Thursday, May 17, 2012

Homemade Pizza Bagel Bites

Have you ever tried the Bagel Bites from the freezer section of the store? There are nine little bagels covered in pizza toppings per package. You reheat them in the oven or microwave. But looking at the ingredient list, there are also all kinds of yucky, unpronounceable ingredients.

I just couldn't bring myself to buy them for my kids not snack on, not when they are so easy to make at home. Not to mention cheaper.

Here's what you need:

Whole wheat mini bagels (I used the Thomas brand), I think there were 12-14 in the bag
1/2 a package of turkey pepperoni slices
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 1/2 cups pizza sauce

Split the mini bagels in half and place cut side up on a baking sheet or two. I lined my sheets with parchment paper so they didn't stick after being frozen.

In a food processor, combine the pepperoni slices and shredded cheese. Pulse a few times until the pieces are small and well-mixed.

Transfer to a bowl, then add the pizza sauce and mix well. Place a heaping tablespoon of the mixture on each bagel half. Go back and press the toppings down so they stick to the bagel. It is much easier and quicker to top the bagels this way, instead of spreading sauce on each one, then pepperoni and then cheese.

Place the baking sheets into the freezer until the bagels are frozen. Then remove them from the sheets and store in plastic freezer bags.

To serve, take the desired number of mini pizzas from the bag. Place on a baking sheet and bake at 425 degrees for 10-15 minutes until warm and melty.

I love that these are made with healthier ingredients than the store-bought ones. And they're so easy! I think it took me about 10 minutes from start to finish to get two dozen bagel bites in the freezer. And the results were delicious!

Mr. Lego certainly enjoyed them!

I'm linking this post to Miz Helen's Country Cottage and her Full Plate Thursday linky!