These scrumptious parmesan bread bites are flavored with garlic butter, parmesan, and Italian seasoning. When dipped in marinara sauce, they come together quicker than you can say “let’s order pizza” and taste so much better than their store-bought alternatives. Just be careful‒parmesan bread bites are super addictive!
What Makes Parmesan Bread Bites a Great Appetizer?
Nothing gets people excited like the smell of dough baking in the oven. Actually, they get just as excited by the smell of melted butter that includes garlic and seasoning. This easy-to-make parmesan bread bites recipe has all of these elements. What’s even better is that you don’t have to make homemade dough to excite the taste buds of those you love.
All you need for this delicious appetizer is a quality store-bought pizza dough, garlic, butter, Italian seasoning, and grated parmesan. Before you know it, you’ll have the tastiest parmesan garlic bread served up into bite-size pieces.
These parmesan bread bites will wow everyone even more than the kind you get from a pizza shop and they’ll be that much more homemade. Dip the bites into marinara sauce and they may not even remember the main course.
The only equipment needed for this parmesan bread bites recipe is lined baking sheets and either a pastry scraper, pizza cutter, or pasta cutter to cut the bread bites. You can also use a pastry brush to brush the bites with garlic butter both before and after baking.
Parmesan Bread Bites
🔪How to Make Parmesan Bread Bites
- Remove refrigerated dough and let it stand for an hour.
- Divide the dough into 4-5 pieces, roll each into a rope, and cut one-inch pieces.
- Place the bites onto greased and lined baking sheets, cover, and let rise for 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- Combine the remaining ingredients until incorporated.
- Brush the bites with the garlic butter.
- Bake until lightly browned.
- Brush with the remaining butter mixture and top with parmesan cheese.
- Serve warm with marinara sauce.
💭Tips and Tricks
- Don’t melt the butter too early, so it doesn’t begin to solidify before you need to brush it over the parmesan bread bites.
- If you wish to make your own pizza dough for this parmesan bread bites recipe, feel free. Either way, you can remove the dough from the refrigerator and leave it on the counter for about an hour prior to cutting it into bite-sized pieces. If you are looking for more easy and delicious pizza dough recipes, check out this healthy flatbread pizza.
- When brushing the parmesan bread bites after baking, only brush a few at a time so the parmesan cheese adheres to the warm pieces.
Looking for more appetizer ideas to go with these bread bites? Be sure to also check out this tasty and simple crockpot meatballs recipe
What goes well with parmesan bread bites?
Parmesan bread bites are delicious on their own with the garlic butter and parmesan flavors packing plenty of punch, but serving the homemade bread bites with marinara dipping sauce is an ideal way to get that almost pizza flavor complete. You can also serve with an olive tapenade or herbed olive oil dipping sauce.
Do parmesan bread bites have cheese inside?
Since the main flavor of parmesan bread bites is parmesan, sprinkling the parmesan onto the just-baked bread bite while it is warm and freshly brushed with a new layer of garlic and herb melted butter guarantees all the cheese flavor you could want in a tasty bite.
Save the mozzarella for the main event: pizza.
How do you reheat parmesan bread bites?
If warming in the oven, you can heat the oven to 425 degrees and warm the parmesan bread bites on a baking sheet for 5-10 minutes or until warmed through.
If in a rush, these bread bites also heat well in a microwave oven for 30 seconds or so. You don’t want to overheat them when reheating, since they can harden and otherwise lose their soft, fluffy texture.
Can you make parmesan bread bites from store-bought pizza dough?
Yes. While you can prepare a homemade pizza dough of your own, making homemade bread bites is even easier when you purchase a quality store-bought pizza dough.
Any white pizza dough will work and you can then concentrate on creating garlic buttery and parmesan-flavored bread bites that everyone will love.
Parmesan Bread Bites Recipe
- 1 28 oz. package of white pizza dough
- 8 tablespoons melted butter
- 3 cloves minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
- ½ cup marinara sauce for dipping
- If using store-bought pizza dough, you can take it out of the refrigerator for an hour and place it on a lightly floured surface.
- Divide the dough into 4-5 pieces. Roll each piece into an approximately 12-inch long rope. Cut each length of dough into roughly 10 one-inch pieces using a pastry scraper, pasta cutter, or pizza cutter.
- Place the bites onto the greased parchment paper of baking sheets. Cover so the bites can rise for 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- Combine the melted butter with minced garlic, Italian seasoning, and salt.
- Brush the bites with half of the garlic butter.
- Bake for 15-17 minutes or until the tops just start to lightly brown.
- Once out of the oven, brush a few bites with the remaining butter mixture and sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese. Continue to do so with the other bites in small groups until all are covered.
- Eat warm and feel free to dip into some marinara sauce for an extra kick.