So I hear there’s a big football game coming up? I honestly do not care about football especially pro football. I do love me some Aggie football, although recently we haven’t been too good and it can awfully hard to watch. I do occasionally ”watch” the superbowl with friends but I’d say that’s only once every 3-4 years if that. So forgive me my football loving friends!
When I do “watch” the game, its usually more of an excuse to have a party and cook up some good eats. These make a great game-day appetizer (especially since they can be made in advance and frozen) or a great food for the little ones. I baked these up recently for a family at church who’s newborn is in the hospital. They have two little ones at home, including one picky-eater who loved these! I was surprised actually how much I enjoyed these. If you’re fixing them for the freezer, I’d recommend doing at least a double batch. They were a bit addictive!
Pepperoni Pizza Puffs
Yields: 48 mini puffs
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp italian seasoning
1 1/2 cup milk
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (or italian cheese blend)
8 ounces pepperoni, cut into small pieces (about 2 cups)
1 cup marinara sauce (homemade or store-bought)
Preheat the oven to 375°. Grease two 24-cup mini-muffin pan. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and italian seasoning; 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, 20-25 minutes. Serve with warm marinara sauce for dipping.
Freezer-instructions: Freeze baked puffs in a single layer on a baking sheet, then transfer to freezer bag. To reheat: bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes.
Source: Adapted from Everyday with Rachel Ray