Mario's Pizza Puffs

Posted: August 27

Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 20 servings

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Your favorite back-to-school lunch is here — even if your school days are behind you! Mario's Pizza Puffs make for a delicious snack that will leave you happy and satisfied, as much as a slice of pizza would! Each bite contains golden pizza dough, melted mozzarella cheese, and a spicy and savory pepperoni slice! Pair Mario’s Pizza Puffs with your favorite dipping sauce for maximum delight!


• 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 cloves garlic, minced • salt, to taste • marinara sauce, to taste, warmed • red pepper flakes, optional, crushed, for topping • parmesan cheese, optional, to taste, grated, for topping


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Step 2

Grease 2 baking sheets.

Step 3

Shape the dough into 1 1/2-inch balls.

Step 4

Flatten the dough balls into 1/8-inch thick circles.

Step 5

Place 1 pepperoni slice and 1 cheese cube in the center of each circle.

Step 6

Wrap the dough around the pepperoni and cheese, pinching the edges to seal it.

Step 7

Shape the dough into a ball again.

Step 8

Repeat the filling and sealing process with the remaining dough, cheese, and pepperoni.

Step 9

Place the balls seam side down on the prepared baking sheets.

Step 10

Bake until light golden brown, about 10-15 minutes.

Step 11

Cool the puffs slightly.

Step 12

Melt butter over low heat in a small saucepan.

Step 13

Add the garlic and salt, taking care not to brown the butter or the garlic.

Step 14

Brush the butter mixture over the puffs.

Step 15

Serve the puffs with the marinara sauce, sprinkled with the red pepper flakes and parmesan.

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