Appetizers

In the past few years we have rung in the New Year at 6pm and then put the kids to bed. Now that Matthew can tell time he is wise to us and we might have to let the boys stay up till 9 or 10 (yikes!) Ignorance is bliss – why on earth did we have to show him how to read his Spiderman watch????

As long as we have to be up and the kids want a party I thought I should put them to work making some appetizers. Here are three great ideas we came up with for the toddler party set:

–       Mini roasted veggie pizzas

–       Mini garlic knots

–       Sweet cinnamon sticks

3 great apps from plain old pizza dough – easy, cheap, fun to make – and I am pretty confident the little angels will eat them….

MINI ROASTED VEGGIE PIZZAS

Ingredients

1 medium onion

1 red pepper

2 1/2 Tbsp olive oil, plus more for brushing

Salt & Pepper

1 pkg. fresh pizza dough

Flour for dusting

1 cup mozzarella cheese, grated

2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese, grated

2 Tbsp fresh basil, chopped, optional

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Cut onion and pepper in large chunks and toss with 2 tbsp of olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast vegetables on baking sheet until carmelized, about 25 minutes. Puree with 1/2 tbsp of olive oil, set aside. Wipe baking sheet and add lightly oil.

Roll out pizza dough – use flour as needed so dough does not stick to rolling pin. Cut out 3” rounds with cookie cutter or upside down glass or bowl.

Top with vegetable puree first, then the mozzarella and lastly sprinkle with grated parmesan and fresh basil.

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Bake at 500 degrees for approximately 12 minutes until crust is golden brown.

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And the VERDICT is:

Matthew: I guess I like it Mommy

Liam: I want big pizza, not little! I’m not eating this. The sauce made me stop eating it, not my fault!

Dylan: Hey, there is no cheese on this, where is the cheese!?

 

MINI GARLIC KNOTS

Ingredients

1/2 cup unsalted butter, plus more for brushing

1 package fresh pizza dough

Flour for dusting

3 Tbsp minced garlic

1 1/2 Tbsp dried oregano

Sea Salt

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Lightly oil a baking sheet.

Roll out pizza dough – use flour as needed so dough does not stick to rolling pin. Cut into 4 “ strips and tie into tiny knots. Bake for approximately 12-15 minutes until golden.

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In a small saucepan, combine butter and garlic. Heat until butter melts and garlic is fragrant, about 5 minutes. Do not boil. Transfer to a large bowl and mix in oregano.

Toss warm knots in bowl with butter mixture. Sprinkle with salt.

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And the VERDICT is:

Matthew: Just like the pizza place!

Liam: Too hot – but I am eating it anyway….

Dylan: I want 5 or 10

 

SWEET CINAMMON STICKS

Ingredients

1 package fresh pizza dough

Flour for dusting

2 Tbsp butter, melted

1 Tbsp honey

2 Tbsp sugar

1/2 tsp cinnamon

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Roll out pizza dough – use flour as needed so dough does not stick to rolling pin. Cut into 6“ strips (about 1/2 inch wide) and lay out on baking sheet.

In a small bowl mix butter and honey. In a separate bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon. Brush dough with butter mixture and generously sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.

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Bake until sticks are browned, approximately 15 minutes. Serve alone or with vanilla ice cream.

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And the VERDICT is:

Matthew: It’s better dipped in the ice cream!

Liam: It makes me cough and get sick (funny, he ate 2!)

Dylan: Tastes like a frozen ice pop, gimme another stick!

And the clear winner – GARLIC KNOTS!

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4 thoughts on “Appetizers

  1. Obviously Dylan got a dud pizza because there’s lots of cheese on those in the picture. However, I have to agree with Liam – vegetable puree totally ruins the sauce and there’s no way that can be his fault 🙂

    I hope you’re making a list of all the items you’re going to be making when I visit – appetizers: garlic knots, it is!

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