Puff pastry bites

Bite-size pizzas with puff pastry bases make perfect party food. Here are two simple topping ideas to try.


For the pizza base

  • flour, for dusting
  • 2 x 320g packs ready-rolled all-butter puff pastry

For the tomato and pesto topping

  • 1 free-range egg, beaten
  • 2 tbsp pesto
  • 9 cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 x 125g pack of mini-mozzarella balls, drained and quartered
  • 1 pack fresh basil (optional)
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the prosciutto topping

  • 1 onion, very thinly sliced
  • 150ml/5fl oz soured cream
  • 70g/2½oz prosciutto, roughly chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/180C Fan/Gas 6.

  2. Lightly flour a work surface and unroll the puff pastry flat. Using a ruler and a pizza wheel, cut into 72 small, equally sized squares. Transfer the squares to 4 baking trays and brush each square with a little of the beaten egg, especially at the edges.

  3. For the pesto bites, using a teaspoon, place a little pesto in the centre of each of 36 squares. Top with a quarter of a mozzarella ball and a quarter of a tomato. Season with salt and pepper.

  4. For the prosciutto pizza bites, place the onions in a bowl and salt generously. (Salting the onions draws out their sharpness and begins to soften them.) Using a teaspoon, place a little sour cream in the centre of each of the remaining squares. Rinse the onions under running water. Drain well. Place a few slices of onion on each square. Divide the prosciutto between the squares, ensuring that a little fat gets on each piece.

  5. Bake both types of pizza for 15 minutes, or until the pastry is puffed and golden-brown.

  6. The tomato ones can be topped with a basil leaf if you want, and are best served hot. You can serve the white pizzas hot or cold.

Puff pastry bites

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