Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Pepperoni Poppers

These delicious little poppers came out of a recipe fail. Isn't it funny how that happens sometimes? I posted Calzones last week, for which I used store-bought pizza dough. I planned to divide it in four balls and then roll those out into flat disks to make my calzones. I quickly learned that store bought pizza dough really only likes to roll out in the way it was designed to. So I thought crap, what am supposed to do with this big ball of dough!? And, today's recipe was born.

I find that any combination of cheese, dough and pepperoni is pretty much a safe bet. I served these up with some homemade ranch dipping sauce (which I will post soon) and they disappeared within minutes! In light of Halloween, I found myself thinking that these looked like little eye balls! You could pop a sliced green or black olive right in the center of each pepperoni and have a spooky little eyeball snack, that your guests can dip in "blood" (better known as marinara sauce) for your Halloween party this year!

Pepperoni Poppers
  • 1 can thin crust pizza dough
  • 4-5 pieces of string cheese
  • pepperoni
  • ranch or marinara for dipping
Separate the pizza dough into 15-20 small balls, around golf ball sized or a little smaller.
Cut the string cheese into 4-5 pieces and stuff into the center of each dough ball. Seal the cheese inside the ball.
Lay on greased baking sheet and press down slightly.
Place a pepperoni on top of each ball.
Bake at 425 for 15-20 minutes until golden brown and cooked through.


  1. How perfect is that idea for RIGHT NOW! COOL! :) Now I need a halloween party to go to. lol :)

  2. I have done the same thing. I balled up the dough only to figure out that I couldn't roll it out again. I think I ended up making fried dough. These look yummy, great quick thinking!