One of my favorite memories for Halloween that isn’t trick-or-treating is the time before going out with Dad and my sisters. It might be the anticipation for the motherlode of candy I was about to get, or getting to wear the awesome costumes my mom would make (seriously, that woman is a magician with a sewing machine), or maybe it was getting to eat dinner (usually pizza that night) and watch historical ghost shows on History Channel. My favorite was about the ghosts of Gettysburg. After dinner, we would put on our amazing costumes, and Mom would take pictures. After that, it was chocolate central.
Now, we would order a pizza, but these pizza balls look SO GOOD, I’m heavily considering making them this year for Will and myself. It looks really easy and really tasty!
Pizza Puffs (recipe originally from here)
1 loaf (1 pound) frozen pizza dough, thawed
20 slices pepperoni
8 ounces part-skim mozzarella cheese, cut into 20 cubes
1/4 cup butter
2 small garlic cloves, minced
Marinara sauce, warmed
Crushed red pepper flakes and grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
- Preheat oven to 400°. Shape dough into 1-1/2-in. balls; flatten into 1/8-in. thick circles. Place 1 pepperoni slice and 1 cheese cube in center of each circle; wrap dough around pepperoni and cheese. Pinch edges to seal; shape into a ball. Repeat with remaining dough, cheese and pepperoni. Place seam side down on greased baking sheets; bake until light golden brown, 10-15 minutes. Cool slightly.
- Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add garlic and salt, taking care not to brown butter or garlic; brush over puffs. Serve with marinara sauce; if desired, sprinkle with red pepper flakes and Parmesan.
- Freeze option: Cover and freeze unbaked pizza puffs on waxed paper-lined baking sheets until firm. Transfer to a freezer container; seal and return to freezer. To use, preheat oven to 325°; bake pizza puffs on greased baking sheets as directed, increasing time as necessary to heat through.
1 pizza puff: 120 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 189mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 5g protein.
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