Pizza Poppers

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Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 16 servings

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Ingredients

•4 to 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
•1/3 cup sugar
•1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
•1 teaspoon dried oregano
•1/2 teaspoon salt
•1 cup water
•1 tablespoon shortening
•1 egg
•3 cups (12 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
•1-1/3 cups minced pepperoni (about 5 ounces)
•2 cups pizza sauce, warmed

Method

•In a large bowl, combine 2 cups of flour, sugar, yeast, oregano and salt. In a saucepan, heat water and shortening to 120°-130°. Add to dry ingredients; beat until moistened. Add egg; beat on medium speed for 1 minute. Stir in cheese and pepperoni; mix well. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
• Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
• Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into four pieces. Divide each piece into eight balls. Roll each ball into a 12-in. rope. Tie into a loose knot, leaving two long ends. Fold top end under roll; bring bottom end up and press into center of roll. Place on greased baking sheets. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
• Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm with pizza sauce. Yield: 32 appetizers.

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