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Meatball Pizza Bites
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Meatball Pizza Bites

A tasty Meatball Pizza Bites recipe made with authentic Italian meatballs, pizza dough, mozzarella cheese, and homemade marinara sauce. These pizza bites are the perfect game day finger food to feed a crowd, and it’s very kid-friendly.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Servings 12


Meatball Pizza Bites:

  • 1 package refrigerated classic pizza crust, (about 13.08 oz)
  • 1 package Carando Meatballs , (12 pieces total)
  • 6-12 slices fresh mozzarella cheese , (cut in a quarter per slice)

Meatball Sauce or Marinara Sauce:

  • 1 can (28 oz) San Marzano Tomatoes
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup fresh basil leaves , (loosely packed)
  • ¼ tsp dried oregano
  • 4 cloves garlic, (sliced)
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ½ tsp salt, (use more according to your liking)
  • optional: a pinch of red pepper flakes

Garlic Parmesan Butter Oil:

  • 1 tbsp unsalted Butter
  • 2 cloves garlic , (minced)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • grated parmesan cheese


Cook the Carando Meatballs:

  • Cook the meatballs in the oven according to the product packaging.

Cook the Meatball Sauce:

  • In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat and when it’s hot, add onion and garlic. Keep stirring for about 2 minutes then add tomato, oregano, basil, the optional red pepper flakes and bring the sauce to a simmer on low heat until the sauce is thickened (takes about 20 minutes). Don't forget to stir to prevent burning. Remove basil leaves before serving.

Cut the Pizza Dough:

  • Let dough stand at room temperature until softened or follow the dough product packaging instructions.
  • Cut the dough into 4 sections of about 3.5-4 inches wide by 3.5-4 inches tall (or enough to cover a meatball and cheese)

Cut the Mozzarella Cheese:

  • Cut each mozzarella cheese slice into 4 sections.

Wrap the Meatball and Cheese with Pizza Dough:

  • Place each dough section on the table and add at least 2 slices of the mozzarella cheese. Then add a meatball on top and use your hand to fold the dough/cheese fully around the meatball so it’s nice and round.

Cook the Meatball Pizza Bites:

  • Place meatballs on greased baking sheets with the seam side down, then pinch dough firmly to seal. Cook for about 10-12 minutes (or according to the pizza dough product packaging).

Make the Garlic Butter:

  • Combine garlic, butter, and oil in a microwave-safe dish and heat for 1 minute.

To Serve:

  • Remove from the heat and brush with garlic butter oil and sprinkle with some Parmesan cheese. Serve the Meatball Pizza Bites with marinara sauce.
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