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Pepperoni Pizza Fried Mozzarella

This Pepperoni Pizza Fried Mozzarella is pretty much the most heavenly appetizer I’ve ever had. In fact, who needs a main dish when you’ve got this?!!!

This Pepperoni Pizza Fried Mozzarella is pretty much the most heavenly appetizer I've ever had. In fact, who needs a main dish when you've got this?!!!
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Holy Shizzle. This fried inside out pizza is the best thing ever. EVER. I can’t even think of anything to say about it. I’m in a coma, a coma of love. This all started with a little post about the perfect Pepperoni Pizza…

Here I was, trying out half a bazillion brands of pepperoni, flour, cheese, oh my gosh and recipe testing a killer pizza sauce recipe when my mind suddenly started thinking of other ways to do the recipe. This happens all too often. It’s why I end up with posts about Naked Californians, Deep Fried 7 layer Dip Taquitos, Bacon Wrapped Avocados, etc, etc  I get distracted by the possibilities with food whenever I’m making something. I guess in some ways it’s good because we got this out of it, but in other ways I’m always trying to get things down on paper before I forget and I end up taking forever to finish my present task.

This Pepperoni Pizza Fried Mozzarella is pretty much the most heavenly appetizer I've ever had. In fact, who needs a main dish when you've got this?!!!

Oh my gosh. Every darn time I load a picture in here I find my stomach growling out load. No exaggeration. It’s 4:30 in the afternoon, I just had a raspberry lemon meringue cookie (stay tuned, that’s coming in a few weeks), totally not hungry yet, but my stomach remembers this baby from yesterday. “GET IN MA BELLY!!!” Who knew that putting the parmesan cheese back in the cheese drawer and seeing our favorite brand of Pepperoni, Margherita, and Babybel cheese would “ignite, the light….” oh shoot now Katy Perry has joined the post.

This Pepperoni Pizza Fried Mozzarella is pretty much the most heavenly appetizer I've ever had. In fact, who needs a main dish when you've got this?!!!

Katy Perry and Fried Mozzarella

Tell me the truth, can you resist singing along to Katy Perry? Honestly? I mean, I never listen to her music, but if it comes on Pandora (yes, I’m all about Pandora), the grocery store or heaven forbid the radio in the car I cannot resist! I MUST sing along!! She’s catchy, she’s certainly catchy. 

Back to the important stuff. Here’s what I did…

I took a Babybel Mozarella cheese (I love those stinking things), put a pepperoni on top, holding the pepperoni I rolled it in our favorite Progresso Italian Panko Bread Crumbs (We are Panko Obsessed. Just check out these BBQ Bacon Cheddar Chicken Strips) and then hurried and threw the whole thing in hot oil, flipped it, fried again and scooped the whole thing into a dish of warmed marinara. It actually held together really well until I began photographing and then the cheese started to ooze a little. Clearly this was crazy tempting so I had no choice but to dig in. Perfection, folks, pure perfection.

Is Pizza Sauce and Marinara Sauce the Same?

The taste of marinara sauce seems to be more complex than the pizza sauce.

But, they are often used interchangeably.

Does Pepperoni Have to Be Refrigerated?

Pepperoni, whole and unopened can be stored in the pantry.

Once it is opened, it should be refrigerated.

Is Pepperoni Made From Beef?

Pepperoni is made from cured pork and beef mixed together and seasoned with paprika or other chili pepper.

Pepperoni Pizza Fried Mozzarella

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Deep fried inside out pepperoni pizza using babybel cheese ohsweetbasil

Pepperoni Pizza Fried Mozzarella

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 6 minutes
Servings: 1
This Pepperoni Pizza Fried Mozzarella is pretty much the most heavenly appetizer I've ever had. In fact, who needs a main dish when you've got this?!!!



  • In a small skillet heat the oils over medium heat.
  • Place a pepperoni slice on top of each round of cheese, while holding the pepperoni in place press the cheese into the breadcrumbs, sprinkle a little on top and press that in, turning over once and pressing the breadcrumbs against the sides as well.
  • Dip the cheese back into the milk on both sides and back into the bread crumbs again.
  • Quickly add to the hot oil.
  • Allow to cook for 30-60 seconds or until the breadcrumbs begin to brown.
  • Carefully, but quickly flip the cheese and cook until browned on the other side.
  • Using a slotted spoon, lift the cheese out of the oil, allowing to drip for a moment and place in a small dish with warmed sauce.
  • Enjoy!


These are great served as appetizers.
I use two oils because I love the flavor from the olive oil and the canola doesn't burn as fast. If you need to use one or the other you can.
Store left overs in the refrigerator
Nutrition Facts
Pepperoni Pizza Fried Mozzarella
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 742 Calories from Fat 585
% Daily Value*
Fat 65g100%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 18mg6%
Sodium 486mg21%
Potassium 159mg5%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 99IU2%
Calcium 162mg16%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

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  • You really have some great recipes, I will be trying these really soon

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    • Thank you so much Evie!

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  • OMG!! It’s Friday and this is on my must have list for the weekend!! I can see the family sitting down watching the big game and eating these!!

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  • I’m always singing to Katy Perry! And dude, this pizza – YES! I may just have to make it for dinner tonight!

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  • Oh man, this is genius! I am loving it 🙂 gotta make this soon!

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    • Thanks darlin’!

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  • Oh my goodness, this looks SO good! Anything involving pizza is totally something that I would love :).

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  • OMG Carrian, my stomach is growling too. This looks insane!!

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  • I want to come live with you. OMG Carrian. This is unbelievable!

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    • lol, k come visit!

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  • Oh my gaaaaaaaaaawsh, girl! This looks crazy good!!! I NEED me an inside out pizza right now!

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    • lol, I think you are pretty much the best

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  • Pure freakin’ genius.

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  • Wow, this looks totally amazing, Carrian!

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    • thanks!! I’m totally craving it now. Like, bad.

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  • Seriously its a good thing i just ate lunch… Otherwise Id be all over this!

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    • dude, so did I and I still want 3. haha

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  • Can I come live with you? Please? I promise I’ll sing along to Katy Perry with you and eat all your fried cheeseballs.

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    • lol!! Well if you promise that how can I say no?

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  • OMG! This looks amazing! I am so trying this! <3

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  • Fried cheese and pepperoni – that’s my kind of meal!

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  • This inside out fried pizza is off the chainizzle! Gimme!

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  • Brilliant! I love this!!! 🙂

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  • These sound so good!

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    • thanks yo!

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  • This is seriously genius. Can I have it for breakfast??

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    • yes you may. 😉

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  • You’re crazy woman,

    and I like it!

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    • 😉 Not gonna lie, best appetizer ever.

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  • Good morning Carrian!
    Oh my gosh! This looks so yummy, and do-able without a lot of fuss!
    Thank you for the recipe..I’ve never tried those babybels, but NEED to now!
    It sounds so amazing..what a treat!

    All my heart,
    Deborah xoxo

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    • Thanks Deborah! Yes, try them, sooooo good!

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  • Holy smokes!! You just fried a pizza and I am now in heaven!! Yes and yum!

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    • 🙂 It’s kinda awesome right?

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  • Well shoot, it’s almost 8 am and now I’m craving this cheesy dish of deliciousness!

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    • trust me, I am too. For real

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