I enlisted my thirteen-year old daughter, Allanah, my eight-year old niece, Jacqueline, and my five-year old daughter, Ayvah, to make dinner tonight. I had tested this recipe last week, but presented them the challenge of making it from start to finish on their own this time around.
Things went well. They didn't burn the kitchen down and, in fact, these came out perfectly. My only role was to take the photos as they went along. They all agreed that this is an easy recipe to follow. The recipe calls for super simple ingredients and has very easy prep.
And, the bite-size puffs are super delicious. They are great for kids, obviously. But, these would, also, be perfect for parties, card night or watching the big game on t.v. They do go fast, however, so you may desire to double the recipe.
The only part the kiddos didn't like was when I told them that they had to do the dishes afterwards.
"We cooked, so why should we have to do the dishes, too?"
Touché, my dears!
3/4 cup flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 tablespoon Italian seasoning
Pinch of salt
Pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)
3/4 cup milk
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup pepperoni (use either cubed, mini or regular pepperoni cut into quarters)
1 cup store-bought pizza or marinara sauce
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Grease a 24-cup mini-muffin pan liberally with non-stick spray. Set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, Italian seasoning, salt and red pepper flakes (if using).
Whisk in the milk and egg.
Stir in the mozzarella, Parmesan and pepperoni. Let stand for 10 minutes.
Stir the batter and divide among the mini-muffin cups.
Bake until puffed and golden ... about 15 - 17 minutes.
Meanwhile, microwave the pizza sauce until warmed through. Serve the puffs with the pizza sauce for dipping.
Recipe adapted from Lick the Bowl Good
02/01/17: Updated a portion of the photos and made clarifications to post.