Cheesy Pepperoni Bites (with vegetarian option)

 
Easy, fun and bite-sized!
 
Cheesy Pepperoni Bites
 
 

I was looking back through some old Rachael Ray magazines and saw these Pizza Puffs. Yum! I knew I had seen a recipe like this one before and really wanted to try it.

 

I then remembered that Melissa’s Cuisine (love her recipes…make sure to check her site out!) had won Recipe of the Week with a similar recipe. Her Pizza Bites got a TON of votes.

 

Melissa’s recipe had a handful of ingredients that I didn’t have on hand, and I really like the idea of using fresh basil, so I decided to play around with the RR version.

 


Here is what you need to make 24 bites:
3/4 cup flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup milk
1 egg
4 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded (about 1 cup)
4 ounces turkey pepperoni, chopped
1/2 cup pizza sauce
2 Tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil

 
 

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 24-cup mini muffin pan. In a large bowl, mix together the flour and baking powder, whisk in the milk and egg.

2. Next. stir in the mozzarella.

3. Finally, stir in the pepperoni and mix well. And let stand for 7-10 minutes.

   

 

 
 

NOTE* For the vegetarian version, I removed 1/2 of the batter before adding the pepperoni, to make 12 no-meat bites :)

 

4. Divide batter among the mini-muffin cups.  Bake until puffed and golden, 20 to 25 minutes.

 

5. While waiting for the bites to bake, microwave the pizza sauce until warmed through. Stir in 1 Tablespoon of your fresh basil.  




 
 
Sprinkle the puffs with the remaining 1 Tablespoon basil.  Serve the puffs with the pizza sauce for dipping.
 
Cheesy Pepperoni Bites
 

We enjoyed these treats during our Academy Award party. A perfect appetizer for any party!

 
 
 
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Cheesy Pepperoni Bites (with vegetarian option)
 
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 4 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded (about 1 cup)
  • 4 ounces turkey pepperoni, chopped
  • ½ cup pizza sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 24-cup mini muffin pan. In a large bowl, mix together the flour and baking powder, whisk in the milk and egg.
  2. Next. stir in the mozzarella.
  3. Finally, stir in the pepperoni and mix well. And let stand for 7-10 minutes.
  4. Divide batter among the mini-muffin cups. Bake until puffed and golden, 20 to 25 minutes.
  5. While waiting for the bites to bake, microwave the pizza sauce until warmed through. Stir in 1 Tablespoon of your fresh basil.

Comments

  1. Yum! These look so good – definitely have to try for our movie nights. Thanks for posting!

  2. These looks delicious! Will try this out over the weekend. Thanks!!

  3. These looks so yummy! Tks for sharing, will try it out. :)

  4. these look delicious and not too hard to make either!
    Thank you for linking up on Successful Saturdays!

  5. This looks delish! G would love this cheesy pepperoni bites of yours.
    Curious… how do you put up a recipe printer ready on your blog? Is it a special
    program/app that I need to embed on Blogger? Been figuring that out for years.
    Can’t find an easy version to work around with.
    Thanks for the recipe :)

  6. Corey…These look so yummy…Will have to make!!

  7. Big success. All of the bites were gone 1/2 way through my party!!

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