Epic Garlic Pizza Balls

I love pizza, a nice crisp crust with sauce, veggies and fruit. Pair that with garlic dip total bliss. While playing around on Facebook, I came across a video featuring mozza garlic bombs – I can’t remember the exact name right now, I’ll post the link to give credit back to the original source in just a bit.

How fun is finger food? More fun when it’s a ball and you can just pop in your mouth. Don’t blame me if you can’t get enough of these. The original recipe isn’t vegan, but that wasn’t going to stop me. If you’ve been following me you know about Vegan Snack Down. Join us on facebook and join the challenges. This week happens to be the Epic grilled cheese. The snack that gets overlooked sometimes but is the ultimate fast comfort food.

Anyways, back to the balls. You can speed the prep up buy using store bought dough- but why? Making your own is easy to do, my 8 year can make it. Spread garlic butter on the dough, add a few pinches of red chili flakes, sprinkle some hemp seeds, place cheese on it- make the balls. Perfect for snacking, movie/game night. Pair it with cheesy stix, salad and some wine. Best thing since sliced bread.

The slideshow step by step.

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Now that I’m done teasing you, here’s the recipe: (adapted from Kitchen Aid)

For the dough:

2 1/4 tsp yeast

1 cup warm water

2 tsp olive oil

2 1/2 cups flour

1. Dissolve yeast in warm water (make sure it’s warm and not hot or you will kill it) in the bowl of your stand mixer.

2. Add the remaining ingredients. Using the hook attachment knead until the dough comes together. If too sticky add more flour. If it’s too dry, add a little more water.

3. Take dough out of the bowl, and  knead it a bit more roll it into a smooth ball. You can knead on a lightly floured surface but why?

4. Lightly oil a bowl, roll the dough around to cover the ball. Cover with a clean towel and let rest for a few hours or until double in size. (To be honest I don’t watch the time, I run errands or clean while I “wait”).

5. Store left over (if you have any) dough in an air tight container. Bring to room temp before using it.

For the Garlic butter:

3/4 cups of softened butter I use Becel vegan (it’s soft and don’t have to bring it to room temp before I want to use it as a spread)

5-6 cloves of garlic

1. Place vegan butter into bowl.

2. Using a garlic press, press the wonderful vampire repelling garlic peices through the press. Stir until well mixed.

Note* try and make this ahead of time. It tastes better the longer it sits.

While you’re waiting for the dough to rise, the butter and garlic to mingle n mix you can cut your cheese into smallish pieces. I used Daiya Smoked Gouda style.  Also prepare any dips you want to have. I used ranch dip from Vegan Bowl Attack. Check out Jackie’s site for some awesome recipes.

The method:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

1. Take 1/2 of the pizza dough roll it out, stretch it out, you want a thin but not see thru thin crust.

2. Spread the garlic butter in the dough. Don’t hold back,  you want to have a generous amount.

3.  Sprinkle red chili flakes (only you know how much heat you can handle) sprinkle 3 tablespoons of Manitoba Harvest hemp hearts  and 2 tablespoons of nooch (or nutritional yeast if you don’t use the term nooch).

4. Cut the dough lengthways then sideways to create 20 squares.

5. Place your Gouda pieces in the middle.

6. Roll them into balls.

7. Place balls into your prepared pan. Brush the tops with more garlic butter.

8. Bake for 15-20 mins.

9. Even though the smell of garlic is making you hungry- do not snack. These balls are worth the wait. Instead this is where you will want to make your salad or whatever you want to have with them.

10. When they are done let them cool off a bit. Brush with more garlic butter if you want and sprink with Parmesan cheese. I used Vegan Magic’s Parmageddon.

You can easily double this recipe, just don’t double the garlic butter as there’s enough to make 40 balls and likely some garlic bread sticks.

Thank you Tasting Table for the inspiration. FYI they call them Mozzarella stuffed garlic bombs. BOOM!!

Make this recipe and let me know what you think. Cheers!

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