In these rocky financial times, I've been trying to save on the grocery budget by staying away from pre-prepared foods. Not only has it saved us some money, but we really enjoy knowing what ingredients are going into our favorite (junk) comfort foods.
3/4 cup flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup whole milk
� teaspoon salt
1 egg, lightly beaten
4 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded (about 1 cup)
4 ounces pepperoni, cut into small cubes (about 1 cup)
1 cup pizza sauce for dipping (recipe below)
Preheat the oven to 375�. Grease a 24-cup mini-muffin pan. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder; whisk in the milk and egg. Stir in the mozzarella and pepperoni; let stand for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, microwave the pizza sauce until warmed through. Serve the puffs with the pizza sauce for dipping. (sauce recipe below)
MY PIZZA SAUCE
I've been working on this pizza sauce recipe (literally) for decades and it is finally exactly where we want it. I wouldn't even think of buying pizza sauce again (sale or no sale)!!! This sauce goes together in just a few minutes and it is VERY good.
1/3 cup chopped onion
1/3 cup chopped celery
1 clove garlic minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
(1) 6 oz. can of tomato paste
(1�) 6 oz. can of water
1 teaspoon dry oregano
1 teaspoon dry basil
� teaspoon fennel seeds (do not leave out)
� teaspoon salt
� teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon dry red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon sugar (do not leave out)
2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese (added after simmer)
Saute onion, celery and garlic in olive oil until tender. Add everything else (except the Parmesan cheese) and simmer slowly for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in Parmesan cheese.
NOTE: If the sauce seems a little thick (we like it that way), jut add a little more water.