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Pull-Apart Christmas Tree Pizza Bites Appetizer

Make these pull-apart Christmas Tree Pizza Bites to serve as appetizers during the festive season. The pizza ingredients will make this a super hit.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American Inspired, Italian Inspired
Servings: 12
Calories: 126kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb pizza dough

Filling

  • ½ red pepper diced into ¼” pieces
  • 1 jalapeno seeded and diced into ¼” pieces
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese shredded or torn into ½” size
  • ½ tsp Italian seasoning mix

Toppings

  • ½ cup pizza sauce plus more for dipping
  • 2-3 garlic cloves chopped
  • cup basil leaves chopped (or more)
  • 2 tbsp parmesan cheese (or more)

Instructions

  • In a medium mixing bowl combine diced pepper and jalapeno. Then add Italian seasoning mix and some salt to taste. Mix well and keep it aside.
  • Preheat the oven to 425F.
  • Divide the pizza dough into 33 equal parts. Using your fingertips, press the dough ball to form a roughly 3” flat round base. Place some diced pepper-herb mixture and a small piece of mozzarella cheese in the center.
  • Wrap all sides of the dough around the veggie and cheese to form a tightly sealed ball. Now place the dough ball seam side down on the lined baking sheet. Repeat the process with the remaining dough and simultaneously arrange the pizza dough balls into the shape of a Christmas tree.
  • Now spread a thin layer of pizza sauce over the prepared Christmas tree pizza dough.
  • Then add toppings like chopped garlic, basil leaves, and some parmesan cheese. Bake the dough balls in a preheated oven for 12-15 mins.

Notes

  1. Line the baking sheet with parchment paper to avoid pizza bites sticking to the base and for easy cleanup.
  2. Remove excess moisture from diced pepper using a kitchen paper towel before adding herbs and salt. See helpful section for more details.
  3. You can customize the toppings as well as fillings as per your likings.
  4. I use a teaspoon to measure and add veggie mixture fillings. It helps to get even sized pizza bites.

Nutrition

Calories: 126kcal