Pepperoni Pizza Puffs

Pepperoni Pizza Puffs Recipe

Most of the time I try to be a good girl and eat my salads and veggies, but come football time, I’m perfectly happy gorging on chicken wings and pizza. If you’re looking for something fun to serve for the big game, try out these Pepperoni Pizza Puffs!

These pizza puffs are kind of like a pepperoni pizza, but instead of sitting on a crust, the sauce and pepperoni are nestled inside a pillow of puff pastry.

I’ll say that again. “Nestled inside a pillow of puff pastry.” How could anything nestled inside a pillow of puff pastry not be delicious?

You start out making a simple tomato sauce, with some fresh thyme and rosemary for good flavor:

Pizza Sauce Recipe Pepperoni Pizza

Then you can add some chopped pepperoni, mozzarella, and parsley to the sauce.

A quick note about the pepperoni: I was able to find an all natural (no preservatives or chemicals) pepperoni at Whole Foods, but check your local store to see if they have some natural pepperoni (it’s a dried product, so they may have it on the shelf if they don’t have any in the refrigerated section).

Pepperoni Pizza Sauce

Roll out a sheet of puff pastry and place small plops of the pepperoni pizza sauce on one half of the puff pastry strip, rub the edges with a little egg wash, and fold over the top (the photos below go top to bottom):

Pizza Puff Folding

Then crimp the sides with a fork. Doesn’t have to be too tight since it will puff up and open slightly anyway, but crimping the edges will keep the puff from opening up altogether:

Pizza Puff Crimping

Brush the tops with some egg wash so they get extra golden brown, and throw the pan in the oven until the puff pastry is puffed up and golden.

Pizza Puff Egg Wash

Enjoy! The recipe for these pepperoni pizza puffs is below, and also here’s the replay from my How to Make Super Crispy Chicken Wings google + hangout from last night. If you were there, you know that there were lots of technical difficulties…the google + server just didn’t want to cooperate last night. So this was actually my second broadcast from after I had started a bit, but fortunately I was able to start over and get through the entire thing the second time around. Thanks to all of you who were there and for your patience, it was really appreciated.

Pepperoni Pizza Puffs

Yield: Makes about 24 pizza puffs, but depends on the size

Pepperoni Pizza Puffs

Ingredients:

  • 14.5 oz can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 5 sprigs rosemary
  • 10 sprigs thyme
  • 5 oz link dried pepperoni, chopped
  • 8 oz package shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 recipe puff pastry
  • 1 egg, beaten

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Puree the fire roasted tomatoes and tomato paste in food processor or blender until smooth. Place the tomatoes in a saucepan, add the rosemary and thyme, and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. This will give the herbs time to infuse the tomato sauce with their flavor.
  3. Turn the heat off and add the chopped pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, and parsley. Stir it all together and taste for seasoning. Add salt and pepper as needed.
  4. Roll out the puff pastry and cut rectangles from the dough with a knife or pizza cutter, and place a spoonful of the pepperoni pizza sauce on one side of the puff pastry. Dip your finger in the beaten egg and line one side of the rectangle, and fold the puff pastry square over so it creates a pocket. Crimp the edges with a fork, and place the pizza pocket on a sheet pan. Repeat with the remaining puff pastry and pizza sauce, then brush all the tops with egg wash. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until the puff pastry is golden brown and puffed. Serve the pizza puffs while hot. Enjoy!
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  • avatar Mallory @ Total Noms January 29, 2013, 4:37 pm

    “nestled inside a pillow of puff pastry”…. sold!!!! These are so cute and seem like a perfect accompaniment to wings :)

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  • avatar Tommy January 29, 2013, 5:21 pm

    These are awesome little pizza pillows! I don’t need a party to make these. I’d be happy to eat these anytime, any day. The puffy pastry looks like it makes a great crust. And, it’s not as doughy as regular pizza crust. Really, really great stuff.

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  • avatar Averie @ Averie Cooks January 29, 2013, 6:19 pm

    Well aren’t these the most perfect little bites ever! They’d be devoured in seconds around here!

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  • avatar Jen @ Savory Simple January 29, 2013, 6:31 pm

    These are perfect! I think I might have to bring these to the party I’m going to.

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  • avatar Kristi @ Cherry Jasmine January 29, 2013, 9:52 pm

    Hello little Pepperoni Pizza Puffs… you look so delicious, I want to eat you. Yum, yum! I’m adding this to my list of appetizers for my next party!

