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Double Cheese Pizza Bites

A finger food so fabulous you can’t eat just one.

from Cooking Smart for a Healthy Heart
Double Cheese Pizza Bites

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  • prep 10 min    cook 30 min
  • serves 24

These personal-size pizzas are loaded with fresh tomato slices and jazzed up with two kinds of cheese, black olives, and fresh herbs. And because these healthy nibbles are on the light side, everyone will still have room for dinner.

Ingredients

  • 2 3/4 to 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 packet rapid-rise yeast
  • 1 cup very warm water (120°F to 130°F)
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 4 ounces fontina cheese, shredded (1 cup)
  • 3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 12 kalamata olives, pitted and cut into slivers
  • Fresh oregano leaves

    How to make it  40 minutes


  • 1

    Mix 1 cup flour, sugar, and yeast in bowl. Stir in the water and oil until blended. Pulse 1 3/4 cups flour and salt in food processor to mix. Add yeast mixture and pulse until blended. With motor running, add remaining flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, until soft dough forms (you will need to process about 2 minutes). Dough is ready when it comes together in a ball.

  • 2

    Dust work surface lightly with flour. Turn out dough and knead until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. Roll dough into 1 1/2-inch balls in your hands. Then flatten into 3-inch rounds. Cover with clean kitchen towel; let rest 10 minutes.

  • 3

    Preheat oven to 450°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Divide dough into 4 pieces. Wrap 3 in plastic; refrigerate. Cut remaining dough into 12 equal pieces; shape each into 1 1/2-inch ball. Arrange on baking sheets; flatten into 3-inch rounds. Lightly coat with nonstick cooking spray.

  • 4

    Cut tomatoes into thin slices, then fan out slices. Top each pizza with 2 or 3 slices. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon fontina, a little Parmesan, plus a few olive slivers and oregano leaves. Bake until bubbly and crust is golden, about 10 minutes. Repeat with remaining dough. Serve 2 pizza bites per person.

Healthy Cooking Tip

To keep dough from sticking to the food processor, lightly coat the inside of the bowl with nonstick cooking spray. When working with yeast, it is important not to have the water too hot, or it will kill the yeast, giving you non-lustier dough.

Nutritional Information(per serving)

  • Calories: 89
  • Fat: 3g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 6mg
  • Sodium: 132mg
  • Carbs: 13g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Fiber: 1g

Olives have healthful monounsaturated fat, which tends to lower LDLs (the “bad” cholesterol), thus helping to prevent formation of artery-clogging plaque, which increases the risk of heart disease.