First things first – the reason why the main image for this post is not the best is because I left the room for less than 20 minutes and my family inhaled these Muffin Tin Panzerottis before I could get a good photograph. And by family, I mean my brothers, my dad, my sister in law, and my husband. The only one who should know better (because he lives in a house with a food blogger where nothing gets eaten before double checking that it’s been photographed) is my husband, but that’s a topic for another day.
I also would have taken the time to re-make these panzerottis, except my editor *cough* Jeni Marinucci *cough* tells me that people are desperate at this time of year for easy, tasty, and hearty appetizers and these check all of those boxes – so no time to re-make and re-shoot today. (All true, Ed.) Though I promise you, these are so delicious my family has volunteered me to bring them to every single family function this holiday season so I expect new photos will be up soon!
Simply roll out your store bought pizza dough.
Cut into circles.
Press into muffin tin.
Top with pizza sauce.
Then your favourite pizza toppings.
Shape and press to seal.
Brush with olive oil.
Some will seal better than others... don't stress because they'll all taste delicious!
1 tube, store bought pizza dough (I used Pillsbury)
3/4 - 1 cup pizza sauce (again, I used store bought)
3/4 - 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
10-20 slices pepperoni, sliced into strips
10-15 fresh basil leaves, sliced into strips
2 tbsp olive oil
Non-stick cooking spray
Extra pizza sauce for dipping
On a flat, clean surface, roll out pizza dough using a rolling pin until dough is about ¼ inch thick.
Using a biscuit cutter or a glass, cut out circles of dough.
Spray each muffin cup with non-stick cooking spray and line with a circle of dough. Press down gently so dough comes up the sides (note: you want the dough to cover the majority of the muffin cup so that you will have enough dough to cover your toppings and seal closed).
Top each circle of dough with pizza sauce, cheese, pepperoni and fresh basil.
Using your hands, gently bring all sides of the dough together and press together sealing the panzerotti.
Brush each panzerotti lightly with olive oil.
Bake in pre-heated 400F oven for 15-18 minutes, until crust is golden and crispy.
Let cool slightly, then serve warm with more pizza sauce for dipping.
Looking for more easy crowd pleasing appetizers? Try my yummy Cheesy Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms, my One Pan Whiskey Scallops, my Fresh Chicken Spring Rolls, my Freezable Chicken Taquitos and this easy-peasy Easiest Snowman Cheese Ball You'll Ever Make.