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Skip the pizza delivery! Enjoy these easy, cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Bites hot and fresh from the oven. You’ll want to double the batch!
Most of the recipes on this site are here because I decided to put them here.
But once in a while, I get a fantastic reader suggestion. So when I received an email with the Subject: “This looks like it would be fun to make,” followed by a link to Reddit, I got to work immediately.
How to Make Pepperoni Pizza Bites
A standard can of refrigerated (aka “exploding”) biscuits contains 8 biscuits. Cut each one in half, flattening it into a small disk, stuffing it with cheese & pepperoni, and shaping it into a tiny Pizza Surprise ball.
Then, arrange the Pepperoni Pizza Bites balls in a baking dish. I like to brush the tops of the biscuits with garlic butter sauce. For obvious reasons.
Stuff the spaces between with pepperoni, top with cheese, and add some fresh chopped parsley if you like the color green.
These Pizza Bites are perfect for so many reasons:
- They start with exploding biscuits. You know, the cans that pop open.
- Cheese + Pepperoni
- It doesn’t feel like a weekend if there’s no pizza.
- Cheaper than delivery.
- Because it’s [insert sport name] season!
I have adapted the original baking time and temperature, but “until golden brown” is a good rule of thumb here.
My favorite dipping sauces include Homemade Marinara Sauce and the most amazing Homemade Ranch Dressing. Dive in! That’s not a request!
Pepperoni Pizza Bites
- 1 tablespoon butter melted
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 can refrigerated biscuits halved lengthwise (see note 1)
- 1 (8 ounce) block mozzarella cheese cut into sixteen (½ ounce) pieces
- 40 pieces pepperoni from 6 ounce package
- ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- fresh parsley for garnish, optional
- Marinara sauce for dipping, optional
- Ranch dressing for dipping, optional
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Coat a 9-inch pie plate with nonstick spray. In a small bowl, whisk together melted butter and garlic powder.
- Form each biscuit half into a circle and flatten into a disk. Top with one piece of pepperoni and 1/2-ounce piece of mozzarella cheese.
- Fold the sides of the biscuit up and over the pepperoni and cheese until it is completely covered. Shape into a ball and place in the prepared pan. Repeat with remaining biscuit halves, 15 pepperoni pieces, and mozzarella cheese pieces.
- When all the pizza bites have been formed and placed in the baking dish, arrange the remaining pepperoni (about 24 pieces) between the biscuits. Brush with garlic butter.
- Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until the biscuits are starting to brown. Remove from oven and top with shredded mozzarella cheese. Turn off oven, then return bites to oven until cheese is melted, 1 to 2 minutes longer. Garnish with parsley if desired and serve with Marinara sauce or Ranch dressing.
- Refrigerated biscuits: These are the biscuits in the exploding cans you find in the refrigerator section of the grocery store. Pillsbury is a common brand. Cut the biscuits in half lengthwise so instead of 8 biscuit circles, you now have 16 biscuit circles (a serrated bread knife works well).
- Yield: This Pepperoni Pizza Bites recipe makes 16 bites, enough for 4 servings, 4 bites each.
- Storage: Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
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This was awesome! I made the pizza dough in my bread machine and it rose beautifully. So tasty and easy! My husband said definitely a repeat recipe.
Do you think the mozzeralla cheese sticks will work as well?
100% yes to that! Definitely. I use those in my pizza sticks too (basically mozz cheese sticks wrapped in wontons with pepperoni and deep-fried). All good things. Thank you Terry!
Thank you! Just put them in the oven :)
any way this works with a glass dish for the oven???
Absolutely, I don’t see why not! I haven’t tried it, but it’s just like anything else – brownies, cake mixes, whatever. You should have no issue using a glass dish. With cakes mixes, etc. the oven temperature is the same for metal and glass pans, it’s just a lower temp if you use dark or nonstick. So you should be fine! Maybe check it 5 minutes early just in case?
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Thanks, I’ll try that :-)
Oh I know what you’re talking about! Boyfriend always tells me to stop showing him recipe links+photos and rather make them, he’ll be more enthusiastic when he can taste it, when for me it is enough to look at an apetizing photo :-)
This is such a genius recipe, love how uncomplicated and quick it is, and also how stunning and delicious it looks!
But you can’t find “can of refrigerator biscuits” where I live, any suggestion what I could use instead?
This is such a genius idea! Love how uncomplicated and easy it is, yet looks stunning and delicious!
Any suggestion for the can of refrigerator biscuits since you can’t find those where I live. What could I use instead?
Hi Stella! Thanks for your comments. You could use any kind of store-bought or homemade pizza dough (or frozen bread dough). They are all delicious! Thanks again.