to a slightly floured work surface.
  • Roll with a rolling pin to about 3-5 mm thick.
  • Using a round cookie cutter about 3 inches in diameter cut out pizzette circles.
  • Place pizzette on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper leaving some space in between.
  • Cover with a linen towel and let rise for 30-60 minutes in a warm place.

Tomato Sauce

  • While pizzette are rising it’s a good idea to prepare the sauce and the toppings.
  • In a skillet pan add tomato puree/passata di pomodoro, let simmer on low heat until slightly reduced. The thickness of the sauce should be good enough to stay on pizzetta, not too liquid-y but also not paste-like.
  • Add fresh basil leaved roughly torn with your hands.
  • Cook for another few minutes and let cool.

Assemble Pizza Bites

  • Cut, slice and pit all other ingredients that you’ve chosen as your pizza toppings.
    Here you can mix, match and be creative!
  • Preheat oven to 375F / 190C
  • Using your point finger press around and in the center of each pizzetta (see photo) to form a slight cavity to hold in the topping.
  • Top with your favorite toppings.
  • Bake in a preheated oven for 10-12 minutes until cheese is well melted and pizzette have a light golden edge. Be careful and don't overcook as the dough might become hard.

Notes

*Mozzarella cheese for pizza, grated or cut in cubes