Retake Homemade: Mini Pizza Puffs

The inspiration for this recipe hails from the April 2010 issue of Everyday With Rachael Ray (pg. 83).  I offer this up as a homemade alternative to stuff like Totinos pizza roles.  They’re fresh, light, easy as can be, and a WHOLE lot healthier.  I made a few substitutions to the original recipe to lighten things up.  These are a fantastic appetizer for parties or snack to keep around the house.  Freeze on a cookie sheet and pop into a freezer bag then reheat at 350 for 8-10 minutes.  Makes 24 puffs at 47 calories and 1.8 grams of fat apiece (not counting the pizza sauce for dipping).

Variations: You can change up the fillings to any of your favorite pizza toppings so long as you chop them small.

Edited: I can and have made this with gluten free flour (no xanthan gum necessary) and with Daiya to make them dairy free.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup skim milk (original recipe called for whole)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 5 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese (original called for 4 oz.)
  • 3.5 oz. turkey pepperoni, diced (original called for 4 oz.)
  • 3.5 oz. baby bella mushrooms, finely diced (my addition)
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning (my addition)
  • 1/2 cup store bought or homemade pizza sauce (I actually like Ragu Light Tomato and Basil marinara for this)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Spray a 24 cup mini muffin pan with cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the milk and egg.
  4. Add the flour and baking powder and whisk until there are no clumps.
  5. Add the Italian seasoning.
  6. Stir in the mozzarella, pepperoni, and mushrooms.
  7. Allow to rest for about 10 minutes.
  8. Stir batter well and divide among the mini muffin cups.
  9. Bake until puffed and golden, about 20-25 minutes.
  10. Serve with warmed pizza sauce for dipping.

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7 thoughts on “Retake Homemade: Mini Pizza Puffs

  1. Tes

    This mini pizza puffs looks so interesting. They looks super delicious!
    Thanks for sharing,
    Tes

  2. Love the idea of freezing them to have a super easy snack handy!

    • Kait Nolan

      Just be sure to reheat them in the oven or toaster oven. They get soggy in the microwave.

  3. These Pizza Puffs sound like an awesome app, I definitely want to give them a try, thanks for sharing!

  4. christel42

    Ooh! I can’t wait. I adore mini anything, and am always looking for new ways to use my mini muffin sheets. Plus, it’s EASY, which is the most important part on a work night.

  5. I love this. I am going to share it on my Little Lunches Facebook page…great make ahead idea and fun way for kids to eat “pizza.”

  6. Christine

    Your recipe looks delicious and easy to do! I love recipes that aren’t scary and are very approachable. I am so excited to try these out! Just bought a min-muffin pan from Amazon and am counting down the seconds ’til I can start baking!

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