Lately, my teenage son has taken to watching a lot of food videos on Facebook. Why he chooses to do this at school, essentially torturing himself, is beyond me. All I know is that he comes home ravenous, saying things like, "We should have XYZ for dinner."
This is one he's been begging me for, and while he might classify it as a meal, it's really more of an appetizer. Better yet, gameday food. So since Sunday was gameday...
Now, other people might not have this problem, but being the technologically-challenged blonde that I am, I could not find the recipe that went with the video. Until I went to imbed it above, then guess what showed up? That said, I do have a mind of my own, so I just decided to wing it.
Here's what you'll need:
Two cans of of large biscuits, flaky style
Shredded mozzarella cheese
Grated Parmesan cheese
First, preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
You'll also want to spray your bundt/tube pan really well with cooking spray.
Getting in all the little nooks and crannies insures your finished product will come right out of the pan.
Melt your butter. Since I didn't have a recipe, I started with a whole stick of butter, however, I might cut back to 4-6 tablespoons next time. Once your butter is melted, stir in 1 tsp. of Italian seasoning of your choice, perhaps a little garlic salt/powder, maybe even some red pepper flakes for a kick. Whatever sounds good and pizza-ish to you.
Time to unroll your biscuits.
Tear them in half.
Then flatten each half into a thinner version of its former self.
Place a slice of pepperoni in the center.
And top with mozzarella.
Now bring your sides together.
And pinch to make sure the dough is completely sealed.
Then just give it a quick roll between your palms to make it nice and round and toss it into your prepared pan.
This is what it looks like after one can of biscuits.
Now spoon or drizzle on half of your butter mixture over the tops and sprinkle on some Parmesan.
Continue with the second can of biscuits and top that layer off with the remaining butter and more Parmesan.
The video says to bake in a 375 oven for 15 minutes, but after 15 minutes, they didn't look anywhere near done. I ended up baking them for about 20-22 minutes.
I allowed it to sit in the pan for about 5 minutes before inverting it onto a plate.
Then I sprinkled on a little Parmesan and added the sauce.
However, there was also a little bit of this.
Some of the dough didn't cook completely, meaning I took it out of the oven too soon.
***Question for all you bakers***
Next time, should I increase the heat to 400 and keep the baking time about the same, or should I decrease it to 350 and bake it longer, say maybe 30 minutes? Which would be the best way to ensure that all of the dough is cooked?
Here's my critique: While this recipe was easy to make, it does take a little bit of time. Of course, if you have more than one person making the pizza balls, the faster it will go.
The flavor was good. I think the seasoned butter was a nice touch. There was just a little too much dough for my taste, though, so I'm wondering about cutting each biscuit into thirds next time. It would only take me one to know if it still gave me enough dough to work with.
Also, the biscuit dough, while very forgiving and moldable, it had a bit of sweetness to it. I might consider a different type of biscuit next time OR even a tube of the ready-made pizza dough, though I wonder if that would be as pliable.
I would also add a little more cheese, perhaps a mix of mozzarella and Parmesan, and one more slice of pepperoni. Of course, I might not be able to do this if I cut down on the amount of dough I use for each ball. Will have to experiment next time.
And yes, there will be a next time. My grandsons will be all over this one. It's the perfect thing to tide them over while waiting for the big meal at the holidays. Or any other time you have a houseful of hungry kiddos.
Now it's your turn. Do you like to watch those food prep videos? Have you ever tried one of those recipes?