It's been so long since I posted an actual recipe! This recipe is a rare instance when I tried tweaking things a few times (like adding a layer of sauce in the muffin), but apparently I didn't write any of my changes down. So I went back & made the recipe as-is, and it was perfect! You can serve them with a side of pizza sauce for dipping, but they are so tasty on their own, we never bother! These savory little bites are a crowd pleaser, and they are so easy to make, I always let my kids help.
Pepperoni Pizza Puffs
3/4 cup flour
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes (optional)
3/4 cup skim milk
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup mini pepperoni (or chopped pepperoni slices)
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
Pizza sauce or spaghetti sauce for dipping (optional)
1) Preheat your oven to 375 F.
2) In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, Italian seasoning, salt, and red pepper flakes. Stir in the milk, egg, pepperoni, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheese. Let sit for 10 minutes, and grease/spray a 24 cup mini muffin tin.
3) Divide the batter evenly among the mini muffin cups, about 3/4th full. Bake until puffed and golden, about 20-25 minutes. While they are still warm, use a table knife to gently push them away from the sides of the tin until loose (they will stick if you let them cool.)