Saturday, January 7, 2012

Mozzarella Bites in the Cake Pop maker!

It's a gorgeous Saturday here in 'Bama. The sun is shining and it's a comfortable 72 degrees. I turned off the heater in the house. Trying to remain optimistic that winter won't be back for another go around. The older two kids are up in Birmingham today with D and the younger four still seem to think it's cold outside. So I bribed them. Go outside and I'll make a special treat. In some houses, that means a sweet treat. Around here, special is code for melty cheesey goodness.

Leelee first brought up the idea of the mozarella bites in the cake pop maker. I asked her several times if she wanted to try, but she's been overwhelmed with homework this week.

The first batch cooked a smidge too long. They were crunchy, which is great if you like crunchy bread.

This was a really great way to use up more of that pizza yeast. I used one packet of yeast and followed the directions on the back. I kept looking at it thinking something was wrong. It just didn't look like enough. Then I remembered I usually triple the recipe.

After making the dough, tear off about 1/2 tablespoon sized piece and squish it flat like a pizza. Add in a good pinch of cheese. Then seal up the edges and roll around into a ball shape. I used shredded cheese because it's cheap and we go through large volumes of shredded mozzarella.  This recipe would probably be easier using chunks of string cheese.

Next, roll the bread balls in melted butter. This would be a great use for a yummy garlic butter or maybe even an herbed olive oil.

Place them in the pre-heated cake pop maker for about 5 minutes. Longer if you want crunchy.


Serve with an excellent marinara sauce. My preference is for Newman's Own Organic or Victoria's marinara. Victoria's is pretty pricey but sometimes you can find it at Costco. It's one of the few things for which I'm willing to pay a crazy price.



Mozzarella Bites



1 pkg Fleischman's pizza yeast prepared according to package directions
1/2 C shredded Mozzarella
1/4 C melted butter
Marinara sauce

Take 1/2 T portions of pizza dough and flatten to 1/8 inch thickness. Place about 1 t mozzarella cheese in the center of the dough. Fold and seal edges. Roll in your hands to shape like a ball, making sure there are no gaps where the cheese can ooze out.

Roll balls in melted butter, covering evenly.

Place in cake pop maker and bake for approximately 5 minutes. 

Serve with warm with marinara sauce.

Yield: 24


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11 comments:

  1. Great idea! I bet these would be good with a bit of spinach too. Or maybe feta and spinach?

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  2. Those look delicious, I need to do something like that!

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  3. What a great idea. Most definitely will be trying this soon.

    Kelly
    MyTimePassages.com

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  4. Super idea! I love that you used the cake pop baker to cook these.

    Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday this week.

    I can’t wait to see what you link up next week. Have a great day.

    Michelle

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  5. Such a fantastic idea! If only I had a cake pop maker to try this for myself!

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  6. Those look fantastic!

    Thanks for sharing at Beautify It Monday!

    -Four Sisters

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  7. Why didn't I think of that?

    Thanks for sharing this at last week's Drab to Fab party!

    This week's party is now live! Come on back and share more of what you have been working on! (Old or new)

    http://www.amynjesse.com/2012/05/its-time-to-get-our-inspiration-on-i.html

    Have a great weekend! :)

    Amy @ Sugar and Spice

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Thanks and have a great day!