Pizza Muffins

Had an idea today for using up some pepperoni and mozzarella cheese that had been in my freezer about as long as I care to freeze them.  These were constructed using my Fluffy Biscuits dough for the bottom part of the muffin.  I wast concerned whether they would cook thoroughly in the center, but they DID get done and came out simply delicious.  My husband said he would have preferred regular pizza sauce over the thin tomato slices, but this was a quickie dinner and I had no pizza sauce made up (or bottled low-carb sauce in the pantry).  I actually prefer the fresh tomato better as I find it less heavy. 🙂  We will be making these again I’m sure!  They are not suitable for Induction.  Use all Jennifer’s homemade bake mix for a gluten free version.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 recipe my Fluffy Biscuits batter

6 slices mozzarella cheese, cut into quarters

12 slices pepperoni

1½ Roma tomatoes

5 oz. pork sausage or ground pork (if you have Italian sausage, omit next 5 ingredients)

1 clove garlic, minced

1 tsp. fennel seed, crushed

½ tsp. crushed oregano leaves

2 T. parsley, chopped

Dash coarse black pepper

DIRECTIONS:  If using a metal muffin pan, lightly oil it.  If using silicone, oiling won’t be needed, but bottoms of your muffins won’t brown as nicely.  In a skillet over medium heat, brown the sausage, breaking it into crumbles as you cook it until it is no longer pink.  Add garlic, fennel, oregano and parsley as it is cooking (or you can just use Italian sausage to begin with, which I didn’t have on hand).  Remove from heat.  Preheat oven to 350º.

Make Fluffy Biscuits dough per that recipe’s instructions.  Divide into 12 portions and place a portion in the bottom of each oiled muffin cup.  Slightly press flat and slightly up the sides.  Add 1 slice of pepperoni to each cup next.  Place ¼ slice mozzarella cheese in each cup.  Place small spoon of sausage mixture in each cup.  Slice Roma tomatoes thinly into 12 slices (less than ¼” or they won’t get done!!).  Again add ¼ slice of cheese to each muffin cup and top off with a final slice of pepperoni.   Pop pan into preheated 350º oven for about 15 minutes, watching closely (ovens vary) so they don’t over brown.   Mine were fully done in the middle by the time they were just starting to brown on top. Serve at once and enjoy!  Two filled me up; the hubs ate three of these for dinner.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:  Makes 12 Pizza Muffins, each contains:

237 calories, 19.6 g fat, 4.58 g carbs, 1.91 g fiber, 2.67 g NET CARBS, 12.0 g protein, 510 mg sodium

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