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Bev Kelly | Bandera EC

Young guests will love these pizza puffs, but adults will enjoy them too. If you can’t find mini pepperoni rounds, use diced pepperoni or cut standard pepperoni slices into small pieces.

5 ounces (1 package) mini pepperoni rounds, divided use
2 cups flour
1 cup fresh shredded Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon crushed red chile flakes
1 1/2 cups whole milk
2 eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 cups shredded four-cheese pizza blend
Marinara sauce, for serving

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat two 24-cup mini muffin pans with nonstick spray. Reserve about ¼ cup pepperoni rounds and set aside.

2. In a large bowl, stir together flour, Parmesan, Italian seasoning, baking powder, sugar and red chile flakes. Stir in milk, eggs and oil until well blended, then stir in pizza cheese blend and remaining pepperoni.

3. Scoop a heaping tablespoon into each muffin cup and top with reserved pepperoni slices.

4. Bake 20 minutes, until puffed and golden brown. Let cool 5 minutes, then remove from pan and serve.

Makes about 4 dozen pizza puffs.

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