Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Pepperoni Pizza Puffs

These little pepperoni pizza puffs are perfect! (How's that for alliteration?!)  Kids love them, but they're impressive enough to wow adults as well.  You might want to double this recipe unless you're serving them to a very small crowd.  Trust me, double it.  I always wish I had. 

  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup pepperoni (about 5 ounces), cut into small cubes, see note below
  • marinara sauce, for serving
  • fresh basil, chopped

Note on pepperoni:  Go to the deli counter and ask for a chunk of pepperoni so that you can cut it into small cubes.  You'll need about 5 ounces for one cup of small cubes.  I removed the outside casing before cubing it. 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Grease a 24-cup mini muffin pan.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, milk, and egg.
Stir in the mozzarella and pepperoni; let stand for 10 minutes.
Stir the batter and divide among the mini-muffin cups. 
Bake until puffed and golden, about 20 minutes.
Sprinkle with basil and serve with marinara if so desired. 

Source:  A Bountiful Kitchen

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