Monday, July 5, 2010
These little pizza bites are a fun appetizer (or future meal in our case) made of a puffy pizza crust, cheese and pepperoni. Dipped in sauce it's the perfect bite size piece of pizza. As I mixed up the dough, I added some extra seasoning to give a little more flavor. I added some garlic and italian seasoning. I saw this recipe on Milk & Honey and as she mentions, these would be fun to change up with different fillings - like bacon & cheddar (yum).
Source: Everyday with Rachael Ray
3/4 cup flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup whole milk (I used 1% with fine results)
1 egg, lightly beaten
4 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded (about 1 cup)
4 ounces pepperoni, cut into small cubes (about 1 cup)
1/2 cup store-bought pizza sauce
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil
Preheat the oven to 375°. Grease a 24-cup mini-muffin pan. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour 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, then stir in 1 tablespoon basil. Sprinkle the puffs with the remaining 1 tablespoon basil. Serve the puffs with the pizza sauce for dipping. Serves 4.
Note: These can be made ahead of time. Place baked puffs on a baking sheet and put in the freezer until frozen. Transfer to a storage bag. When ready to eat, preheat oven to 350 degrees, place puffs on a baking sheet, and bake for 8 to 10 minutes until warm.