Preparation for guests may get me wound up a bit, but in the end, I love to entertain. Thing about entertaining -- and I get this from my mom and grandmother -- if you don't have leftover food then you don't have enough food. So the key, for me, is to find something that will easily feed a crowd.
This recipe fits the bill. It's easy to double, which was important on the occasion I made them, since I was having 3 families over, 2 of which included teenaged boys.
They were a huge hit!
I didn't have many leftover, either. Maybe 10 or so? But regardless I still had some leftover, so by Grandma's standards I made enough.
So give these a try for the big game, party, small gathering, holiday party, or for a fun dinner.
Pepperoni Pizza Puffs
Recipe slightly modified from The Country Cook
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 3/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 - 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. crushed red pepper, optional
- 1 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup milk, 2% or higher
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1 cup shredded smoked mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesean
- 1 cup pepperoni, diced
- pizza or marinara sauce, for dipping
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray mini muffin tins well with non-stick cooking spray.
- Chop pepperoni into bite-sized pieces.
- In a bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and salt. Stir in milk then stir in beaten egg.
- Add mozzarella, Parmesan, pepperoni, and crushed red pepper if using. Let mixture sit for 10 minutes.
- Spoon mixture into muffin tins. (A small ice cream scoop makes this really easy.)
- Bake for about 20 - 25 minutes, until golden brown, and toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Serve with your favorite pizza or marinara sauce for dipping.