Today I am sharing how to make an extra special appetizer that also is familiar enough to not feel too fancy. Puff Pastry Pizza Bites are sure to be a hit with both adults and kids.
Pizza bites don’t seem too exciting, but when rolled in puff pastry and made into pinwheels they bring a little wow factor.
You can find puff pastry in the frozen bread section of the store. Two sheets come in a pack, but for this recipe we will only use one of them.
Plan ahead, because the puff pastry sheet will need about 45 minutes at room temperature to thaw.
Once thawed, set out your other ingredients like butter, garlic, pepperoni, cheese, and Italian seasoning.
How to Make Puff Pastry Pizza Bites
First, get yourself an adorable helper 😉
My grandson loves cooking with me, so I did let him help and his first job was rolling out the puff pastry sheet slightly.
And let me point out that if I can make this appetizer with a toddler, anyone can manage to make it 🙂
Once the dough is rolled, mix melted butter and garlic together and brush it on.
My grandson did get to help with this too, we called it “painting the dough”.
Then place 4 ounces of pepperoni slices all over, except the top inch.
We will leave that with no toppings to help seal it when it’s rolled.
Then a cup and a half of shredded mozzarella cheese.
My little helper did not disappoint with his wonderful cheese sprinkling skills.
A little messy, but well worth it 🙂
Italian seasoning is next and then start rolling into one giant stuffed log.
Crack and egg in a bowl, add two Tablespoons water, and beat with a fork to make an egg wash.
Brush the egg wash on that empty space left at the top, then finish rolling.
Spray a large baking sheet with nonstick spray and then cut 16 pinwheels and carefully transfer them to the baking sheet.
Two helpful hints for you…one is to use a serrated knife to cut them.
Sawing back and forth gently will work best. A flat knife will more squish them instead of cutting into nice, round circles.
The second tip is to use the knife like this when transferring to the baking sheet.
Make the cut then use the knife to hold in place with your hand.
It’s messy and you will loose some of the cheese, simply top them with the lost cheese before baking.
Brush the tops with more egg wash.
Then top with parmesan cheese, kosher salt, and the cheese that fell out while you were cutting them.
And bake in a 400 degree oven for 12 to 15 minutes. Watch them carefully during the last few minutes.
The dough should be light and airy so it’s very important not to overcook them.
THIS is why it’s called puff pastry…it puffs and becomes a gorgeous golden brown.
Serve Puff Pastry Pizza Bites with marinara sauce for dipping!
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Puff Pastry Pizza Bites
Puff Pastry Pizza Bites have pepperoni, cheese, and Italian seasoning rolled into puff pastry for the perfect bite dipped in marinara sauce
- 1 sheet puff pastry (two come in a box but only use one)
- 1 1/2 Tbsps melted butter
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 4 oz pepperoni slices
- 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella
- 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
- 1 egg
- 2 Tbsps water
- nonstick cooking spray
- 2 Tbsps grated parmesan cheese
- kosher salt
- 1 cup marinara sauce
Thaw the puff pastry sheet according to package directions (mine sat out at room temp for 45 minutes). Roll with a rolling pin to make it slightly thinner.
Mix the melted butter and garlic together and brush the puff pastry with the garlic butter.
Add the pepperoni in a single layer, leaving just about an inch empty at the top.
Note: Picture examples in post above.
Add the cheese in a single layer and the Italian seasoning.
Beat the egg and water in a small bowl. Roll the puff pastry into a log, brush the egg mixture over the empty inch left at the top of the dough and then finish rolling, sealing the egg washed inch with the roll.
Cut the puff pastry log into 16 slices.
Note: I started cutting in half, and continued cutting each half in half until I had 16 slices. Using a serrated knife works best, a flat knife may flatten the bites.
Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray and carefully transfer each slice to a baking sheet (or you may need two baking sheets depending on size). I had the best luck using the knife to hold half of one side against my hand when transferring.
Note: Picture example in post above.
Brush the sides and tops of each slice with more egg, then top with parmesan cheese and kosher salt.
Note: You will most likely have lost some cheese while transferring them to the baking sheet, top them with any cheese that's leftover.
Bake in a 400 degree oven for 12 to 15 minutes. Serve with marinara sauce for dipping.