Mama Mia’s Italian Pizza Puffs w Pepperoni Dunking Sauce

August 11, 2014 by Kari Karch

This is a wonderful recipe for those who have celiac disease and also for those who just love pizza! Check out Taylor’s story and please share if you know of anyone who might have celiac.


preparation time
15 mins

cook time




1.5 cup gluten-free flour

1.5 teaspoons gluten-free baking powder

1.5 cup 1% low-fat milk

2 eggs lightly beaten

8 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese

0.25 pounds packaged sliced pepperoni

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

0.25 small onion finely diced

2 garlic cloves minced

0.25 teaspoons fennel seed toasted

0.5 teaspoons crushed red pepper flake

8 ounces canned tomatoes chopped

0.75 cup low sodium chicken stock

1 bay leaf



Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 12-cup muffin pan. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder; whisk in the milk and eggs. Stir in the mozzarella, oregano and sea salt, and then let stand for 10 minutes. Stir the batter and divide among the muffin cups. Bake until puffed and golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Heat the oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat, until the oil shimmers. Add the onion and garlic; cook for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring often, until they are golden and fragrant. Stir in the pepperoni; cook for about 5 minutes, until fragrant and evenly coated, then add the toasted fennel seed and crushed red pepper flakes. Cook for 1 minute, stirring. Add the tomatoes and their juices (to taste), the broth and the bay leaf; stir to incorporate. Once the mixture starts to bubble at the edges, cover and cook for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. The pepperoni slices will be soft, with a deeper color. Remove from the heat. Working in batches as needed, transfer to a food processor or a high-powered blender (including the bay leaf). Puree until smooth. The sauce is ready to use.

Kari Karch

Kari Karch is a 19-year veteran of the culinary industry, creator of Kiss the Cook, and the head chef and spokesperson for the Kenmore brand. She has made many notable appearances on ABC Morning News, on WGN, on the Cooking Channel and as a judge for the World Food Championships.