One of my favorite things to do in the kitchen is to learn how to foods that typically aren't very good for you and make them so that they're not only healthier but, oftentimes, even better than the storebought version. (You can check out my homemade corndogs and my homemade vegetarian fish sticks for other examples.)
So it was when I decided to make my own pizza bites.
I can't remember the last time I had pizza bites—late night during college, likely. But I do remember that they were never really that good.
But one night, when my husband was gone and I couldn't justify whipping up an entire pizza for myself, I got an itch to try to make my own. I'd picked up a package of wonton wrappers at the store, and figured they'd make good candidates for the process. So, with some of my homemade pizza sauce, pizza seasonings and cheese, I got to work.
Admittedly, they're more time consuming to make from scratch than the open-a-box-and-pop-'em-in-the-microwave variety. But I'd say the effort is worth it, with mini pizza bites that you can whip up for dinner tonight and freeze any leftovers to bake for a quick go-to meal in the future.
Here's how I made mine:
- One package of square wonton wrappers
- About 2 cups of pizza sauce (here's my recipe to make your own pizza sauce)
- About 2 cups of cheese
- Olive oil
- Pizza seasonings (here's my recipe to make your own pizza seasoning mix)
It's best to only work on a couple of pizza rolls at a time, as the wonton wrappers can dry out if left out in the open air for too long. So, first, take a couple of wonton wrappers and lay them out on your workspace. You'll want to keep a small dish of water handy, too.
Using a spoon, put about a tablespoon of pizza sauce into the middle of each wonton wrapper. (Use more or less, depending on how much sauce-to-cheese ratio you prefer.) On top of the sauce, add about a tablespoon of cheese.
Dip your finger into the water and wet the edges of the wonton wrapper. Fold the wrapper in half along the diagonal so that, folded, it looks like a triangle. Press around each of the edges to seal shut. (If a lot of sauce or cheese oozes out, you've used too much and need to readjust your ratio.)
Place wontons on a baking stone (here's the one I use) and cover with a dish towel to keep from drying out. (Alternatively, if you want to put them in the freezer for later use, place directly on a piece of wax paper atop a freezer-ready dish. If you do freeze them, you can take them directly from the freezer when you're ready to bake them and proceed to the next step.)
Then, spritz each wonton with some olive oil. (I like to use my Misto for this step!) Top with about ¼ teaspoon of my pizza seasoning mix on each pizza roll. (Alternatively you can use a dash or two of sea salt, freshly ground pepper and Italian seasoning.)
Bake the wontons at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until the edges start to turn a golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes or so; they'll continue to darken a bit once you've removed them so don't let them get too dark in the oven!
Serve them with a side dish of pizza sauce for dipping. I like to serve about 6 pizza rolls per person, but you can adjust that to how hungry you are! Makes an entire package of wonton wrappers, about 48 in a 12 oz. package. (You can also use round wonton wrappers, but they're smaller so you'll have to adjust the amount of sauce and cheese you use on each pizza bite accordingly.)
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