I enlisted my thirteen-year old daughter, Allanah, along with my eight-year old niece, Jacqueline, and my five-year old daughter, Ayvah, to make dinner tonight. I had found a new recipe to try from Monica on Lick the Bowl Good for Pepperoni Pizza Puffs. The recipe looked like a pretty simple thing to have the three of them make. So, I presented them the challenge of making it from start to finish on their own ... all they had to do was follow the recipe.
Things went well. They didn't burn the kitchen down and, in fact, these came out perfectly, I think. My kids love those pizza bagel bites from the frozen section of the grocery store, so these looked like something I figured they would love, too!
My only role was to take the photos as they went along ... oh, and I did have to step in a couple of times to show them where some of the ingredients were stashed on the pantry shelves. Other than that, they agreed that it was an easy recipe to follow and they loved how they turned out!
All of the kids were, literally, fighting over the last one!
The only part they 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
1 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 or cut regular pepperoni into quarters)
1 cup store-bought pizza sauce
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Grease a 24-cup mini-muffin pan liberally with non-stick spray.
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 - 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, microwave the pizza sauce until warmed through. Serve the puffs with the pizza sauce for dipping. (We sprinkled some grated Parmesan cheese on top of our sauce, which made it expecially tasty!)
Recipe adapted from Lick the Bowl Good