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3-Ingredient Mini Puff Pastry Pizzas – Pizza Bites

An easy little snack, that’s super simple to make. Mini Puff Pastry Pizzas are great for after school, picnics or lunchboxes and take less than 30 minutes to make.

Overhead view of mini puff pastry pizzas laid out on a wooden bboard with more in the corner in a tin. Surrounded by ingredients.

What Makes This Recipe Great!

  • Great For A Party Buffet – In Italy, you’ll often find puff pastry pizzas being served as part of a buffet for children’s parties.

  • Easy To Make – With very few steps, even beginners can make these simple pizzas.

  • Switch Up The Flavours – We make ours simple red pizzas, but you can add other toppings to suit your tastes.

About This Recipe – In More Detail

When in Rome, we often visit the bakeries and buy these little pastry pizzas as snacks. You can bring the tastes of an Italian bakery to your own kitchen with simple ingredients that you will find in most grocery stores or supermarkets.

Known as red pizzas or “Pizze Rosse” I keep our little pizzas simple, with only a spoonful of Homemade Pizza Sauce on top of a base of flaky puff pastry in place of pizza dough. I then bake these little pizzas in the oven until puffy and golden. Perfect to satisfy a pizza craving after school snacks or to serve at your next party.  

You can eat them hot or cold, top with buffalo cheese or fresh basil leaves and serve them as part of a buffet, snacks or in lunchboxes. Puff Pastry Pizza Bites are most certainly kid-approved in our Little Home.

And, if you want more puff pastry snacks the kids will love, check out these Sausage, Bean and Cheese Melts next!


Equipment Needed

  • Rolling Pin: Used to roll out a sheet of puff pastry on a lightly floured surface to create mini pizza bases; any suitable rolling pin can be used.
  • Baking Sheet: Used to place the puff pastry bases; line with parchment paper to prevent sticking.
  • Round Cutter or Shape of Choice: Used to cut the rolled puff pastry into smaller portions; any suitable cutter or shape can be used.
  • Spoon: To spoon the passata pizza sauce onto each puff pastry base, spreading it evenly.
  • Cooling Rack: Used to allow the mini puff pastry pizzas to cool for a few minutes before serving.

Ingredients

A labelled photo of all the ingredients needed to make puff pastry pizzas.
  • Puff Pastry: Serves as the base for the mini pizzas. It bakes into a flaky and golden crust, providing a delicious foundation. You can buy it as a block and roll it out yourself or buy a pre-rolled puff pastry sheet for quickness and ease.
  • Passata Pizza Sauce: A homemade tomato sauce for the pizzas, spread generously on the puff pastry bases. It gives you that traditional pizza flavour. You can use a store-bought Pizza sauce if you prefer.
  • Fresh Basil Leaves (Optional): Used as a topping after baking, the fresh basil leaves add a burst of flavour and vibrant colour to the mini puff pastry pizzas.
  • Other Toppings: Feel free to get creative with your toppings to suit your tastes, you can add a little grated mozzarella,

Additions

Feel free to get creative with your favourite pizza toppings to suit your tastes. Here are some suggestions:

  • Mozzarella Cheese: Add a little grated mozzarella before baking for mini Margherita Pizzas
  • Buffalo Mozzarella: Can be added post baking for a fresh cheesy flavour.
  • Parmesan Cheese: A little finely grated parmesan cheese will add extra Italian flavour.
  • Pepperoni Pizza: For a meaty option add a little pepperoni slices or Milano salami to each pizza before baking.
  • Olives: Add black olives for flavour.
  • Anchovies: Adding an anchovy before baking will give you a salty kick. You can add it whole or chop it up and add it to the sauce.


Step-By-Step Guide – How To Make Mini Puff Pastry Pizzas

Step 1: Preheat the Oven

  • Preheat your oven to 200°C (180°C fan) or 400°F.

Step 2: Roll Out Puff Pastry

  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out the puff pastry to create mini pizza bases.
  • Aim for a thickness of approximately 3 to 6 mm (1/8 to 1/4 inch).
  • Use a round cutter or a shape of your choice to cut the pastry into smaller portions.
Two hands are using a rolling pin to roll out puff pastry on a floured surface.
A hand is lifting the corner of a rolled out puff pastry sheet to show the thickness.
A hand is holding a disc of puff pastry to show the size.
An overhead view of 12 discs of puff pastry on a floured surface.

Step 3: Arrange on Baking Sheet

  • Place the puff pastry bases on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Step 4: Sauce and Spread

  • Spoon a generous amount of passata pizza sauce onto each puff pastry base.
  • Spread the sauce evenly with the back of a spoon, leaving a small border around the edges.
An overhead view of a lined baking sheet with 12 puff pastry circles laid out on it.
A hand is using a spoon to place a portion of pizza sauce on a circle of puff pastry.
A hand is holding a lined baking tray with 12 mini pizzas on top covered in sauce and ready to go into the oven.

