Saturday, September 10, 2011

Pizza Bites

These pizza bites are super fun to make for dinner. They will come together quickly if you have a batch of pizza dough ready to use in your freezer.

First, make a batch of whole wheat pizza dough:

1 1/2c Warm Water
1 Package Instant Yeast
1T Honey (or sugar or agave nectar)
1/8t Salt
1/2t Garlic Powder (optional)
1T Olive Oil
2 to 4 cups Thrive Whole Wheat Flour

Combine warm water, yeast and honey and let rest for 5 minutes. Add oil, salt, garlic powder if desired and 2 cups flour to yeast mixture. Continue adding flour, 1/4c at a time, until dough pulls away from sides of bowl. Knead for 10 minutes. Roll the dough into a ball, put it into a greased bowl, and cover with a damp towel. Let rise for 30 minutes.

While the dough is rising, make a fantastic dipping sauce:

1T Olive Oil
1 1/2c Water
1/2c Thrive Tomato Powder
1/2t Garlic Powder
1t Sugar
1/2t Italian Seasonings
1/8t Salt

In a small bowl, combine Tomato Powder, garlic powder, sugar, Italian seasonings and salt. In a saucepan over medium high heat, bring water and olive oil to a boil. Reduce heat to low and slowly stir in the Tomato Powder mixture. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. If you want your sauce to be a little thicker, continue to simmer until the desired consistency is reached.

Now it's time to assemble your pizza bites. You can fill your pizza bites with whatever you want! Here are a few ideas:

Thrive Red & Green Bell Peppers
Thrive Mushroom Pieces
Thrive Chopped Onions
Thrive Sausage Crumbles
Thrive Sausage TVP
Thrive Ground Beef
Thrive Pineapple Chunks
Thrive Bacon TVP
Canadian Bacon

You're also going to need about a cup of shredded cheese and several tablespoons of melted butter with a dash of garlic powder mixed in. Preheat your oven to 350 and grease a large casserole dish.

Prepare your chosen fillings by rehydrating your Thrive products and chopping any larger items into small pieces. To assemble your bites, pinch off small a piece of dough and flatten it out into a 3" round. Put a small amount of cheese and toppings in the center.

Bring the sides in, pinching the edges to make them stick together, and gently roll into a ball. Roll the ball in your butter mixture and place it in the casserole dish.

Repeat until you run out of dough! You can let the bites rise if you want to, or just bake them right away. Bake the bites at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with dipping sauce on the side.

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