This post is one I have been meaning to get to for quite some time.
Last year, we were lucky to host a farm concert and gathering of friends.
As with most gatherings, food was a part of the event. I tell ya what, there are few things better than a potluck meal. So many beautiful dishes and ingredients! So many textures and tastes. Potlucks are a fun way to sample the world of culinary delights.
The recipe I am posting today comes from a big supporter of PTHF, and I can attest to the deliciousness of these wonderful little pizza bites.
So, nearly a year later, I am introducing you to P.G.’s “Mini Pizza Quinoa Bites” as she shared with me. Enjoy!
Mini Pizza Quinoa Bites – From Iowa Girl Eats Iowagirleats.com
Makes 24 bites
2 cups cooked quinoa, cooled slightly or chilled (about 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa – be sure to rinse well before cooking)
2 whole eggs
2 egg whites
2 cups chopped pizza toppings (pepperoni, black olives, pineapple, ham, onions, sausage, peppers, etc.)
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
Pizza sauce, for dipping
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, line a baking sheet with foil, then spray a 24-cup mini muffin tin VERY well with nonstick spray and set aside.
2. Add all ingredients except pizza sauce to a large bowl then stir to combine. Fill mini muffin tin cups to the top with the mixture then place on prepared baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool for 5 minutes before removing from cups. Serve with warmed pizza sauce.
3. TO FREEZE: Place baked cups on a baking sheet then freeze until solid and transfer to a freezer bag.
Microwave for 20-40 seconds depending on how many you’re reheating.
4. FOR REGULAR-SIZED MUFFIN TINS: Bake for 25-30 minutes (Note: I have not tried this myself, although several readers have left comments saying this works!)
I used Near East Quinoa blend of quinoa and brown rice (boxed) Roasted red pepper and basil flavored.
Chopping takes a long time so use the food processor.
Can be made a bit smaller and get 36 – 48.