Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Little Pizza Appetizers

I used my left over Angel Biscuits split in half for this quickly pulled together Appetizer.
I have this recipe in my cookbook "Legacy of Three Melissas"  but I will put this recipe here on the blog because it is such a generous recipe, there are usually leftovers for other things. I also make little sandwich appetizers with these biscuits using any kind of seafood salad such as Tuna, Lobster, or Shrimp that I have on hand. Chicken Salad is also popular!~


5 c. flour
1/2 c. honey or sugar
1 c. butter
1 pkg dry yeast
3 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 Tbsp Warm Water
2 c. buttermilk

Stir dry ingredients together. Disolve yeast in warm water and then stir in room temperature buttermilk. Cut Shortening into the flour, You can use a pastry tool but I use a food processor and pulse it.After the butter in cut into the flour, I add the buttermilk yeast mixture. Turn out onto a lightly floured board and knead slightly to make a soft dough. I roll it out a bit with a wooden rolling pin. Then I use biscuit cutters to cut out rounds in 1/4 inch thick dough but you can use a glass with good results. Let rise in a warm place for 1 1/2 hours. I usually lightly brush the tops of the biscuits with butter and cover loosely with plastic wrap. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Serve with a special dinner or soup.

To Make Mini Pizzas:
I split the biscuits place on a baking sheet and top with tomato sauce and a mixture of parmesan and mozzerella cheese. Sprinkled with my own dried Oregano and Basil from my garden. You can use fresh herbs too! I bake for 5-10 min in a 350 degree oven until done and serve immediately with coctail napkins. The biscuits work well for a cocktail pizza because they aren't greasy, easy to pick up and have a bit of a crunch.

This is the time of year, just before the holidays when there are many impromptu celebrations, people dropping over, or parties to attend where you must bring something. Bringing an appetizer usually doesn't compete with the hostess and is welcome everywhere. You can make these up ahead of time and pop into an oven at a party and they are ready in 10 minutes.

Happy Holidays!