Pizza Bagel Bites are a quick and easy lunch recipe that is kid-friendly. Make these mini pizzas up in minutes for the kids to enjoy.
Pizza Bites are made with mini bagels, pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, and mini pepperonis. That can be baked up in minutes for a quick and easy lunch recipe.
Not only do pizza bagel bites make for a great lunch recipe for the kids. But they can be enjoyed as a late-night snack to go along with that movie you are enjoying.
When the kids are home for the summer or holiday breaks I find myself searching for a quick lunch recipe. These homemade pizza bagel bites have been a hit every time I make them.
Pizza Bagel Bites Recipe
This recipe calls for mini bagels but you could use the full-sized bagels, making it a budget-friendly dinner idea.
When I make this recipe I like to assemble all the ingredients onto the bagels before I bake them.
However, if you like your bites with an extra crunch. Then you could bake just the bagel first.
To get that extra crunch to your bagel split the bagel open, Place open side up onto a foil-lined baking sheet and bake in a 350℉ for 5 minutes.
Then flip the bagels so the split side is down and bake for another 3-5 minutes. The time for this will depend on how crunchy you like your bagel bites.
Splitting the bagel open is the first step to making this recipe no matter if you are baking or assembling the ingredients first.
My girls and I don't like extra crunch to our bagels so I start with adding pizza sauce onto the bagels first.
One of my kids isn't a huge fan of much pizza sauce so I tend to go lightly on the sauce.
That's what is great about these mini pizzas they can be customized to your liking.
The next step I do is add shredded mozzarella cheese on top of the sauce. Now you could even customize these by starting with the cheese.
You could use cheddar, a taco blend, or even a pepper jack cheese.
How Long To Bake The Bites For
Normally when we order pizza out my girls prefer to have just a cheese and pepperoni pizza. So since I was making these mini bites for them I decided to only add cheese and pepperoni.
I was able to find mini-sized pepperonis however you can use normal size and then cut down into smaller sizes.
At this point, you can still customize these bites to your liking. By adding your favorite pizza toppings like bell peppers, mushrooms, or olives.
I'm all about easy clean up as well as quick and easy recipes. So as I make the bagel bites I will place them onto a lined sheet pan.
I have a silicone liner on my sheet pan but foil will work as well.
Having some type of lining on the sheet pan will help with the melting of the cheese at clean up.
Place the sheet pan full of pizza bagel bites into a preheated 350℉ oven for 20 minutes. I found this to be the perfect amount of time to get that little bit of crunch to the bagels that we like. As well as melt the cheese completely.
The amount of time that you will need to bake them for. Will depend on how much crunch you like your bites to have. At least 20 minutes to get a nice crunch and the cheese melted.
If you like your bagel bites to have more of a crunch. Then I would leave in the oven for 5-minute intervals until the desired crunchiness is achieved.
You can also prebake the bagels like I mentioned up above.
These pizza bagel bites make for a great lunch idea, a midnight snack, or a dinner idea. Customizing them to your liking is what makes this a great recipe.
This recipe allows for your creative side to show. What topping will you have on your homemade pizza bagel bites?
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Pizza Bagel Bite
Pizza Bagel Bites are a quick and easy lunch recipe that is kid friendly. Make these mini pizzas up in minutes for the kids to enjoy for lunch or as a snack.
- 6 Mini Bagels split open
- 60 Mini Pepperonis
- 1 Cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
- ½ Cup Pizza Sauce
Preheat oven to 350℉
Place foil or silicone liner on a sheet pan.
Split the bagels open and place them onto the sheet pan. The split side facing up.
Spread the pizza sauce around the mini bagels. Making sure to get an even coat of sauce around the bagel.
Sprinkle the shredded mozzarella cheese on top of the pizza sauce.
Place 5 mini pepperonis onto each bagel bite. Add more pepperoni if you like more than that.
Place the pizza bagel bites into a 350℉ oven for 20 minutes. Time will vary depending on how much crunch you like your bagels to have. Serve and enjoy.
If you can't find the mini pepperonis you can use normal sized pepperoni. Then cut them into smaller sizes.