Air Fryer Pepperoni Basil Tomato Puffs — When I was a kid, my mom used to make these little fried dough balls with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. They were always my favorite – they’re crispy on the outside but soft and gooey in the center. We decided to try an air fryer version of this classic dish by adding pepperoni basil tomatoes for a nice Italian flavor twist! The best part is that you can have them any time of day: breakfast, lunch or dinner! You can even fry up some eggs and bacon while you wait for your puffs to cook. This recipe takes about 15 minutes total start-to-finish; we hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Air Fryer Pepperoni Basil Tomato Puffs

Once upon a time, there was a delicious recipe that had been passed down from generation to generation. This recipe for Air Fryer Pepperoni Basil Tomato Puffs has been tried and tested by many generations of cooks and is now available for you to try! It consists of air fryer pepperoni basil tomato puffs which are made with puff pastry dough, and filled with mozzarella cheese, shredded basil leaves, diced tomatoes, and pepperonis. The dish will be cooked in the air fryer until it’s golden brown on top.

These are so good! So, serve them at your next holiday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve Party, or Easter or these are even great for a game-day snack!

Oh so good!

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What Are Pepperoni Basil Tomato Puffs?

Have you ever wanted to make yummy appetizers but didn’t know where to start? Look no further! These pepperoni basil tomato puffs are easy to make and so tasty your guests will be begging for more. Plus, they only require a few ingredients so you can whip them up in no time.

Pepperoni Basil Tomato Puffs are a delicious appetizer or main course. They’re made with puff pastry, pepperoni, basil, and tomatoes. Pepperoni Basil Tomato Puffs are the perfect party food because they’re easy to make and everyone will love them! If you’re looking for a tasty and healthy dish, air fryer appetizer, give Pepperoni Basil Tomato Puffs a try!

Why You Will Love This Recipe?

Everyone loves a good recipe. I have one that will make your heart sing and your taste buds start to drool. This is an easy appetizer that has been passed from generation to generation, just as long as you know what spices go into it!

All the ingredients are super healthy and you’ll be glad to know this recipe doesn’t take too much time, especially with the air fryer! You get the crispy texture, without the cooking time of the oven!

Ingredients Needed For Air Fryer Pepperoni Basil Tomato Puffs

Ingredients Needed For Air Fryer Pepperoni Basil Tomato Puffs
  • Puff Pastry
  • Roma Tomatoes
  • Shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • Sliced Pepperoni
  • Fresh Basil
  • Egg Yolk
  • Water
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper

How To Make Air Fryer Pepperoni Basil Tomato Puffs

How To Make Air Fryer Pepperoni Basil Tomato Puffs

Start by lining your air fryer basket with a reusable air fryer silicone liner. Both were sprayed with cooking spray. Cut your sheet puff pastry dough into 9 equal size portions. 

Then on top of the pastry square add a sliced tomato, 2 slices of pepperoni, a sprinkle of parm cheese, salt, black pepper, and a basil leaf on top. Bring one side edge together to meet. 

How To Make Air Fryer Pepperoni Basil Tomato Puffs

In a small bowl, mix the egg yolk and water together. With a pastry brush, brush the egg mixture over the puff pastry. Preheat your air fryer to 380 degrees F, air fryer setting, for 5 minutes. Add your puff pastry to the air fryer, and cook for about 5 to 8 minutes, until the puff pastry is golden brown. 

Air Fryer Pepperoni Basil Tomato Puffs

Tips for Success?

This delicious, healthy recipe can be handy if you plan to make the pizza roll bites for your kids and don’t want them eating store-bought frozen pizzas where ingredients are unknown.

Spacing: Leave space around the pizza rolls, so the puff pastry can fully cook up. The hot air needs to freely flow around the air fryer basket, causing the puff pastry to puff up!

Liner: You can either use parchment paper to line the basket or use a reusable silicone liner, both will help your dough from sticking to the basket.

Timing: Since every air fryer is slightly different, it’s important that you check on the Pepperoni Basil Tomato Puffs as they cook up. If you find that they are browning too much, too quickly, cover them tightly with aluminum foil, this will help the tops from browning too much.

Air Fryer Oven: If you are using an air fryer oven, it’s best to put them on the last tray, so they do not brown too quickly.

Ingredient Notes:

Dough: While today I used puff pastry, you can also use homemade pizza dough or premade pizza dough. The recipe and timing will not change

Pepperoni: You can omit the pepperoni, for a vegetarian appetizer, or use salami, or chorizo, for a fun twist.

Vegetables: Feel free to add any vegetable that you want, some popular ones are green bell pepper, diced onions, or even mushrooms. Make sure that the vegetables are sauteed before adding them to your tomato puffs.

Serving Suggestions:

Enjoy them dipped near a pizza sauce, tomato sauce, garlicky tzatziki sauce or you can eat them as is. They’re perfect for snacking on the go and would make an awesome addition to your next gathering!

Air Fryer Pepperoni Basil Tomato Puffs

Make Ahead, Storage and Heating:

How To Store:

For best results, let them cool to room temperature, and then cover your leftovers, or place them into an airtight container. Placed into the refrigerator they will keep fresh for about 3 days in the fridge.

How To Freeze:

This works well as a ready-cooked snack or a pre-made but not cooked snack.

Freeze The Uncooked: If you want to freeze them uncooked, assemble them and then place them onto a parchment-lined baking sheet, and freeze them until frozen solid. Remove them and place them into a freezer bag or freezer-safe container, and they will last for about 2 to 3 months.

Freezing Them Cooked: Let them cool to room temperature and then place them into an airtight container. They will last for 1 to 2 months.

Heating:

You can warm up the frozen tomato puffs in a microwave for about 5 to 8 minutes, or you reheat them in the air fryer at 350°F (180 °C) until golden brown and crispy—they are delicious this way!

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Air Fryer Pepperoni Basil Tomato Puffs

Air Fryer Pepperoni Basil Tomato Puffs

5 from 3 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
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Total Time: 18 minutes
Servings: 9 Servings

Description

Air Fryer Pepperoni Basil Tomato Puffs — When I was a kid, my mom used to make these little fried dough balls with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. They were always my favorite – they're crispy on the outside but soft and gooey in the center. We decided to try an air fryer version of this classic dish by adding pepperoni basil tomatoes for a nice Italian flavor twist! The best part is that you can have them any time of day: breakfast, lunch or dinner! You can even fry up some eggs and bacon while you wait for your puffs to cook. This recipe takes about 15 minutes total start-to-finish; we hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Ingredients 

  • 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
  • 2 large Roma tomatoes, sliced
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup sliced pepperoni
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, diced
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  • Start by lining your air fryer basket with a reusable air fryer silicone liner. Both sprayed with cooking spray.
  • Cut your sheet puff pastry dough into 9 equal size portions.
  • Then on top of the pastry square add a sliced tomato, 2 slices of pepperoni, sprinkle of Parmesan cheese, salt, black pepper and a basil leaf on top.
  • Bring one side edges together to meet.
  • In a small bowl, mix the egg yolk and water toegeher. Then with a pastry brush, brsuh the egg mixture over the puff pastry.
  • Preheat your air fryer to 380 degrees F, air fryer setting, for 5 minutes. Add your puff pastry to the air fryer, and cook for about 5 to 8 minutes, until the puff pastry is golden brown.
  • Plate, serve, and enjoy!

Equipment

  • Air Fryer
  • Parchment Paper

Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 217kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 6gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 517mgPotassium: 140mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 444IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 78mgIron: 1mg

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