game day: pizza puffs

Happy Football Day, everyone! I’m a week late on the season-opening Sunday parties, but I doubt there will be a lack of game-day gatherings for you this year. Whip up these simple pizza puffs (recipe courtesy of Noble Pig) for the games today, or stash the recipe for another day, but they’re sure to be a crowd pleaser at any time. (Go Giants!)

3/4 c. flour
3/4 tsp. baking powder
3/4 c. milk
1 egg, lightly beaten
4 oz. mozzarella cheese (1 c.)
4 oz. cubed pepperoni (1 c.)
1/2 c. pizza sauce
2 tbs. fresh basil

Whisk together flour and baking powder, then add milk and egg. Stir in pepperoni and mozzarella cheese. Let stand for 10 minutes. Stir the batter and divide into a greased, 24-cup mini muffin tray. Bake 20-25 minutes at 375 degrees, until puffs are golden. Microwave pizza sauce for dipping, and garnish with basil. Yields 24 puffs.

Total time? 40 minutes (including 10 min. setting, 20 min. baking).
Cost? Relatively cheap, so long as shredded cheese and pepperoni are on sale.
Overall success relative to expectations? 7 out of 10 (the first time). On the first go, we got a few puffs that were weak on the pepperoni; when I made these a second time, I made sure I chopped the pepperoni smaller (time-consuming as that was) so it was more evenly dispersed throughout the puff batch. Overall, though, really easy and tasty, so give ’em a try.


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