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Pepperoni Pizza Balls

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Pepperoni Pizza Balls

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preparation time

00:20 20min


Cooking time

00:30 30min


ingredients

  • 175 g pepperoni, sliced
  • ½ tsp. (2.5 ml) flaked red pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) chopped parsley
  • 1 tbsp. (15 ml) Italian seasoning
  • 2 tbsp. (30 ml) chopped chives
  • ½ cup (125 ml) grated parmesan
  • ½ cup (125 ml) grated mozzarella
  • 1 ball (454 g) pizza dough
  • 1 cup (250 ml) marinara sauce, hot
  • Vegetable oil, for cooking

instructions

  1. Chop the pepperoni slices into squares (about ¼ in./ 7 mm)
  2. Heat a cast iron pan over medium high heat, add some oil and cook the pepperoni until it starts to crisp.
  3. Add the garlic and the red pepper flakes and continue cooking another minute.
  4. Transfer the mixture into a large bowl, add the Italian seasoning, chives and parmesan and mix well. Do not wash the cast iron pan.
  5. Divide the dough in 2, lightly flour a work surface and roll out the dough to form a sausage shape about 12 in. (30 cm) long.
  6. Cut the dough into rounds of 1 in. (2.5 cm).
  7. Gently roll the segments into balls and place in the bowl with the pepperoni-herb-parmesan mix.
  8. Repeat the process with the remaining dough.
  9. Roll the dough balls in the mixture to coat evenly and place them side by side in the cast iron pan. Sprinkle balls with any remaining mixture. Cover with a dampened towel and let rise 4 hours. The dough should double in volume.
  10. Preheat oven to 425°F (230°C).
  11. Sprinkle the pizza balls with mozzarella and bake 25 minutes or until cheese just starts to brown. Serve hot accompanied by a bowl of marinara sauce.