Pizza Dippers

Inspired by a cheese pizza, this Pizza Dippers appetizer is the perfect party snack. Kids and adults alike will devour this easy Italian appetizer recipe.

Pizza Dippers
Prep Time:
20 mins
Bake Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 2 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 recipe Pizza Dough

  • 1 recipe 20-Minute Marinara Sauce

  • 3 ounce sliced pepperoni

  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (4 ounces)

20-Minute Marinara Sauce

  • 1 28 ounce can undrained whole tomatoes

  • 3 tablespoon snipped fresh basil

  • ½ teaspoon bottled minced garlic or 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoon olive oil

  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

Pizza Dough

  • cup warm water (105°F to 115°F)

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 package active dry yeast

  • ½ teaspoon sugar

  • 1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Coat a 10-inch cast-iron skillet with 1 tablespoon of the oil. Place skillet in hot oven and heat for 10 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, wrap and chill one portion of the Pizza Dough. On a lightly floured surface, roll the remaining dough portion into a 9-inch circle. Place a 6-ounce ramekin or custard cup upside down in center of dough circle. Press down on ramekin to cut a circle in dough; remove and discard small circle. Remove skillet from oven. Wrap the prepared dough around rolling pin; carefully unroll into hot skillet.

  3. Spread about 1/4 cup of the 20-Minute Marinara Sauce over pizza crust. Top with half of the pepperoni; sprinkle with 1/2 cup of the cheese.

  4. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Loosen edge of pizza from side of skillet; carefully remove from skillet. Repeat with the remaining oil, dough, sauce, pepperoni, and cheese.

  5. Cut pizzas into thin wedges. Place a 6-ounce ramekin in the center of each pizza. Fill with the remaining sauce for dipping.

20-Minute Marinara Sauce

  1. Place tomatoes in a food processor or blender. Cover and process or blend until nearly smooth. Stir in basil; set aside.

  2. In a large skillet, cook and stir garlic in olive oil over medium heat until garlic is lightly browned. Stir in tomato mixture, red pepper, salt, and black pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.

Pizza Dough

  1. In a small bowl combine warm water, oil, yeast, and sugar, stirring to dissolve yeast. Let stand about 10 minutes or until foamy.

  2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl combine 1 cup of the flour and the salt. Stir yeast mixture into flour mixture until smooth. Stir in as much of the remaining flour as you can.

  3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead in enough of the remaining flour to make a moderately soft dough that is smooth but just slightly sticky (3 to 5 minutes total).

  4. Shape dough into a ball. Place in a lightly greased bowl, turning once to grease surface. Cover and let rise in a warm place until double in size (about 45 minutes).

  5. Punch dough down. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide in half. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Use as directed in individual recipes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

230 Calories
13g Fat
21g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 230
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 506mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 7.7mg 38%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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