Monday, June 2, 2014

Sausage and Pepperoni Pizza Puffs

 I was looking for a simple appetizer to bring to my niece's graduation party. I didn't have much time, so it needed to be quick, and I wanted it to be a 1 or 2 bite something that you could just pick up an eat. At first, I was gonna do some sort of crackers and dip, but then I found this recipe and I immediately knew this was the one. To be honest, I have no idea whose recipe this is. I originally saw it on Pinterest, but quickly discovered that it was on several other websites as well. I figured, if everyone is posting it, it must be pretty good!
 Well, let me just tell you, they're not just pretty good. They're AMAZING! They were REALLY easy and quick to throw together, and they were gone literally in a matter of minutes. I'm not even kidding! Plus, you don't need any crazy weird ingredients. I'm sure you already have most of the ingredients in your pantry!
 So you should definitely make them for your next party. They're absolutely delicious and I PROMISE your guests will love them! Better make extra because they won't last long!

1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder (or more to taste)
1 1/2 cups milk
2 eggs
8 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded
8 oz Italian sausage, cooked, crumbled
5 oz pkg sliced pepperoni, chopped
1 cup pizza sauce (for dipping)

Heat oven to 375ºF.
Spray 2 mini muffin pans with nonstick baking spray. Set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and garlic powder.
Whisk in the milk and eggs.
Stir in the mozzarella, sausage, and pepperoni.
Let it stand 10 minutes.
Stir the batter, then fill the muffin pans evenly.
Bake until puffed and golden, about 20-25 minutes.
Serve with warm pizza sauce.

 The amounts in this recipe have been doubled so that it will make 4 dozen. I can't imagine only making 2 dozen (as with the original recipe) but you can cut everything in half if you are so inclined. Even with 4 dozen, they still didn't last very long!
 If you're not a fan of sausage or pepperoni on your pizza, try adding any other kind of pizza topping(s). Add sauteed mushrooms and/or green bell peppers. I bet you could even do diced ham and pineapple. Mmmm that sounds delicious.
 To add a little freshness to my jarred pizza sauce, I added some chopped fresh oregano. And for a little color and a hint of onion flavor, I sprinkled the top of each puff with some chopped fresh chives. Perfect!

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