Last Updated on January 5, 2023 by Ellen Christian
Looking for a healthy appetizer recipe? You will love these pizza puff appetizers! Make these homemade pizza puffs for all your parties.
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Healthy Appetizer Recipe
I try really hard to make healthy food choices when I grocery shop. I avoid processed food whenever possible and prefer to make it from scratch.
When my husband or the kids go to the store on their own, they bring home foods that are more processed than I prefer. They have a love for your traditional frozen foods like frozen pizza puff appetizers and snack foods.
I came up with some homemade healthy appetizer recipes to take their place.
I made these with a gluten-free flour blend so that my daughter could enjoy them. If you’re not following the gluten-free diet, you can use traditional all-purpose flour and they’ll come out just as delicious. The type of cheese you use is flexible.
Pizza puff appetizers
To keep it Italian in flavor, I used mozzarella as the main cheese. I used Colby Jack to sprinkle on top because that’s one of my husband’s favorites.
If you’d rather you could certainly use Cheddar or Parmesan instead. I used dried herbs because it’s wintertime; however, if it was summer I would have substituted fresh herbs from our garden instead.
What kind of dip should I serve with these?
We dip our pizza puff appetizers in a marinara sauce. But, you can easily use spaghetti sauce or pizza sauce if that’s what you have on hand.
My daughter enjoys dipping hers into ranch dressing at times. Or, try a homemade queso dip and use that. It’s all about what you want.
If you’re serving these at a party, set up a variety of smaller dipping cups with sauces so your guests can try out the dips they prefer. These little dipping cups make it very easy to set out sauces for everyone to try.
Other types of meats to try
I use pepperoni in my pizza puffs appetizers because it reminds me of pepperoni pizza. But, if you don’t have it on hand, you can leave it out if you prefer.
Or, you might want to try chopped ham, crumbled bacon, or ground beef. This recipe is flexible enough that you can change up the ingredients as long as you chop them up finely.
Alternatives for mini muffin tin
Using a mini muffin tin makes it easy to keep these healthy homemade appetizers all the same size. But, if you don’t have a mini muffin tin, there are a few alternatives.
You can use a full-size muffin tin and cut the muffins into four pieces after they have cooked. Just be sure to cook them longer to account for the size.
Or, you can roll them into balls and place them on a cookie sheet. I find it easiest to use a cookie scoop when I use this method to keep them the same size.
Serving tips for your party
If you’re serving these at a party, it’s very helpful to have a tiered appetizer tray to let everyone take the appetizers they want. You can also place a small cup of toothpicks or appetizer picks next to the try to make serving easier.
It prevents people from using their fingers directly on the food.
These Pizza Puff Appetizers will make a great appetizer for your football party or for any party you’d like to be able to offer homemade healthy appetizers. They would even work well as a late-night snack or light lunch for the kids.
What are your favorite homemade healthy appetizers?
- 3/4 cup all purpose flour or gluten free flour mix
- 3/4 tsp baking powder
- 1 egg
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1/4 cup other shredded cheese (I like Colby Jack)
- 3/4 tbsp Italian herbs, dried
- 1 cup spaghetti sauce (to dip in)
- 1/4 cup finely chopped pepperoni, nitrate free
- Organic olive oil spray
- Preheat the oven to 375F. Spray mini muffin tins with organic olive oil spray. It should make 18 mini pizza puff appetizers.
- Put flour and baking powder in a bowl. Add milk and egg. Whisk till combined.
- Add cheese, herbs and pepperoni. Let sit for 10 minutes.
- Divide between 18 mini muffins.
- Sprinkle cheese on top.
- Bake for 25 minutes until the tops are golden. Cool slightly & remove.
- Serve with dipping sauce while warm.
You can change the cheese to change the flavor.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 197Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 335mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 8g
Ellen is a busy mom of a 24-year-old son and 29-year-old daughter. She owns six blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes that it doesn’t have to be difficult to lead a healthy life. She shares simple healthy living tips to show busy women how to lead fulfilling lives. If you’d like to work together, email email@example.com to chat.