Thursday, February 9, 2012

Pepperoni Pizza Puffs

I love easy dinner meals. I do not enjoy spending hours on a meal unless I have the time and really want to (trust me these days are very few and far between). That means most nights I am wanting to make something quick and easy. If you want to know my deep dark little secret (really its no secret to those that know me) we eat Mac and Cheese at least on a weekly basis (I have a deep love in my heart for mac and cheese). For me there are many nights each week at approximately seven o'clock where I am left asking myself what we should eat for dinner. Since I ran into this recipe it has made a few of my nights much easier. I absolutely love these tasty bite sized little dinner snacks, and they take hardly any time at all to make! I knew after the first time that I made them that the recipe was a keeper for sure. I have made them with regular pepperoni and turkey pepperoni. Both taste great, the regular pepperoni is just more greasy and leaves the puffs being a little bit more greasy as well. I don't have kids yet but I know these things would be very kid friendly.

Pepperoni Pizza Puffs

3/4 cup flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
3/4 cup whole milk
1 egg, lightly beaten
4 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded (about 1 cup)
4 oz turkey pepperoni, (about 1/2 cup) cut into  smaller pieces
4 oz low-fat sausage, cooked and crumbled
1/2 cup pizza sauce

Pre-heat the oven to 375°. Grease a 24-cup mini-muffin pan. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, garlic powder and baking powder; whisk in the 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, 20 to 25 minutes.

Meanwhile, microwave the pizza sauce until warmed through. Serve the puffs with the pizza sauce for dipping. My husband is all about the pizza sauce but personally I prefer to dip them in ranch.


Recipe Source: Adapted slightly from: Make Ahead Meals

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