These are basically little pizza muffins. And they’re delicious, and a fun dinner alternative to a traditional pizza. Andrew loved them because he could dip them. Joe loved them because pizza is his favorite food in the world, and I loved them just because they were so darn good! They’re addictive, too -- I dare you to eat just five.
Because it seems like I can never follow a recipe exactly as it’s written, I did make a couple of modifications. I added pizza seasoning and parmesan cheese to the filling. But that’s what’s so great about this recipe -- you can change it up with whatever pizza toppings you prefer: green peppers, mushrooms, olives, onions, sausage, all of the above. Even ham and pineapple would be delicious if you prefer Hawaiian pizza. My family, though -- we’re pretty simple. Give us cheese and pepperoni, and we’re happy.
And we were VERY happy eating these.
Pepperoni Pizza Puffs
source: seen on Home Cooking with Sonya and adapted from Everyday with Rachael Ray, April 2010
3/4 cup flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon pizza seasoning
3/4 cup whole milk
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 package mini pepperoni rounds (or 1 cup cubed pepperoni)
1/2 cup store-bought pizza sauce
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 24-cup mini-muffin pan. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and pizza seasoning; whisk in the milk and egg. Stir in the mozzarella, parmesan and pepperoni; let stand for 10 minutes.
2. Stir the batter and divide among the mini-muffin cups. Bake until puffed and golden, 20 to 25 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, microwave the pizza sauce until warmed through. Serve the puffs with the pizza sauce for dipping.