Total Time

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


20 servings


1 loaf (1 pound) frozen pizza dough, thawed20 slices pepperoni8 ounces part-skim mozzarella cheese, cut into 20 cubes1/4 cup butter2 small garlic cloves, mincedDash saltMarinara sauce, warmedOptional: Crushed red pepper flakes and grated Parmesan cheese


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. In batches, place seam side up in a single layer in greased air fryer; cook until light golden brown, 6-8 minutes. Cool slightly. 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. Freeze option: 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 baking sheets as directed, increasing time as necessary until golden brown.

Nutrition Facts

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