Recipe for Pizza Poppers - spicy, savory appetizer perfect for game day or a party!

Last night we got home from small group later than normal, which meant I put Annalyn to bed later than normal and we started talking about what to eat for dinner EVEN LATER. As in, we ordered a pizza just minutes before the store closed and after waiting 45 minutes for it to be delivered, decided the delivery guy probably took our pizza home. So after some hemming and hawing and lamenting the fact that only fast food places were open now, Mark jumped in the car to hit a drive thru. Of course, THAT is when the pizza FINALLY got to our house, which is why we ate dinner at an obscenely late hour.

And that is also why I don’t have a brain cell left to write something deeper than a recipe post right now. Well, that and the fact that I’m sitting on the couch next to my husband, who’s using his remote control powers for evil not good – flipping between Vanilla Ice’s home remodeling show and Finding Bigfoot.

I’m not even kidding. [Oh, and look! Now we – HE – found a show on the Cooking Channel with two girls who call themselves the “Beer Chicks.” *sigh*]

So let me just tell you about the delicious {and spicy!} appetizer I made last weekend.

A hundred years ago (FINE. two years ago.), my friend Dana wrote about Pizza Snowballs. The short version is that she smushed canned biscuits, cheese and pepperoni into balls, baked them in a muffin tin, and had a quick, easy and tasty meal that her kids loved helping her make.

Sounds good, right?

I’ve thought about making them several times, but remembered Dana’s recipe most recently when I noticed I’d pinned something very similar. After comparing the two recipes, considering the pros and cons of each, calculating the cost of ingredients, and basically saying “eeny meeny miney moe,” I decided to go with the Rachael Ray recipe that Monica adapted on Lick the Bowl Good.

Because I needed more pizza pieces (Wow. Say THAT three times fast: “pizza pieces, pizza pieces, pizza pieces”!) than Monica’s recipe yielded, I adapted it even further – mainly by doubling it and adding sausage.

You know, just in case the original recipe wasn’t spicy or greasy enough for you.


Recipe for Pizza Poppers - spicy, savory appetizer perfect for game day or a party!

Pizza Poppers

1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp basil
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp salt (optional)
1 1/2 cups milk
2 eggs
2 cups Italian mix shredded cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1 cup diced pepperoni
1 cup browned sausage
1 cup pizza (or spaghetti) sauce

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Mix dry ingredients, then stir in milk and egg. Fold in cheeses and meat, and let stand for 10 minutes. Pour or scoop batter into greased mini muffin tin. Bake 20-25 minutes. Yields 48 mini muffins. Serve with warmed pizza sauce.


When I realized that I needed to add sausage to my batter because I didn’t have enough pepperoni for the doubled recipe, I wondered if I really needed to make so many. Then I tried one, and I thought, “Yeah, it’s probably a good thing I doubled the recipe. I hope my friends like them.

THEY ATE THEM ALL. I’m pretty sure if I’d TRIPLED the recipe, they would’ve EATEN THEM ALL. And there I’d thought I’d bring home a few and call it good for dinner.

Because, as I may have mentioned earlier, dinner on small group nights is kind of an issue.

Oh, hey, you know what’s funny? The blog post where I found the recipe for the pizza poppers? Talks about HER husband watching horrible TV shows! Apparently this is a common problem.

What’s your favorite late-night dinner? And does anyone in your house watch horrible TV when he (OR SHE) gets control of the remote?

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