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Pizza Blobs

I was flipping through some old online photo albums and remembered that I haven’t shared this tasty recipe with you yet. I discovered it quite a while ago on the cooking blog Alice and the Mock Turtle. I’ve made these several different ways, and although this next pic with the fresh mozzarella looks quite pretty…

I found that the shredded mozzarella works better because it doesn’t all ooze out of the dough like the fresh does. So how do you make these? Well, here’s what you need:

Ingredients:

Ball of dough (I use one package of the Trader Joe’s dough)

Shredded mozarella cheese

Pizza sauce (optional -  I actually like them better without the sauce.)

Fresh basil

Grated parmesan cheese (for sprinkling on top)

Garlic powder

Butter

What to do (modified from Alice and the Mock turtle recipe):

1. If you are using pre-made pizza dough, let sit at room temperature for about 10-15 minutes. Preheat oven to 400 F. Lightly grease two pie plates.
2. Slice mozzarella log into 24 pieces (or not, if you’re using shredded). Set to the side.
3. Dust work surface with flour. Roll pizza dough into a 9×12 rectangle (don’t try to get an exact rectangle, just something that looks like one). Cut the pizza dough into 12 squarish shapes. I recommend using a pizza cutter. Cut the shorter size into 3 strips and the longer side into four.
4. Place cheese and whatever fillings you’re using onto each square. Fold dough corners into middle, like an envelope. Where the corners meet will become the bottom of the blob. Turn over and pinch together any open ends.
5. Place twelve blobs in each prepared pie plate. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
6. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with Parmesan and garlic. (Don’t skip this. It’s what makes the dish!)

And here they are — (this pan has all the fresh mozzarella on top that escaped from inside the balls):

That’s it! Eat them hot. You can really put whatever you want in these guys. My kids love them with cheese only, of course.

Posted Wednesday, September 22, 2010 in Food & Drink

7 Comments »

  1. jen r on September 22nd, 2010 at 9:51 pm:

    thank you for the great idea! i’ll make this with the kiddos this weekend!

  2. sarita on September 23rd, 2010 at 4:55 pm:

    oh now look what you’ve made me do!! drool all over my keyboard!! i will make these for my grandsons (when it gets cool enough to turn the oven on!) THANKS!!

  3. Kimmie on September 29th, 2010 at 12:49 am:

    WHOAH!!! Major yummm. I am definitely trying these…thanks!!

    By the way, I think all the gooey cheese on the outside looks extra yummalicious, so I will try the fresh cheese. I’ll have to splurge though, since cheese is super duper expensive here in Japan.

    Thanks sis! :)

  4. Elaina on September 29th, 2010 at 11:04 am:

    It does look good, but then your pizza balls are completely devoid of cheese, and I think it tastes better to bite into a gooey cheesy pizza ball. You should serve it with that drink I spotted in the Tokyo 7-11 — “Orange with rare cheese flavor”. Ha!

  5. Minnie on January 12th, 2011 at 12:23 pm:

    I can’t wait to try these! I love pizza, all kinds of pizza. This looks like a good change up from the norm.

  6. Mom on June 8th, 2011 at 10:38 am:

    I need an appetizer recipe and these looked like they would fit the bill. I was wondering if you ever tried making a small version or if you think it would work… Thanks!
    Mom

  7. Elaina on June 8th, 2011 at 10:45 am:

    These are better for a kids’ meal at home. They’re too oozy and buttery for an appetizer, and are really best eaten hot out of the oven. I think you should go with the “caprese on a stick” idea. Xoxo.

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