An Italian Pizza Bite! (GF, Vegan)

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Before my celiac diagnosis, I worked in a pizza shop. Ironic, right? Those of you who follow my blog know I can be a complete Amelia Bedelia in the kitchen. Plus, I used to hate cooking. So the better question is how did I end up making pizzas until one in the morning? And, why would anyone trust me in the kitchen?

I wasn’t amazing at making pizzas, nor was I a pizza enthusiast. Instead, I simply made fool-proof personal pizzas at an à-la-carte location on my college campus. The hours were great, and the pay was good too. Along the way, I might have learned some popular topping combinations, but nothing about how to actually make a pizza!

So, when my favorite party, The Novice Gardener’s Fiesta Friday, proposed its first friendly challenge to create a recipe using yeast and herbs, I didn’t know the first thing about yeast or pizza dough. But after awhile of pondering, influence from the Minimalist Baker’s Best Gluten Free Pizza Crust, multiple trials, and some brainstorming with my mom, I present Italian pizza bites.

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Gone in three bites, these mini pizzas brought me back to my days of enjoying Italian food! The herbs add a lot of flavor, and bring the traditional Italian feel. And, who can resist fresh vegetables?!  While my Italian Pizza Bites are free of my allergens, you could always adjust the herbs to include rosemary or add some cheese on top!

So let’s start cooking!

Italian Pizza Bites Recipe

Allergens: Free of Gluten and the Big 8!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of Superfine White Rice Flour
  • 1 cup of Sorghum Flour
  • ½ cup of Corn Flour
  • ½ tsp. Fresh Oregano, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp. Fresh Thyme, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp. Fresh Basil, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • ½ tsp. Baking Powder
  • 3 Tbsp. Sugar, divided
  • 1 Tbsp. Yeast (Bob’s Red Mill’s Active Dry Yeast)
  • 1¼ cup Warm Water, divided
  • 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil & Extra for coating
  • Marinara Sauce
  • Vegetables
    • Grape Tomatoes, sliced
    • Mushrooms, thinly sliced
    • Yellow and Orange Peppers, chopped
    • Scallions, chopped
  • Optional: Shredded Cheese for the dairy consuming folk, and any other pizza toppings of your choosing.

Procedure

  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Lightly coat a (large) muffin tin with olive oil. (Or 3, you can make up to 18 pizza bites!)
  3. Whisk the three flours, finely chopped herbs, salt, baking powder, and 2 Tbsp. of sugar until consistent. Screen Shot 2014-05-22 at 10.18.21 AM
  4. Combine yeast and ¾ cup of water in warm water (not too hot!). When you run the warm water over your wrist, it should feel slightly warmer than your body temperature. Let sit for 5 minutes. Add in 1 Tbsp. of warm water after 3 minutes. Screen Shot 2014-05-22 at 10.25.39 AM
  5. Make a well in the the dry mixture. Add, yeast mixture, 1 Tbsp. olive oil, and ½ cup of warm water. Mix with a wooden spoon.IMG_0038
  6. Line the bottom of each hole of the muffin tin with a thin layer of dough (≈¼ in thick). Cook for 5 minutes. IMG_0047
  7. Remove tin from the oven. Add marinara sauce to the center of each pizza bite. Then top with sliced vegetables. Sprinkle olive oil, salt, and pepper on top.Screen Shot 2014-05-22 at 11.13.15 AM
  8. Cook for another 17-20 minutes. Remove from oven.
  9. Garnish with fresh herbs, serve warm, and enjoy!

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”Fiesta
That concludes my entry for the first Fiesta Friday Challenge! And since I’ll be enjoying these all day on Friday, I’m bringing them to this week’s fiesta as well. I cannot wait to see what everyone else brings to the party this week. 🙂

Have an Awesome Weekend!

P.S.: If you follow my journey you’d know I’m much less of an Amelia Bedelia in the kitchen now, although I can still be a goofball. But, to be safe my family & friends test out my recipes before I post them too, so feel free to give them a try. And, let me know any suggestions you may have! My current favorites are Chocolate Chip Banana Bread and Cozy Gingerbread Cookies. 🙂

52 thoughts on “An Italian Pizza Bite! (GF, Vegan)

  1. These look great! I think it’s awesome you made the dough from scratch. I used to have my own local gluten free pizza/bread company in high school so I know how tricky it is to make the crust!! Congrats on a job well done 🙂

    1. Awh, thanks! It’s awesome that you had your own local gluten free pizza/bread company in high school. You must be a pro! I’m just starting to delve into gluten free breads/crusts. Let me know if you have any general tips or tricks! 🙂

      1. If you haven’t tried it yet, I recommend Xanthan gum. It helps create a chewy consistency and the bread won’t crumble as much!