Step 5: Bake Puff Pastry Bases

  • Bake the puff pastry bases in the preheated oven for approximately 12-15 minutes or until they are golden and puffed up.

Step 6: Prepare Fresh Basil

  • While the mini puff pastry pizzas are baking, wash and prepare the fresh basil leaves.

Step 7: Add Fresh Basil

  • Once the puff pastry pizzas are done, remove them from the oven.
  • Immediately place fresh basil leaves on top for a burst of flavour and colour.

Step 8: Allow to Cool

  • Allow the mini puff pastry pizzas to cool on a wire rack for a few minutes before serving.
A hand is placing a fresh basil leaf on a mini pizza.

FAQ

Is it necessary to preheat the oven before baking the puff pastry pizzas?

Yes, preheating ensures even baking and helps the puff pastry achieve a golden and flaky texture.

Can I use pre-made pizza sauce instead of homemade passata pizza sauce?

Yes, pre-made pizza sauce is a convenient alternative and fine to use.


Pro Tips and Guidance

  • Keep it Cold: Ensure your puff pastry stays chilled. Work quickly and return un-used pastry to the fridge.
  • Light Flour Dusting: When rolling out the puff pastry, use a light dusting of flour to prevent sticking.
  • Consistent Thickness: Aim for uniform thickness when rolling out the pastry for even baking.
  • Edge Leave-Out: Leave a little bit of a border around the edges when spreading pizza sauce to prevent overflow.
  • Hot Start: Ensure the oven is fully preheated before baking for desired puff and golden brown colour.
  • Let Them Set: Allow the mini puff pastry pizzas to cool briefly before serving for easier handling.
  • Make A Larger One: I am making little pizza puffs with this recipe, but if you want to make a large savoury tart, you can do so. Just be sure to adjust the cooking time slightly, especially if you’re adding more toppings. 

A person is lifting a mini pizza from a wooden board.

Storage


Storage:
Store any leftover mini puff pastry pizzas in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. To maintain their crispiness, place a paper towel or baking paper between layers.

Reheating: Although you can enjoy the pizzas cold, if wish to reheat them, preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan) or 350°F and bake the mini pizzas for about 5-7 minutes until warmed through. Avoid using the microwave, as it will ruin the flaky texture.

Freezing: While the puff pastry can be frozen before baking in a block or pre-cut, I recommend to freeze the unbaked puff pastry bases separately from the sauce to prevent sogginess. Assemble the pizzas just before baking for the best results.

Defrosting: Defrost frozen puff pastry bases in the fridge for a few hours or overnight before use. Avoid defrosting in the microwave, as it will affect the pastry’s texture.


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3-Ingredient Mini Puff Pastry Pizzas – Pizza Bites

5 from 3 votes
Super easy snacks that you usually find in the bakeries of Rome. Make these easy 3-ingredient puff pastry pizzas for lunchboxes, after-school, snacks and parties. Choose your favourite toppings or make them simple red pizzas like we have.
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Course: lunch, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 24 Pizzas
Calories: 119kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 200°C (180°C fan) or 400°F.
  • Roll out the puff pastry on a lightly floured surface to create mini pizza bases. Aim for a thickness of approximately 3 to 6 mm (1/8 to 1/4 inch). You can use a round cutter or shape of your choice to cut the pastry into smaller portions.
  • Place the puff pastry bases on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Spoon a generous amount of passata pizza sauce onto each puff pastry base, spreading it evenly with the back of a spoon, leaving a small border around the edges.
  • Bake the puff pastry bases in the preheated oven for approximately 12-15 minutes or until they are golden and puffed up.
  • While the mini puff pastry pizzas are baking, wash and prepare the fresh basil leaves.
  • Once the puff pastry pizzas are done, remove them from the oven, and immediately place fresh basil leaves on top for a burst of flavour and colour.
  • Allow the mini puff pastry pizzas to cool for a few minutes before serving.

Recipe Notes

  • Keep Cold: Keep puff pastry chilled; return unused portions to the fridge promptly.
  • Light Flour Dusting: When rolling, lightly dust puff pastry to prevent sticking.
  • Consistent Thickness: Roll pastry uniformly for even baking.
  • Edge Leave-Out: Leave a border when spreading sauce to avoid overflow.
  • Hot Start: Preheat oven fully for desired puff and golden color.
  • Let Them Set: Cool mini puff pastry pizzas briefly for easier handling.
  • Make Larger: Adjust cooking time for a large tart; experiment with toppings.

Nutrition Estimate

Calories: 119kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 52mg | Potassium: 14mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 0.2g | Vitamin A: 21IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg

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