Meatball Mini Bites


Each of these bite-sized appetizers feature flaky puff pastry encasing a meatball, pasta sauce and shredded mozzarella cheese.

  • Thaw: 40 minutes
  • Prep: 10 minutes
  • Bake: 15 minutes
  • Cool: 5 minutes
  • Serves: 32
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  • 1 pkg. (17.3 ounces) Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry Sheets, thawed

  • 32 (1/2 ounce each ) frozen fully-cooked beef meatballs

  • 3/4 cup Prego® Traditional Italian Sauce

  • 2 cups baby arugula

  • 3/4 cup shredded Asiago cheese or mozzarella cheese


  1. Heat the oven to 400°F.  Unfold the pastry sheets on a lightly floured surface.  Cut each pastry sheet into 16 (2 1/2-inch) squares. Place the pastry squares onto 2 baking sheets.

  2. Bake for 15 minutes or until the pastries are golden brown.  Let cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes.  Split each pastry into 2 layers, making 64 layers in all.

  3. Heat the meatballs according to the package directions.  Spread about 1 teaspoon pasta sauce on each bottom pastry layer.  Top each with 1 tablespoon arugula and 1 meatball.  Top with the cheese, if desired, and the top pastry layers.

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If you want a flaky thin and crispy pastry that’s not very puffy, prick the unbaked Puff Pastry all over with a fork, which lets steam escape while baking.

When using an egg wash, be sure it doesn’t run down the cut sides of the pastry, as that will make edges stick together and stop the pastry from rising.

If bubbles appear on the surface while baking Puff Pastry, prick with a fork to deflate them.

Remove only as many pastry sheets as you need. Wrap unused sheets in plastic wrap or foil and return to the freezer.

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Submitted by:
Sasha M.
Date: 10/30/2009

5 star rating

"These meatball bites are so easy and everyone was so impressed when I served them"

Submitted by:
Deana L.
Date: 11/3/2009

5 star rating

"my daughters and granchildren loved them"

Submitted by:
Merry O.
Date: 11/3/2009

5 star rating

"I made my meatballs and everyone loved them!"

Submitted by:
Amanda K.
Date: 2/3/2010

4 star rating

"I made this with turkey meatballs because they're a little healthier - delicious!"

Submitted by:
Carmela C.
Date: 11/7/2009

5 star rating

"It was delicious. My family and I enjoyed them very much."

Submitted by:
Brenda R.
Date: 11/3/2009

5 star rating


Submitted by:
Judy M.
Date: 11/6/2009

5 star rating

"Made my own sauce & meatballs & didn't use the arugula & we thought this was a winner. Thanks"

Submitted by:
Judy M.
Date: 11/6/2009

5 star rating

"I made my own meatballs and sauce. I didn't use the arugula. This is a winner! Thank You."

Submitted by:
Vicky L.
Date: 11/4/2009

5 star rating

"I made my own turkey meat balls and they were just for myself. Tthe rest of the family had the other meatballs."

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