  2. Wow – so cool! Made in a muffin tin? This is a wonderful idea! Actually I love this idea because I would probably not eat as much pizza! (only probably) Beautiful post for the challenge! 😀

    1. Awh, thanks! Yep, the muffin tin helps with so much from shaping to consistent sizing for presentation. My favorite part is that each bite can have it’s own toppings. So at least if you ate the same amount of pizza, you could have a bunch of different flavors. 🙂

  3. I never heard of pizza bites made in muffin tins. This is so cool, Kaila! And GF and vegan pizza bites? Sounds really good! Make it two bites for me! 😀

    Thank you for bringing these to FF! 🙂

    1. Thanks! The muffin tins helps them all have a consistent size too! While this batch was vegan, I’m thinking they would be tasty with sausage on top too. 🙂

  4. Awesome idea! I’ve never used yeast for non-glutinous flours, but I like gluten-free baking, and would love to try this. thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks! This was my first adventure baking with yeast, but I think it’s a great idea for GF flours. There’s a few recipes out there that I’d love to try out for breads as well, but pizza was a much more manageable first step! 🙂

    1. Thanks! The best part about the yeast and herb challenge is trying something new. I wouldn’t instinctively think to put herbs in the pizza dough, but in the end, that’s what makes them so flavorful. While allergy-filled for me, your Fontina Focaccia with Garlic Herb Oil looked delicious as well! 🙂

  5. Hi Kaila! I love these little pizza bites – just the perfect thing for Fiesta Friday! Making them in the muffin tins is quite simply genius! Thanks so much for sharing these with us!!

    1. Hi Selma! Thank you so much! I seem to put everything in a muffin tin, except muffins. 🙂 I haven’t made too many of those yet. Have an awesome weekend and Happy Fiesta Friday!!

  6. Nice to see a gluten free pizza crust recipe. and I love the bite sized technique with the muffin tin. Clever girl! It’s so cool that there are quite a few cooks in Fiesta Friday who cook gluten free … I feel like my food choices have gotten a little bigger! Nice to meet you. Happy Fiesta Friday!

    1. Awh yes, I loved the GF & DF Lemon and Olive Oil Cake from last week as well! All my recipes are free of my allergens, which is quite a list, and gluten because I have Celiac Disease. I stopped by your About Me page to see if you were a celiac like me, and I absolutely love the name FireBonnet! I can’t wait to look around some more because I love your sense of humor as well. Happy Fiesta Friday!! 🙂

      1. Thanks so much! No I don’t have celiac disease… I just have joint problems and wheat etc, create problems with inflammation (I actually had a hip replacement a year ago due to arthritis and I don’t want to develop arthritis anywhere else). I stay away from sugar and high glycemic stuff as well. It’s great meeting a new friend!

    2. Always great to meet a new friends as well! A hip replacement doesn’t sound very fun. I definitely don’t stay away from sugar, but sometimes my recipes naturally will! 🙂

  7. Well don’t these look tasty! 🙂 Send some over to me please, also 37 comments on your blog posts, I’m fangirling over your success!!! And how funny, I WORKED AT A PIZZERIA/ITALIAN PLACE the summer before my diagnosis!

    1. AHHHH! That’s crazy! It’s like were twins. 😀 And, thanks! A bunch of the visitors are from the Novice Gardener’s Fiesta Friday. I love joining her party (even though it’s not specifically gluten free) because everyone is so inviting. You should definitely check it out! 🙂

    1. Let me know how it goes! I haven’t made it in a big pizza form yet, but the Minimalist Baker’s Best Gluten Free Pizza Crust recipe that I based it off of has. (Although, I used pretty much none of the same flours). Happy (almost) Weekend!

  8. Wow ! These look absolutely amazing Kaila!
    I’m a huge fan of anything pizza or pasta related and so is my boyfriend. He’s been very understanding and accommodating with this new lifestyle change I’ve had to do and loves pizza so I will have to cook these up so we can both enjoy!

    1. Thank you, Brittany! Having supportive family and friends makes any dietary change so much easier. I love when I get texts of new products at supermarkets, messages of Pinterest recipes, and the like. Let me know if you give them a try! I’d love any feedback you have! 🙂

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