Saturday, October 27, 2012

Pizza Bites

Who's ready for some football!?!?!
Me not so much, but my husband is and that's reason enough to get fired up a little. Plus I'm always down to cook up some game day food in support of his team. It's my little contribution to his all out love affair with the season. Some of the food that is associated with watching the big game can be pretty calorie heavy and really pack on the pounds, but they are go-to's for a reason. They taste delicious. Obviously I couldn't deny my better half, so I adapted a few of the basics and made them without fake ingredients or funny names. Pizza bites are easy, real, and delicious. Not to mention they are a cinch to whip up and take about 20 minutes start to finish! What's not to like?!

Pizza Bites
Created by: me

1 loaf French bread or baguette
1 bunch of spinach
1 ball fresh monzarella, sliced
1 package of dried salami, proscuitto, or other cured italian meat
1 6 oz can of tomato paste
1 capful of Mrs. Dash italian seasoning
Real parmasean cheese, grated
Cracked pepper

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Mix the tomato paste and Mrs. Dash with enough water to make a pizza sauce consistency.  I like mine a little thicker than typical pizza sauce to give the toppings something to grab onto.

Cut the bread on an angle about a 1/2 in thick and arrange on a cookie sheet. I use my pizza stone to make these most of the time but they are equally good on a cookie sheet. The stone just makes the bottoms crispier than the pan does. Spread a tablespoon or so of the sauce on each slice of bread. Then layer the spinach, meat, and mozerella onto each bread slice and top with freshly grated parmasean cheese. Crack some fresh pepper over the entire pan and pop it in the oven for 10-15 mintues. 

Once they are melty and toasted to perfection, pull them out and serve to your adoring fans!

Life is better homemade-

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