These are pizza balls made from one of my childhood favorites: a Chef Boyardee pizza kit. Processed boxed food, basically. So, while I'd like to call these "Pizza Balls" maybe a more apt name would be "Guilty Pleasure Nostalgia Balls" or "What Is This Sandra Lee Bullshit? Balls" or "Losing My Fooche-Bag Cred Balls." I know: "DON'T JUDGE ME Balls."
See what had happened was... (long-winded paragraph attempting to justify this junk food deleted....) I made some tasty balls that satisfied my pizza craving and were done in flash. :)
Don't Judge Me Balls
-1 Chef Boyardee Pizza kit
-10 small pieces of mozzarella (I used string cheese cut up)
-10 pepperoni slices, cut in half or quartered
-about 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
Mix the crust and let it rise as directed on the box. Preheat the oven to 425ºF. Coat a round or square casserole dish with olive oil. Coat your hands with olive oil and divide the dough into 10 equal pieces. flatten a piece of dough in your hand, and place a pepperoni (2 halves or 4 quarters), a hunk of mozzarella, a 1/2 teaspoon on ricotta and 1/2 teaspoon of the kit's sauce in the middle. Carefully gather up the dough around the fillings and pinch and twist to seal. Place seal down in the greased casserole dish. Repeat with the rest of the ingredients (you will have sauce left over... you could make bagel bites or something!). Brush the balls with olive oil and sprinkle some of the kit's Parmesan cheese on top. Bake for about 20 minutes until the balls start to turn golden. Serve hot. Don't think about it too much.
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I am fascinated by these Pizza Balls! I loved the Chef Boyardee pizza kits when I was a kid. I still pack them for our beach trip to make for a quick dinner
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