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  • avatar Lynn January 30, 2013, 7:10 am

    My kids love pizza pockets. This looks awesome. Bet it would be a good recipe for freezing too (and much healthier than the prepackaged ones in the freezer section)!

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  • avatar Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie January 30, 2013, 8:58 am

    I could eat these for dinner. Or breakfast, since it’s 8am.

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  • avatar Cassie | Bake Your Day January 30, 2013, 10:05 am

    These are such a great idea! I grew up on Pizza Rolls but can’t even remember the last time I had one. This could be a grown-up version!

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  • avatar Jennette January 30, 2013, 10:48 am

    I’m going to have to make these for the BIG-weekend! Thanks for sharing your recipe(s).

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  • avatar Karly January 30, 2013, 11:11 am

    I can not even handle how beautiful these turned out! Love it!

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  • avatar JulieD January 30, 2013, 11:11 am

    These look so cute!!

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  • avatar Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen January 30, 2013, 11:42 am

    What a fun appetizer idea! These will definitely be a hit a my house!

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  • avatar Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts January 30, 2013, 11:52 am

    Dang girl, these look good!

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  • avatar aimee @ shugarysweets January 30, 2013, 2:12 pm

    Oh my word my kids would DEVOUR these little puffs!!!

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  • avatar Myrtle January 31, 2013, 7:24 pm

    Mmm…we used to buy those Totino’s frozen pizza pockets, and these look like those, except the deliciousness levels are around…10x higher, I’d say.

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  • avatar Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust January 31, 2013, 9:04 pm

    These are super amazing! I may have to make these this weekend. :)

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  • avatar Katie B February 1, 2013, 4:17 pm

    My sister has a red meat allergy, so do you think it would it be possible to make a cheese version??

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    • avatar Joanne Ozug February 2, 2013, 11:22 am

      Hi Katie, absolutely you could just do cheese. I would say you can definitely experiment with the recipe too. If you like you could even add some red pepper flakes to make the sauce spicy, or really just change it up a bit to suit your tastes.

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      • avatar Katie B February 2, 2013, 11:50 am

        Thanks so much!! (:

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  • avatar Anita at Hungry Couple February 9, 2013, 2:22 pm

    I don’t need a football game in order to want something nestled inside a pillow of puff pastry!! :)

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  • avatar Kelsi February 10, 2013, 9:59 pm

    What brand of puff pastry do you use? Can’t wait to make these!

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    • avatar Joanne Ozug February 10, 2013, 10:18 pm

      I always make my own, I linked to the recipe in the recipe box =)

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      • avatar Kelsi February 11, 2013, 3:28 pm

        I just saw that! lol. Thank you!

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  • avatar Linda March 10, 2013, 10:24 am

    Did you strip the fresh herbs and leave them in the sauce or just infuse the sauce with them?

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    • avatar Joanne Ozug March 10, 2013, 1:16 pm

      Hi Linda, they are just there to infuse some flavor into the sauce. If you want you could mince the herbs very finely if you’d like to have a more pronounced flavor in the sauce.

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  • avatar carrian April 8, 2013, 12:18 pm

    OH MY GOSH!!!! STOP THE BUS! I’m seriously dying over here and I mean seriously, I truly love this. PINNING IT!

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    • avatar Joanne Ozug April 8, 2013, 2:00 pm

      LOL Carrian, you crack me up! Thanks lady =) PS I forgot, are you going to any food conferences this year?

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  • avatar Mommypage April 9, 2013, 1:22 pm

    Yum!! That looks amazing! It seems like the perfect appetizer for a party. I bet they would be perfect for kids too!

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  • avatar Karly May 15, 2013, 9:13 am

    So, you’re saying that I need to step my game up a notch? No more “Here, kids, go microwave some pizza rolls.” I can handle that if it results in this crazy good meal.

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  • avatar Jocelyn @BruCrew Life May 16, 2013, 8:00 am

    Those are so crazy good looking! My kids would have them gone in no time at all!!! I love this fun homemade version of the pizza pockets with puff pastry. That pastry is going on my shopping list asap!!!!

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  • avatar Trish @ Mom On Timeout May 16, 2013, 1:08 pm

    These would be so amazing for dinner or any party – just beautiful!

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  • avatar Shelly May 29, 2013, 9:45 am

    Can these be frozen? If so should I freeze before or after they are baked?

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    • avatar Joanne Ozug May 30, 2013, 10:33 am

      Hi Shelly, I have not tried freezing these so I’m not sure how it would go. If you’re going to try it I would recommend only freezing before. If you try it please let us know how it turns out.

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