This is a sponsored post by Hunt’s tomatoes. All opinions are my own.
When the weather turns cold, we can’t spend as much time outdoors as we do during the warmer seasons, so we love to invite friends over to spend time inside our warm home. Evenings are spent chatting, playing cards and games, watching sports or catching up on favorite shows, and just having fun together.
I want to serve tasty appetizers when we are entertaining, and for it to be easy for everyone to grab some to nosh on without slowing down a conversation or game. Keeping the flow going is my goal as a hostess, so no sit-down dinners that separate everyone with formal seating. Instead, I set up a buffet table with a variety of appetizers and snacks and let them all pick out what they want, when they want.
A really easy dish when entertaining is pizza bites, made with buttery, wholesome biscuit dough filled with seasoning, cheese, and diced tomatoes (for a pizza filling) and some veggies. It’s a very popular dish that guests love, so I also make it for family dinners and holidays, and sometimes use phyllo as an alternative to biscuit dough to mix it up. Either way, it’s incredibly delicious ♥︎
Today, I’m sharing my easy Cheesy Pizza Bites recipe with you to share with your own guests when entertaining.
Cheesy Pizza Bites
1 14.5 oz. can Hunt’s Diced Tomatoes
1/2 bell pepper, diced (any colors- we chose green and yellow)
1/2 small red onion , chopped
1 tsp Italian seasoning
Pinch of garlic powder
Refrigerated biscuit dough
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Optional: pizza toppings of choice (sliced black olives, chopped pepperoni bits, etc)
1. Preheat oven to 325º F.
2. Drain Hunt’s Diced Tomatoes and set aside.
3. Sauté diced peppers and onion in a pan with a tablespoon of olive oil and stir in Italian seasoning and garlic. Cook about 7 minutes, until onions translucent.
4. Separate biscuits and roll out each individual biscuit until flat.
5. Add 2 teaspoons of Hunt’s Diced Tomatoes to each biscuit, top with 2 teaspoons of mozzarella cheese and one teaspoon of veggies of choice.
6. Pull all sides of filled biscuits together and roll into balls. Arrange filled biscuits in a greased cake pan.
7. Bake at 325º F for 15 minutes, until biscuits are golden.
Optional: serve with marinara sauce and extra cheese- enjoy!
Meals I feel good about
I only want to serve my family and friends the best, so I choose ingredients I feel good about. Homemade is always a good way to start, and knowing what goes into my recipes, and getting the best ingredients, is the next step.
I choose Hunt’s Diced Tomatoes because Hunt’s uses non-BPA lined cans, and Hunt’s tomato products are 100% natural and non-GMO. There are no artificial preservatives, and they are grown in California and picked at the peak of ripeness, going from field to can within hours to preserve their fresh flavor- unlike other tomatoes which ripen on the truck.
Hunt’s tomatoes are peeled via a process called FlashSteam™, which means instead of using chemicals, like lye*, Hunt’s peels all its diced, whole, and stewed tomatoes using steam from simple hot water- like our grandmas used to. No chemical by-products are put back into the earth as a result, so even though it’s not the easiest way, Hunt’s believes it’s the right way ♥︎
* Lye peeling is generally recognized as safe by the FDA and has no adverse effects on the healthfulness of tomatoes.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hunt’s. The opinions and text are all mine.