This is the perfect snack for when you're craving something salty and satisfying! Finger food that you eat on the go and that pleases the whole family. My kids love pizza and we usually make our own at home. They like to keep it simple, just plain old cheese pizza and that's a treat already. For this one I stepped up and upgraded a bit on the ingredients!
This time I had a frozen pizza dough that was hanging around in the freezer just waiting for the right recipe to come along. All I had to do was thaw it for a while and pile up the ingredients on top of it. Yes, that simple! After that I made a roll and cut several rounds of pizza bites.
Are you needing something super tasty and quick to cook?
Just head on to the ingredients list and check if you have everything you need in the pantry or fridge. Even if you need to buy something a quick run to the store is worth the while, I promisse!
1 - Brush the pizza dough with the pesto sauce. Be careful not to brush to the edges so it doesn't overflow when you're rolling the pizza before putting it into the oven.
2 - Evenly distribute the sun dried tomatoes and cover with the slices of ham.
3 - Cover with the shredded mozzarella cheese.
4 - Roll the pizza in a thigh roll like you would do for cinnamon rolls, for example. Cut slices of the roll and put them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper so they won't stick. Brush with the melted butter mixed with some garlic powder.
5 - Bake the pizza bites at 400 F for about 20 minutes but keep an eye on them because, as you know, ovens have their own ways and times can be a bit different to each oven.
6 - Remove the pizza bites from the oven and let them cool down for a while. They're really pretty hot on the inside, so be careful! We know kids want to eat as soon as something comes out of the oven but they'll wait for 5 minutes for sure!
I served the bites with a great quality ketchup from Montana Mex. It's all natural, none of the fake stuff and you can really taste it and feel like you're eating a product made from tomatoes that tastes like tomatoes! I'm loving this ketchup and will be buying it whenever I need it. Once you try it you really don't see yourself going over to fake flavors and ingredients. It's worth every cent you pay for it, believe me,
I hope you'll try the recipe out because it's just so easy and tasty that it'll become a staple snack around here! Just look at that melted cheese infused with the pesto flavor...delicious!
I'm so thrilled to share with you one of my go to's for busy weekdays! Sheet pan dinners are the most simple and quick solution when you need to get dinner cooking while the kids are doing their homework and getting everything ready for the next day.
Whatever is your protein of choice you can just add some veggies and get a complete and satisfying meal for the whole family. This time I chose chicken because that was what I had in the freezer. Also, I had frozen green beans and decided to use some potatoes that were forgotten in the pantry and needed to be used.
This quick of meal is also great to use leftover produce that gets stuck in the fridge by the end of the week: just mix it all up, season it and bake.
So, for my sheet pan I used the following ingredients:
Get the sheet pan on the counter and brush it with some oil (I used coconut oil) so the meat and veggies won't stick to the pan. You can also choose to line the pan with some parchment paper, it will work out perfect too.
Just pour all your ingredients in the pan and season them generously. For the chicken I used salt, garlic powder and lemon juice. The veggies were seasoned with salt, pepper, onion flakes and dried parsley. I also added some olive oil and mixed them around so it would spread evenly through the whole vegetable mix.
I also added some extra diced fresh garlic to give them a bit of a kick!
I took the pan to the oven and let it bake for about 20 minutes at 400F. Just keep an eye on that chicken to see if it needs a turn, half way, so it doesn't get dry. I also added some bacon strips at the end and cooked the whole pan for another 10 minutes just to give a chicken a bit of the bacon flavor.
I couldn't get a picture of the whole pan after cooking it because everyone was so hungry that they just dug in and didn't give me enough time to take a picture! I guess that's a good sign, right?
I'll be posting other ideas to use as sheet pan dinners because they really are life savers and, as busy parents, we all need the extra help finding quick tips for healthy weekly meals.
I'm so thrilled to be sharing with all of you a wonderful brand of handcrafted meat products that I just happened to stumble upon! I assure you that what you've known about meat products will change as soon as you try these original and unique creations.
The brand "Man Cave Craft Eats" was created by Nick Beste, a foodie that made the move from rural Minnesota to the University of Minneapolis. His passion for food lead him to realize that the culinary options and eateries in his new town were limited and missing something - original and handcrafted meat products.
The Minneapolis farmers market was the perfect launching platform for these exquisite products that Nick thought were missing from these people's lives! The first day at the market was a success with a complete sold out and then another busy and hectic day followed - this was something worth fighting for! Great quality meat products, with top ingredients and chef created. Creativity was the starting point of a wide variety of bold flavored meat products.
The goal remains the same - to produce the BEST handcrafted meat products possible.
As soon as I was given the possibility of trying out some of the meats I was truly excited. The flavors seemed so out of the ordinary and, at the same time, they seemed like the perfect combinations ever...why wasn't this created before?? Well, Nick was a pioneer and, may I say, a truly successful one!
I received the meat products on a refrigerated package and just the presentation of it told me that I was about to experience something really good, really out of the ordinary. The packaging, the colors, the impact and the image of each one of the products on the boxes is the result of a great design and marketing effort. There is really not any other brand out there of which I would immediately say "Oh, this is an original and eye catching package!" - Cave Man really catches your eye!
See what I mean? Isn't it the most perfectly packaged box of gourmet meats you've ever seen?
When I opened it I was really amazed by these really gorgeous packages. Whenever you're selling something you've got to create a message as soon as the costumer picks up the box or package and this a perfect job! And then you have the flavors, but we'll get to that in a second!
The Man Cave Craft Eats brand offers a wide variety of products from sausage links to premium grinds and raw patties. Next you can go through the full list of products and flavors available. If you go to the brand's website you can look up the locations where these products are avaliable throught the "Find Us" section.
Before going into the products let me just tell you about another huge aspect of the brand. Selling these hand crafted meat products has other purposes than just giving you the option to enjoy them and present them to your friends! The brand proudly supports the Bite Back - Fight Hunger program.
The brand has a social commitment which, I think, really is something that we should all think about whenever buying their products. For each "Cave Man - Craft Eats" product sold, the company offers a single meal to people in need, through their network of partner organizations in the form of monetary help to buy food in bulk.
That is the noble cause the brand decided to pledge and I couldn't be more proud to get the word out and get people to try these truly unique meat delicacies!
Raw sausage links
The New Standard Brat - 4 pack of craft sausage links with a delicious core: fresh pork shoulder with cushion, caramelized onions, thyme and smoked peppercorns slathered in a bath of root beer.
Bacon Beer and Cheddar Cheese - 4 pack of crafted sausage links made from a mix of craft beer, savory cooked bacon and chunks of Cheddar trapped inside a delicious sausage.
Buffalo Style with Blue Cheese - 4 pack craft sausage links infused with the best Buffalo style flavor and huge chunks of blue cheese!