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Pepperoni Pizza Puffs Recipe

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First of all, I am not claiming these are healthy at all.  I am a firm believer of eating all foods, just  in moderation. I do not believe in eliminating any group of foods from your diet, unless you are allergic to the item. I do have a dairy allergy and peanut allergy so I can’t have these.  My husband hooked me up with some amazing baked hot wings, and I had some of those. My husband and boys, and their friends love them. I have 7 teenagers in the house to eat them all. And everything else in the house.

Now, the reason for these scrumptious little bites is that it’s Super Bowl Sunday. And for those who follow football, it is a feast of all the bad foods in one day. In our house, we try to balance out the bad with a little good. I did the Hummus recipe earlier and my husband is doing Guacamole as I type this post.

I doubled the recipe because of all the teenagers I am feeding, but for a regular batch you will need:

1/2 lb Provolone Cheese, shredded

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1/2 of an 18″ Pepperoni Stick, diced, sauteed and grease drained

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I chop my pepperoni stick into quarters before I put it in my food processor.  It just makes even chunks without pulverizing the pepperoni.

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Grind the pepperoni before cooking in a non-stick skillet.

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Once the pepperoni is sauteed, I prop the pan up to drain the grease. And there will be a lot of grease.

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I use a turkey baster to strain the grease out. Then I wipe up the rest with a paper towel. Toss the pepperoni in the bowl with the grated provolone cheese. Now you are going to add the remaining ingredients.

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3/4 Cup All Purpose Flour
3/4 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning
1/8 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
1 teaspoon Garlic Salt
3/4 Cup Milk
1 Egg, slightly beaten
1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese
1 – 2 Cup Package Mozzarella Cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 24-cup mini muffin pan.

Stir all the ingredients together in the bowl. Allow it to sit for 10 minutes. Add a few more shakes of garlic salt, if necessary and stir to mix.

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Spray mini muffin tins with Pam Cooking Spray

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Spoon mixture into mini muffin cups.

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Bake until golden brown and puffed up. Approximately 25 minutes. Allow to cool in the tray for 10 minutes. Lift out and cool on wire rack.

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Heat up some pizza sauce for dunking your Pizza Puffs.

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Enjoy,

Michelel