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Category: Lunch, Dinner, Snack Calorie Count: 193 (for three pizza bites) Macronutrient ratio: Carb-induced calories—4% Protein: 11 grams Carbohydrates: 2 grams Total Fat: 15 grams
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 4


  • 12 slices pepperoni slices while you can substitute smaller slices, you really will prefer large slices
  • 12 mozzarella balls mini-sized
  • 12 basil leaves fresh
  • 12 toppings preferred
  • seasonings to taste


  • While preheating the oven to 400 F, line 12 cups of a mini muffin tin with your pepperoni slices. While smaller slices can be layered, they really do fit and work so much better with large slices. (And to help aid that fit, you can make a few slits in the pepperoni slices from the edge toward the center to help the slices better fold and conform to the edges of the muffin tin.)
  • Bake 5 minutes before removing from the oven—though leave the oven on. Let cool 5-10 minutes, so the pepperoni can crisp back up.
  • In each muffin space, spoon ½ teaspoon of tomato paste into the bottom, layering it smoothly on top of your pepperoni cup. Follow up with a mozzarella ball and basil leaf in each cup, as well as any additional seasonings as you see fit. Return the muffin tin to the oven, baking another 3-5 minutes to let the cheese melt appropriately.
  • Remove your muffin tin from the oven and let cool 5-10 minutes before serving; use caution, as the cheese will likely still be quite hot.


Again, the quality of your ingredients matters. We recommend getting good pepperoni from the deli counter, and consider getting your mozzarella balls from a quality cheese shop. As this is a relatively simple recipes, letting the quality of your ingredients shine is key to really making a fantastic treat.
Tools Needed:
  • Muffin tin
  • Spoon