This time of year, I love serving finger foods whenever guests pop in. They’re easy to serve and easy for guests to eat, especially if they’re balancing a drink and a plate after plucking goodies off a buffet.
But I’m picky about what new dishes I try: They need to be delicious, of course, but I also look for things that are a twist on the familiar, that are fun to eat, and that are a snap to put together.
This recipe, which I taught at a cooking class last month, fits the bill on all counts. You can whip them up in just minutes, they bake quickly, and you probably have all or most of the ingredients on hand already. A good-quality prepared pasta sauce will work just fine for the dipping sauce, too.
Pepperoni Cheese Mini Muffins
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups milk
1 cup diced pepperoni, tightly packed
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/3 cup grated parmesan or romano cheese
1 tsp baking powder
1 TBS granulated garlic
1 TBS dried basil leaves
1 TBS dried oregano leaves
warm marinara sauce for dipping
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray mini muffin cups with non stick cooking spray.
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well. Drop mixture by teaspoonfull into the muffin cups. Bake 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Serve warm with the marinara sauce.