Pepperoni and Mozzarella Stuffed Croissants

The origin of this recipe lies in the heart of combining classic Italian flavors with the universally loved French pastry, creating a delightful fusion that transcends traditional culinary boundaries. This recipe is special because it marries the spicy, savory taste of pepperoni and the creamy, gooey goodness of mozzarella, all enveloped in a buttery, flaky croissant. Imagine biting into the crisp outer layer, followed by the warm, comforting flavors of cheese and pepperoni—a perfect blend of crunch and melt. The aroma of baking dough intertwined with melting cheese and spicy pepperoni fills the kitchen, promising a feast for the senses. Visually, the golden-brown croissants with a hint of red peeking through promise a bite of heaven.

Ingredients

Serving Size

  • Serves 4

Grocery Items Needed

  • 1 package of pre-made croissant dough (8 count)
  • 8 slices of pepperoni
  • 1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 egg, for egg wash
  • 1 tablespoon of water
  • 1/2 cup of marinara sauce, for dipping
  • Fresh basil leaves, for garnish

Preparation

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Roll out the croissant dough and separate it into 8 triangles on a clean work surface.
  3. Place a slice of pepperoni on the wider end of each dough triangle, then top each with a generous amount of shredded mozzarella cheese.
  4. Carefully roll up the croissants starting from the wider end, enclosing the pepperoni and cheese, and place them on the prepared baking sheet.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and water to make an egg wash. Brush the tops of the croissants with the egg wash, ensuring a beautiful golden finish.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes, or until the croissants are golden brown and the cheese is bubbly.
  7. Let the croissants cool slightly on a wire rack before serving.

Expert Tips

  • For an extra kick, consider adding a sprinkle of red pepper flakes inside the croissants before baking.
  • If you prefer a vegetarian version, substitute the pepperoni with slices of bell pepper or sun-dried tomatoes for a delightful twist.

Serving Suggestions

Serve these pepperoni and mozzarella stuffed croissants fresh from the oven with a side of warm marinara sauce for dipping. Garnish with fresh basil leaves to add a pop of color and freshness. These croissants make for a perfect appetizer, brunch item, or even a decadent snack. Pair with a light salad or a cup of soup to round out a casual, yet sophisticated meal.

Nutrition Facts per Serving

  • Calories: 320
  • Total Fat: 20g
  • Saturated Fat: 8g
  • Cholesterol: 55mg
  • Sodium: 680mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 25g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1g
  • Sugars: 5g
  • Protein: 12g

Allergens: Wheat, Eggs, Milk


We hope you enjoy making and indulging in these pepperoni and mozzarella stuffed croissants. Don’t hesitate to share this recipe with friends and family, and encourage them to create their variations. Experimenting with different fillings or dough types can make this dish uniquely yours. Cooking is a journey of discovery, and we invite you to make this recipe a part of your culinary adventure.

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