Pepperoni and Cheese Pizza Hand Pies
These hearty hand pies make a great easy-to-eat appetizer for any occasion.
- 8 oz. cream cheese, cut into chunks
- 1 cup butter, cut into chunks
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 cup cubed mozzarella
- 1/4 cup cubed pepperoni
- 1/4 cup pizza sauce
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon milk
1: In a food processor, combine the cream cheese, butter, flour and sea salt. Pulse until the mixture comes together into a dough. Remove the dough from the food processor and divide into 2 disks. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
2: Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Once the dough has chilled, remove from the plastic wrap and roll out on a floured surface until the dough is a little less than 1/4 of an inch thick.
3: Using a large cookie cutter, about 5 inches in diameter, cut circles out of the dough. You can roll out the excess dough and repeat this process until you've used all of the dough.
4: In the center of each circle, add 1 teaspoon of pizza sauce, 2 teaspoons of mozzarella and 2 teaspoons of pepperoni. Sprinkle with oregano.
5: In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and the milk to make the egg wash. Egg-wash the edges of the circle and fold over to close the hand pie. Seal the edges closed using your thumb.
6: Place the hand pies on a piece of parchment paper and brush the egg-wash mixture over the tops. Cut a thin slice into the top of each hand pie as a vent.
7: Bake the hand pies for 15-20 minutes until they are golden brown and the crust appears flaky. Remove from oven and serve immediately with a side of pizza sauce if desired.