Have you ever had to put on a happy face for hours on end and just feel emotionally drained?
I'm sooo there.
Not that all of it was a show. There was definitely genuine happiness and enjoyment.
But it all sort of runs together after a while.
And the worst part is, I'm only just getting warmed up for this marathon.
You know, stretching the quads & hammies. A few arm circles, a quick jog in place.
And I'm already ready to quit.
I... don't even know what to say to you guys right now.
Except maybe - "Eat these."
It will make us both feel better.
BBQ Chicken Pizza Bites
- 1 1/2 C. shredded cooked chicken breast
- 1/3 C. your favorite barbecue sauce (I like Sweet Baby Ray's), or more to your taste
- 1 can Pillsbury pizza dough (in the refrigerated section) or your favorite pizza dough recipe stretched into a rectangle approximately 12x8
- 1/2 to 2/3 C. mozzarella cheese
- olive oil
- garlic powder & Italian seasoning for dusting
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a pie pan and set aside.
Roll out pizza dough on lightly floured surface, and pat to flatten evenly (the long sides should be horizontal). Using a pizza cutter or sharp knife, make 2 slices to create 3 horizontal rows. Then make 5 slices to create 6 vertical rows (which will make 18 rectangles).*
Divide chicken and mozzarella evenly between dough rectangles, placing filling in the middle of each & being careful not to overstuff them (otherwise you won't be able to close them). Once the filling is in, then pull the sides of the dough into the middle, gathering and pinching together to seal it shut into a ball.
Place balls seam side down in greased pan. When all rolls are in pan, brush tops with about 1 T. of olive oil. Sprinkle with a little garlic powder & Italian seasoning, if desired.
Cook in pre-heated oven for 15-20 minutes or until tops are golden brown. Serve plain or with dipping sauce (such as ranch dressing). Makes 18.
*Note: The original recipe calls for 24 squares but I find that when they're that small it's a little tougher to fill - totally up to you though, that way would make more bites.
Recipe Adapted from Our Best Bites