Move over, Garlic Knots, I’ve found a new favorite use for pizza dough. And it’s as far as you can get from the shape of a slice.
I’ve bundled teaspoons of creamy ricotta inside balls of pizza dough that are then brushed with melted honey butter and baked until golden. And while I used store-bought whole wheat dough, you can also opt to make your own with my recipe for The Ultimate Pizza Dough. But regardless of what dough you use, be prepared for a sweet and savory treat, as these pull-apart bundles aren’t your average pepperoni pizza bites.
Ricotta & Honey Butter Bites
Yield: 2 dozen
Prep Time: 25 min
Cook Time: 25 min
1½ lbs. store-bought or homemade pizza dough, at room temperature
6 oz. firm ricotta cheese, cold
4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, plus additional for greasing pan
1/3 cup honey
Preheat oven to 375ºF.
Grease a 9" pie plate or baking dish with butter.
Tear the dough into 20 to 24 roughly equal size pieces.
Roll out each piece of dough to approximately 2" in diameter. Place 2 teaspoons of ricotta in the center of each piece of dough, stretch and fold up the edges, and pinch to seal.
Place each bundle seam side down in the prepared baking dish, arranging them so they touch each other. (Note: It's a bit like putting together a puzzle to get them all to fit, but don't be afraid to switch the bundles around so that they all have ample space to plump when they bake.)
Melt the butter and honey in a small saucepan, whisking to combine.
Liberally brush the tops of the bites with the melted honey butter.
Bake the bites for 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown.
Remove from oven and brush one final time with remaining honey butter. Serve warm.