Mini Deep Dish Pizzas

It’s impossible to make too many of these mini deep dish pizzas. They’re perfect for the big game or any get-together. They’re easy to make, and with a little imagination, you can make a variety of them to please anyone. We decided to go the simple route and just top these pizzas with cheese and mini pepperonis. We both thought they were fantastic.
Mini Deep Dish PizzasMake sure you leave the mini deep dish pizzas in the oven long enough to get a bit of a crunchy crust on them. They’ll also get a bit more crunchy after you take them out of the oven and cool a bit.

Also try my homemade pizza rolls.

Mini Deep Dish Pizzas

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Main
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 32 mini-pizzas

Ingredients

  • 4 8-inch flour tortillas
  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 36-48 mini pepperonis
  • Dried Italian seasoning or oregano crumbled (optional)
  • Dried red pepper flake optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 F.
  • Spray a muffin pan with non-stick spray.
  • Working in batches, cut the tortillas into 2" circles using a circular cookie cutter.
  • Press the tortillas into the bottom of the muffin tins.
  • Top with a little pizza sauce, the cheeses, pepperonis and seasonings.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the cheese has melted.
  • Let cool slightly before removing and serving.

Parmesan Chicken Bites

Anita mentioned these Parmesan chicken bites the other day. I made them a long time ago and posted them on our old blog, Crossroads of America, and somehow had forgotten about them. That’s a shame because they’re really great. They aren’t nuggets like you might think. And they aren’t crunchy because they aren’t fried. They have a light coating, with a great herb-and-butter flavor. They are very addicting.
Parmesan Chicken BitesI continued the herb theme and served these Parmesan chicken bites with a cool Ranch dressing for dipping. A Dijon dipping sauce also works great, as does blue cheese. These little yummy morsels are a great alternative to deep-fried chicken nuggets.

Want ’em crunchy? Try my homemade chicken nuggets.

Parmesan Chicken Bites

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves trimmed and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup fine dry breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted
  • Your favorite dipping sauce

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 F. Line two baking sheets with aluminum foil.
  • Combine the breadcrumbs, cheese, salt, thyme and basil and spread out in a pie plate.
  • Working in batches, dip the chicken pieces into the melted butter and shake off the excess. Roll in the breadcrumb mixture.
  • Place chicken on foil and bake for 10-15 minutes or until the thickest pieces are cooked.
  • Serve with your favorite chicken nugget dipping sauce.

Fiesta Tortilla Wrap Bites

A few times a year Anita and I take a drive down to the Exit 76 Antique Mall in Edinburgh, Indiana. About 30 minutes or so south of Indianapolis, the mall is stuffed with tons and tons of antiques, collectibles, arts, crafts, toys… just about anything you can imagine. To maximize our browsing time I like to pack quick and easy lunches, like these Fiesta tortilla wrap bites. They’re easy to make but full of flavor. And they travel well.

The antique mall has a little sitting area (it actually used to be a Subway sandwich shop) with tables that are perfect for grabbing a bite to eat before antiquing.
Fiesta Tortilla Wrap BitesThe filling used in these wraps can be used for other treats too. Like for topping cut cucumbers, or as a dip. It’d also be great as the filling for a grilled cheese sandwich. Or on top of hot dogs. It’s great stuff.

Also try my grilled chicken wrap with southwestern dipping sauce.

Fiesta Tortilla Wrap Bites

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 30 or so bites
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces light cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup light sour cream
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1/4 cup each green red, and yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup black olives chopped
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 5 8 " tortillas or wraps

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients except for the tortillas in a large bowl and mix well.
  • Divide mixture between the tortillas.
  • Tightly roll the tortillas and wrap in plastic wrap.
  • Refrigerate for 2-8 hours to let the wraps set up then slice as desired.

Flower Pretzel Bites

I’m always on the lookout for something cute to make for Easter. Like deviled pastel eggs. When I came across these flower pretzel bites I quickly added the three ingredients (!) to the grocery store list on my phone. Now, to make a batch of these you’re going to need some time, but it’s worth it. And they’re very fun to make too.

I mixed it up. Some yellow petals. A few pink. Some blue. Go crazy. And they don’t have to be perfect. What you end up with are pretty, crunchy, chocolately single-bite morsels of happiness!
Flower Pretzel BitesIf you’re super duper picky, make sure you place the candies so that the ‘m’ is turned down.

