Who doesn’t like pizza? Well, some admittedly don’t; those people need a pepperoni pizza intervention. Then everyone can make these and love them too.
Homemade Pepperoni Pizza Rolls
While you are preheating the oven to 375 degrees, spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray or cover with parchment paper. Open one can of crescent roll dough, and separate into triangles. Beginning at the widest end of the triangle, lay out 4 pieces of pepperoni; then cut 4 mozzarella cheese sticks in half, and lay down the middle of the pepperoni and roll up from the wide end to the narrow. Repeat until you have 8 rolls.
Once the rolls are ready to go into the oven, melt 2 tablespoons of butter, add 1 clove of diced garlic, ½ teaspoon of dried parsley, and ¼ teaspoon of onion powder. Mix well and brush over the rolls; then bake for 7-11 minutes until browned. Use pizza sauce for dipping. You can skip the melted butter to save a few calories, but it is really awesome with it. These make a great snack or appetizer.
Slice and Bake Pepperoni Pizza Puff Pastry Roll-Ups
These are an ingenious idea for pizza rolls. The name kind of gives it away. This pairs the love of all things pizza with easy-to-make. Not everyone has mad dough making skills, so if you are one of those, you will love this. It starts with 1 thawed premade puff pastry sheet.
Flour a cutting board or a clean counter to keep the pastry from sticking, then unroll the pastry sheet, and spread on ¼ cup of pizza sauce, leaving a 1-inch border at the large end. Sprinkle ¼ teaspoon of dried oregano evenly over the surface, then add 1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese, ¼ cup of diced pepperoni, and 1 tablespoon of grated Parmesan cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste (optional).
Roll pastry as tightly as possible towards your 1-inch border, wrap in plastic wrap and freeze for 1 hour for easier cutting. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees while the pizza roll is chilling. Lightly spray a baking sheet with non-stick spray, grease with a paper towel dipped in cooking oil, or use parchment paper. Remove the plastic from the pizza roll and, using a sharp knife, slice off 1-inch slices. Place the slices 2-inches apart on the prepared baking sheet and cook for 20 minutes and allow slices to cool for 5 minutes. These make great appetizers or party finger food.
One of the many benefits of homemade pizza rolls is you control the recipe, meaning you can use whatever you like as a filling, even adding some healthy things like veggies. Another benefit of homemade is that you can make your own pizza sauce also. Buying a jar pizza sauce saves time but it might have way more sugar than you want. You have to decide if you want the convenience or the control. And don’t feel bad if you choose a jarred sauce. You may find that you sometimes have more time to make the sauce and sometimes you need it quick. Pizza rolls just might be the perfect food.