Pizza Balls

This is such a ridiculously easy recipe and a perfect addition to bring a party, serve as an appetizer or pop in your kid’s lunches!

They freeze beautifully – a handy treat to have on hand when friends or family pop in on you!

You can whip up a batch in less time that it’s taking me to write this post.

Start with pizza dough – enough for two pizzas. You can make your own or buy the pre-made dough. Our local grocer offers a wonderful whole wheat dough that is close to home made!

Take an 8 oz. chunk of Mozzarella cheese and cut it into to little cubes. Have a package of pepperoni (we like the turkey version!) on hand. You’ll need about 48 pieces of pepperoni.

You can roll out the dough and cut it into 24 squares or pinch out a small chunk and flatten with your fingers. I prefer pinching!

In the flattened dough ball – place a pepperoni slice, a chunk or two of cheese, another pepperoni slice and roll the dough up around it. Pinch the ends and place in either a pie pan or a 8 x 8 spray baking pan.

Brush the tops with olive oil and generously shake Italian seasoning over the tops of the dough balls. I like Penzy’s Italian seasoning.

Bake in a pre-heated 400 degree oven for 20 minutes until the tops are browned. Serve warm with warmed pizza or marinara sauce for dipping.

Yum! Pop ‘em in your mouth!

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Pizza Balls
Recipe type: Appetizer, Snack
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Serves: 24
 
So easy to make and so fun to eat! Great for parties, appetizers and kid's lunches!
Ingredients
  • Prepared pizza dough - enough for two pizzas
  • 8 ounces mozzarella cheese, cut into cubes
  • 48 slices pepperoni
  • olive oil
  • Italian seasoning
  • grated Parmesan cheese
  • Pizza sauce or Marinara sauce, heated
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400º.
  2. Spray 3 9-inch pie pans or two 8 x 8 baking pans with cooking spray.
  3. On lightly floured surface, roll out one pizza crust and pat into 12x8 rectangle. Cut into 24 squares. Or you can pinch bits of dough out and flatten with your hand.
  4. Place two pepperoni slices and one to two cubes of cheese on each dough square.
  5. Wrap dough around, pinching to seal.
  6. Place in pans, seamside down.
  7. Brush oil olive over rolls and top with Italian seasoning and Parmesan cheese.
  8. Bake at 400º for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Serve warm with warmed pizza or marinara sauce.
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13 comments on “Pizza Balls

  1. brian on said:

    nothing like a pizza ball, i want to try this recipe soon!

  2. Araceli on said:

    Sounds wonderful! Which grocery has the whole wheat dough?

    • A Kitchen Muse on said:

      I live in Ohio and the grocery store is Heinen’s. Ask your grocer if they would start carrying it…it’s very popular here!

  3. Anita at Hungry Couple on said:

    What a cute idea! I could really go for some of those right now. :)

  4. This recipe looks really simple, I can’t wait to try it out with my grandson :) Thanks for sharing it!

    • Just to let you know, when I tried to get to this recipe via your list of recipes, it was linked incorrectly. The link takes you to your “smoothie” recipe instead.

  5. natasha@aperfectpantry on said:

    Mouthwatering! A must to try!

  6. If you freeze these, do you thaw them out before baking or put them in the oven frozen?

  7. Janelle@domesticallyseasoned on said:

    Making these tonight for the family!

  8. Bethany on said:

    I made these tonight with homemade (breadmaker) whole-wheat dough. They were awesome. Our kids loved them. The best part is being able to serve it with different sauces, since I like a white sauce so much more than pizza sauce. Thank you!

  9. Love Penzey spices and we thoroughly enjoyed these!

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