Another favorite Easter-time treat of mine is my Peeps-stuffed Oreos. Yes. Peep-stuffed Oreos. Boom. At Christmas time I make a treat similar to these flower pretzel bites, reindeer noses.

Flower Pretzel Bites

Author Mike

Instructions

  • First thing you want to do is put the ingredients into 3 different bowls, leaving out any broken pretzels, chocolates or candies.

Working in batches:

  • Top the pretzels with the white chocolate melts and place on a microwave safe plate. Microwave on 50% (I found that the defrost setting also works well) until the chocolates are melted.
  • Carefully remove the plate (it might be hot!).
  • Place a single M&M in the center of each melt and press it down just slightly. Add 6-7 more candies around the edges.
  • Place the plate into the fridge until the candies are set. You can also leave them out at room temperature to set, but they'll take a little longer to do so.

Chipotle BLT Bites

It’s that great time of year when tomatoes are plentiful. And when I think tomatoes, I think BLTs. But not necessarily BLT sandwiches. These little chipotle BLT bites pack all the great flavors of a BLT sandwich in a single pop-in-your-mouth bite, and of course, they come with a little kick. They take a little time to make, but the effort is worth it. Scooping out cherry tomatoes is not necessarily the funnest thing to do, so grab your spouse and a few cocktails and make a party out of it. Or, use slightly bigger tomatoes and make the job easier.
Chipotle BLT BitesThe chipotle mayonnaise really makes these bites something fantastic. Sure, you can omit the chipotles and use just straight mayonnaise. Either way, they are great little appetizers for your next cookout or family get-together.

Looking for something a little more substantial than a lil ole bite? Try my bacon weave BLTs!

Chipotle BLT Bites

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 32 bites

Ingredients

  • 2 pints cherry tomatoes rinsed
  • 1 cup romaine lettuce leaves chopped or torn into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 chipotle chile or more in adobo sauce, finely chopped
  • Kosher salt
  • 6 slices thin-sliced bacon cooked, crumbled

Instructions

  • Lay the tomatoes out so they stand up. Cut about 1/3rd of the tops off and scoop out the insides (I used the tip of a small sharp knife).
  • Place a small piece of lettuce inside each tomato.
  • Combine the mayo and chipotle. We love chipotle, so I doubled the amount. Transfer to a pastry bag, and squeeze into each tomato.
  • Sprinkle tomatoes with salt.
  • Top each tomato with bacon.

Snicker’s Cheesecake Bars

Oh me. These little Snicker’s cheesecake bars are dangerously good. Oooey gooeyness from the Snicker’s. Creaminess from the cream cheese. A little crunch from the Oreo crust. Yowsa. The problem (if there is such a thing) with little bites like these is that it’s easy to lose track of how many you’ve had.

Snicker's Cheesecake BarsI plan on making other versions of these bars. The base recipe is so simple, lending itself to using all sorts of other candy bars. But, I have to say, this Snicker’s version is pretty darned good and maybe shouldn’t be messed with.

Also try my sweetheart buddies.

Snicker's Cheesecake Bars

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings 16

Ingredients

For the crust

  • 20 Oreos
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter melted

For the filling

  • 2 8 ounce packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 13 fun size Snickers bars chopped

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Tear off a piece of aluminum foil that is a few inches larger than a 9" x 9" baking pan. You want some of the foil to hang over the sides because you'll use it as a 'handle' to remove the bars later.
  • Place the Oreos in a blender or food blender and pulse until they form a fine crumb. Transfer to a medium-sized bowl.
  • Add butter to Oreo crumbs and stir.
  • Pour mixture into the baking pan and flatten out using a spatula. Press down to make a dense crust.
  • Place pan into the oven and bake 9-10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.
  • Meanwhile, make the filling by beating the cream cheese, egg, sugar, and vanilla extract in a mixer for 3 minutes.
  • Gently fold in the Snickers.
  • Once the baked crust has cooled completely, spread the Snicker's mixture over the crust, pressing into the corners.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes (ours only took 30) until the cheesecake has started to brown just a little on top.
  • Remove from oven and let cool before then placing into the fridge for 3 hours.
  • Remove the cheesecake from the pan by grabbing two sides of the overhanging foil and pulling upwards. The cake should pull out easily. Place onto a cutting board.
  • Cut cheesecake into 16 bite-sized pieces.