These two ingredient Low Carb Pepperoni Bites are oven-baked to a crispy delight and generously topped with melted mozzarella.
Dip these flavorful zero carb bites into a zesty marinara sauce for a satisfying and low-carb snack that packs a punch. Simple, delicious, and perfect for any occasion!
- Why you'll love low carb pepperoni bites?
- How many carbs in pepperoni?
- Other low carb recipes you might enjoy
- Recipe variations
- Ingredients used
- Steps by step instructions
- Recipe tips
- Serving suggestions
- Frequently asked questions
- Other low carb recipes you might enjoy
- Low Carb Pepperoni Bites (Two Ingredients)
This go-to recipe has become a staple in my kitchen, whether whipping up a quick low carb snack for myself or stealing the show at parties and gatherings – these two-ingredient pepperoni bites never fail to delight the crowd.
Why you'll love low carb pepperoni bites?
- Quick and Easy: This recipe is a lifesaver for those busy days when you need a delicious snack in a pinch. With just 15 pepperoni slices and 5 mozzarella string cheese sticks, it's effortlessly easy to prepare.
- Keto and Low Carb: For those on a keto or low-carb journey, these pepperoni bites are a dream. They offer a savory and satisfying treat without compromising your carb goals, making them a perfect addition to your low-carb lifestyle.
- Diabetes-Friendly: With minimal carbohydrates and a balanced nutritional profile, these bites are a great option for those managing diabetes. They provide a tasty snack without causing significant spikes in blood sugar levels.
- Gluten-Free: Embracing a gluten-free lifestyle? Look no further. This recipe skips the gluten entirely, making it suitable for individuals with gluten sensitivities or those who follow a gluten-free diet.
- Perfect for Parties and Snacking: Whether you're hosting a gathering or just looking for a tasty snack, these pepperoni bites are a crowd-pleaser. Their bite-sized nature makes them ideal for parties, and their delicious flavor ensures that both adults and kids alike will keep coming back for more. It's a win-win for any occasion!
How many carbs in pepperoni?
Pepperoni is a flavorful cured meat that's not only delicious but also a low-carb option.
On average, a serving of pepperoni (about 15 slices or 1 ounce) contains around 1-2 grams of carbohydrates. This minimal carb content makes pepperoni an ideal choice for individuals following low-carb, ketogenic, or diabetic-friendly diets.
Its high fat and protein content can help keep you feeling satiated, making it a convenient and satisfying snack or addition to meals. However, when incorporating pepperoni into your diet, it's essential to be mindful of the overall macronutrient balance and any additional ingredients, such as nitrates, that may be present in certain brands.
Opting for nitrate-free or minimally processed pepperoni can be a wise choice for those looking to avoid certain additives. Always consult with a healthcare professional or nutritionist to tailor dietary choices to individual health goals and preferences.
Here are five ingredient swaps you can consider for the low-carb pepperoni bites recipe:
- Cheese Variety: Instead of using mozzarella string cheese, try experimenting with different cheese varieties. Cheddar, pepper jack, or even a blend of cheeses can add unique flavors to your pepperoni bites.
- Alternative Cured Meats: While pepperoni is a classic choice, you can explore other cured meats like salami, prosciutto, or turkey pepperoni to create a variation of flavors in your bites.
- Vegetarian Option: For a vegetarian twist, consider replacing the pepperoni with thinly sliced vegetables such as zucchini or bell peppers. This adds a fresh and crunchy element to the recipe.
- Low-Carb Wraps or Tortillas: Instead of using individual slices of pepperoni, you can experiment with low-carb wraps or tortillas. Cut them into smaller pieces and roll them up with cheese for a different take on the recipe.
- Homemade Cheese Sticks: If you prefer a homemade touch, you can make your own cheese sticks by shaping and freezing your favorite cheese. This allows you to control the quality and ingredients in the cheese sticks.
Feel free to mix and match these swaps to create a personalized version of the recipe that suits your taste preferences and dietary needs.
These tasty bites bring together yummy layers that blend just right, giving you a mix of savory goodness and gooey meltiness. Dip them in classic marinara sauce for a delicious combo!
- Pepperoni Slices: Used as the outer layer and base of the bites, providing a savory and flavorful foundation.
- Mozzarella String Cheese: is chosen for this recipe because its unique texture and composition ensure they melt exceptionally well, creating a gooey and satisfying center for the pepperoni bites.
- Dipping Sauce
- Marinara Sauce: Serves as a classic and complementary dipping sauce, enhancing the overall taste with its tangy and savory notes. The marinara sauce adds a familiar and delicious element to the pepperoni bites, creating a satisfying snack or appetizer.
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Steps by step instructions
How to make the low carb pepperoni bites?
STEP 1: Preheat the Oven
Begin by preheating your oven to 425°F (220°C) for optimal baking.
STEP 2: Prepare the Pepperoni Bases
Lay out the large pepperoni slices on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
STEP 3: Cheese Placement
Cut mozzarella cheese strings into thirds and place a piece on top of each pepperoni slice.
- STEP 4: Bake and Serve
Bake at 425°F for approximately 5-6 minutes or until the cheese is melted and slightly golden. Serve these delectable bites and enhance the experience by dipping them into marinara sauce.
- Customize with Seasonings: Enhance your bites with a dash of Italian seasoning, garlic powder, or red pepper flakes before baking for a flavor boost.
- Explore Dipping Sauce Varieties: Get creative with dipping sauces – try creamy garlic aioli, zesty ranch, or balsamic reduction for a unique taste experience.
Serve these delightful low-carb pepperoni bites as a scrumptious appetizer for gatherings, a tasty snack for movie nights, or a fun addition to your party platter.
Pair them with a side salad for a light meal or arrange them on a charcuterie board for a flavorful and easy-to-share option. The versatility of these bites makes them a perfect complement to various occasions!
To store your low-carb pepperoni bites, place any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Ensure they are properly sealed to maintain freshness. Consume within 2-3 days for the best taste and texture.
If you'd like to keep them longer, consider freezing the bites in a single layer on a tray before transferring them to a sealed container or freezer bag. This will help prevent sticking and make it easy to reheat when you're ready to enjoy them again.
Frequently asked questions
Yes, absolutely! Feel free to experiment with various cheeses to customize the flavor. Cheddar, pepper jack, or even a blend can add a unique twist to your pepperoni bites.
Certainly! You can assemble the bites ahead of time and store them in the refrigerator until you're ready to bake. Just remember to adjust the baking time slightly if the bites are chilled.
Yes, you can create a vegetarian version by substituting pepperoni with thinly sliced vegetables like zucchini or bell peppers. This provides a crunchy and fresh alternative.
Absolutely. After baking, allow them to cool completely, then freeze in a single layer on a tray before transferring them to a sealed container or freezer bag. When ready to eat, reheat in the oven or microwave.
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Low Carb Pepperoni Bites (Two Ingredients)
- 15 large pepperoni slices
- 5 strings mozzarella string cheese
- marinara sauce for dipping
- Start by preheating your oven to 425°F (220°C) for optimal baking.
- Lay the large pepperoni slices on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Cut mozzarella cheese strings into thirds and place a piece on each pepperoni slice. Bake at 425°F for 5-6 minutes until the cheese is melted and slightly golden.15 large pepperoni slices, 5 strings mozzarella string cheese
- Once baked, serve these bites and dip them in marinara sauce for an extra burst of flavor.marinara sauce
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