Caprese Pizza Puffs
Makes 16 puffs
Wait, wait, I understand at first glance that a pizza bite made with a biscuit crust may sound a tad odd—unmatched, even. However, with a little olive oil glaze those biscuits turn into a pleasant puffy complement to a little tomato sauce and sliced fresh mozzarella. It might take slightly more than a flash to make these (you still have to bake the biscuits), but not so much more time that it'll cause hair-pulling.
- 1 can refrigerated biscuits (8 biscuits)
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 cup good-quality marinara sauce
- 16 fresh basil leaves
- 3 balls (about 8 ounces) fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced into 16 pieces
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
1. Preheat the oven to the temperature on the package. Brush each biscuit on the top and bottom with olive oil. Place on a baking sheet and bake according to package directions.
2. While the biscuits are baking, heat the sauce in a small saucepan on the stove, or in the microwave.
3. Remove the biscuits from the oven when done. If the oven is below 400°F, raise the temperature to 400°F. Cut the biscuits in half crosswise to make two rounds. Place each half cut side up on the. baking sheet. Top each with a brushing of olive oil, 1 tablespoon sauce, a basil leaf, and a mozzarella slice. Place back in the oven for 5 minutes.
4. Arrange the pizza puffs attractively on a large platter. If using them, sprinkle the red pepper flakes over the pizza puffs, making sure that each has at least a couple of flakes. Serve while still hot.
A Drink Pairing: Stay with the Italian focus and serve these with Italian Martinis. For each, fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice cubes and add 2 ounces gin, 1 ounce amaretto, and 1/2 ounce sweet vermouth. Shake well, strain into a cocktail glass, and garnish with a cherry.
50 Simple, Stylish Recipes to Make You a Popular Party Host
- by A.J. Rathbun
- Harvard Common Press 2008
- Hardcover; $12.95
- ISBN-10: 1558323473
- ISBN-13: 978-1-55832-347-6
- Recipe reprinted by permission.
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