I’m in love.
With Christmas Break, that is.
No lunches to pack.
No homework to (grab a calculator and) check.
No ballet, no carpooling, no swimming.
No formal bedtimes (unless you count “when Home Alone is over”).
Lots of kitchen helpers.
Lots of Christmas crafts.
Lots of dancing and singing and laughing and sneaking stale candy off of the gingerbread house when no one is looking.
Lots of parties.
We have an impromptu gathering tonight of families from our church and instead of doing dinner, we’re all bringing appetizers.
I’m told appetizers are things you eat to prepare to eat.
I never make them for the simple fact: we are always prepared to eat.
And we are always eating while we prepare.
This is a foolproof, semi-homemade, kid-friendly, healthy-as-you-want-to-make-it recipe that is just perfect for parties.
Some call it an appetizer.
But if you eat enough of them (and you will),
You can call it dinner.
Or what you sandwich between Home Alone and candy cane sugar cookies.
Makes 20 pockets
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- 16 oz. of your favorite wheat pizza dough (store bought—we used Trader Joe’s—or homemade)
- 1 c. non-dairy or organic mozzarella cheese cubes (cut into 20 cubes)
- Your favorite pizza toppings, e.g. sliced olives, artichoke hearts, broccoli florets, pineapple tidbits, chopped bell pepper, etc.
- 1 T. organic butter, melted or extra virgin olive oil
- 1 t. garlic salt
- 1/2 t. Italian seasoning
- Grated Parmesan cheese or nutritional yeast (optional)
- 1 c. marinara or pizza sauce, gently warmed
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Prepare dough according to package directions or recipe (you want it to be fully proofed before starting).
Cut the pizza dough into 20 pieces of about the same size. Take one of the dough pieces, top with a cube of cheese and desired fillings. Do not overfill—1 topping per bite may be your max. Pull the edges of the dough around the fillings until closed into a ball.
Place fill dough pieces in a 9 inch pie plate that has been lightly greased. Repeat with remaining dough.
Drizzle the tops of the dough balls with melted butter or olive oil. Sprinkle with garlic salt, Italian seasoning and Parmesan cheese or nutritional yeast, if desired. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the tops are just starting to brown. Serve with red sauce for dipping.
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