Superbowl Snacks

Hi everyone! I am currently in Northern Ireland. Please welcome Emily from A Cambridge Story as today’s wonderful guest poster!

Good things come in small packages and, as we near Superbowl weekend, I have been brainstorming ways to shrink game-time favorites into tiny, bite-sized snacks. Since pizza is a routine crowd pleaser, I thought mini pizza bites were a good place to start.

mini pizza bites

I made two varieties:tomato, pepperoni with parmesan cheese and balsamic glazed caramelized onions with goat cheese.

To start, cut a ball of whole-wheat pizza dough in quarters and let the dough sit until you have four, round balls. With the aim of mini-pizzas, I found working with smaller batches of dough much more manageable.

pizza dough

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400 degrees and begin caramelizing 1 medium onion (15 minutes or until brown and sweet).

Roll each ball of dough until thin (perhaps slightly thinner than you would for a regular pizza). You will want to cut small circles of dough to fit a min-muffin pan. A 3″ diameter drinking glass served as a great stencil.

making mini pizzas

Place dough circles in greased muffin tin.

pizza dough

At this point, begin assembling. For the tomato-pepperoni pizzas, simply layer 1/2 tsp of pepperoni-flavored pesto (purchased at Whole Foods), a thin slice of a cherry tomato and a pinch of parmesan cheese.

mini pizza

For the other pizzas, layer 1/2 tsp of caramelized onions and a crumble of goat cheese. The balsamic glaze will be added once pizzas are cooked.

mini pizza bites

Bake in oven for 15-18 minutes until crusts are baked and cheese is melted/browned. Five minutes before the pizzas are done cooking, reduce 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar on the stovetop until thick and sweet. Dollop the glaze on top of the goat cheese pizzas (or both, if you’re so inclined!).

The topping possibilities are endless, though I really enjoyed the basic pepperoni variety, which was strangely reminiscent of Elio’s pizza. (Wait, is that a good or a bad thing?)

mini pizza bite

Perhaps a bit higher up on the sophistication ladder, the caramelized onion, goat cheese and balsamic glaze pizzas offered a great balance of sweet and tart. Fresh rosemary would be perfect with them!

mini pizza bite

Whatever flavors you desire, these little nuggets of pizza-y goodness can be easily popped in your mouth and consumed while screaming at Tom Brady to cut his hair rooting for your favorite team. Or, perhaps more realistically, while you are gabbing about anything other than football as the game blares in the background.

Superbowl snacks

Are you planning on watching the Super Bowl? What snacks will you be making?

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  1. Emily’s avatar

    Oops, guess I should have written that this was from A Cambridge Story!

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  2. A Boston Food Diary’s avatar

    Emily-those look FANTASTIC! I love the creative toppings and they honestly look delicious!!

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  3. Elizabeth’s avatar

    The Balsamic and goat cheese look delicious! I’m not a fan of mini appetizers made puff pastry, so common at gatherings, but I would definitely like these mini pizzas made with whole wheat pizza crust. I’ll come to your superbowl party any day! :P

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  4. Melissa’s avatar

    I like this idea a lot, I like mini foods too especially for a crowd!

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  5. Megan’s avatar

    These are adorable, Emily! And I definitely need to make them at some point. I think I’m going to make chili for the Super Bowl. I saw a good recipe in the newest issue of Bon Appetit.

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  6. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic’s avatar

    So cute, Emily!!

    I think I am making buffalo chicken dip for my friend’s Superbowl party

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  7. Daisy’s avatar

    I love Elio’s pizza so this is a very good thing!

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  8. Michelle’s avatar

    Um, these are adorable and super creative! Your photos also look fantastic!

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  9. MichellePC’s avatar

    I am having an appetizer and wine night at my house on Saturday, and I WILL be making these! Thanks for the recipe!

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  10. MichellePC’s avatar

    I am having an appetizer and wine night at my house on Saturday, and I WILL be making these! Thanks for the recipe!

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  11. Alicia’s avatar

    what a creative idea!! these look delicious!

    I still haven’t finalized my menu! but this is definitely now on the consideration list!

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  12. Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)’s avatar

    Nope, not watching the Superbowl … I don’t follow American Football.

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