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Air-Fryer Pizza Puffs

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Cook: 10 min./batch

Makes

20 servings

I love pizza in any form so it seemed only logical to turn my pizza love into an appetizer. These little bundles can be made ahead of time and chilled until you're ready to pop them into the air fryer. —Vivi Taylor, Middleburg, Florida
Air-Fryer Pizza Puffs Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf (1 pound) frozen pizza dough, thawed
  • 20 slices pepperoni
  • 8 ounces part-skim mozzarella cheese, cut into 20 cubes
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 small garlic cloves, minced
  • Dash salt
  • Marinara sauce, warmed
  • Optional: Crushed red pepper flakes and grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat air fryer to 350°. Shape dough into 1-1/2-in. balls; flatten into 1/8-in.-thick circles. Place 1 pepperoni slice and 1 cheese cube in center of each circle; wrap dough around pepperoni and cheese. Pinch edges to seal; shape into a ball. Repeat with remaining dough, cheese and pepperoni.
  2. In batches, place seam side up in a single layer on greased tray in air-fryer basket; cook until light golden brown, 6-8 minutes. Cool slightly.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add garlic and salt, taking care not to brown butter or garlic; brush over puffs. Serve with marinara sauce; if desired, sprinkle with red pepper flakes and Parmesan.

Can You Freeze Air-Fryer Pizza Puffs?

Cover and freeze unbaked pizza puffs on waxed paper-lined baking sheets until firm. Transfer to a freezer container; seal and return to freezer. To use, preheat air fryer to 350°; bake pizza puffs on greased tray in air-fryer basket as directed, increasing time as necessary until golden brown.

Air Fryer Cook Times
In our testing, we find cook times vary dramatically between brands of air fryers. As a result, we give wider than normal ranges on suggested cook times. Begin checking at the first time listed and adjust as needed.

Nutrition Facts

1 pizza puff: 120 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 189mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 5g protein.

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