How to Make Awesome Homemade Pizza Rolls

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).Pizza rolls

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.

Notes

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.

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How to Make Healthy, Delicious Pizza at Home

Friday night family nights have been a staple in my house for as long as I can remember; growing up my parents insisted on it and it’s a tradition that I have carried on now that I’m in my own home with my own family. I can think of no better food to bring people of all ages together than pizza – delicious, hot, cheesy pizza. The best part is, you can customize pizza to just about anyone’s taste and, with just a few, simple choices it can be as healthy as it is delicious.

The easiest way to enjoy a healthy pizza is to make it at home and the first place to start is the crust. This recipe uses a mix of whole wheat and all purpose flour for a crust that is perfectly chewy on the inside and crispy on the outside. If you and your family are watching calories, roll the dough out thinly for an even crispier, lighter crust.

Yields: About 1lb of pizza dough, or enough for one thick crust or two thin crusts

Ingredients:

  • 1t honey
  • 1 ½ cups warm water
  • 1T active dry yeast
  • 1T extra virgin olive oil
  • 1t kosher salt
  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

How to Make Healthy, Delicious Pizza at Home

Preparation:

  1. In a large bowl, stir honey into warm water until dissolved. Add the yeast and let it sit until a foam develops, about ten minutes.
  2. Stir olive oil and salt into the mixture.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift together the whole wheat flour and 1 cup of all-purpose flour.
  4. Add the flour mixture to the yeast mixture slowly, stirring until a ball of dough begins to form.
  5. Sprinkle remaining all-purpose flour out over flat surface and place the ball of dough on top. Knead together until all of the flour has been absorbed and the ball of dough is smooth, about 5-10 minutes. To knead the dough, work it with your hands to form into a ball. Press the dough flat and then reform into a ball. You may also punch the dough flat with the heels of your hands and then fold and refold the dough. You want to work the dough until it loses its stickiness.
  6. Place the dough in an oiled bowl and tip the bowl around to coat the surface of the dough with the oil. Cover with a towel and let stand in a warm area for about one hour, or until the dough has doubled in size.
  7. Tip the dough out until floured surface about and punch the dough down, forming it until a tight ball. Place back into bowl and let it rise for another 45 minutes.
  8. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  9. Roll the dough out to desired thickness with rolling pin. If making two crusts, split the dough into two balls and roll each other as thinly as possible.
  10. Once the desired shape and size has been reached, place the dough on a well-oiled pizza pan or baking sheet and top with your favorite toppings. Pizza sauce can be purchased or your can make your own. Some healthy topping choices include turkey pepperoni, mushrooms, olives, peppers and spinach, but just about any vegetables will work (starchy vegetables like zucchini or squash may need to be steamed or sautéed first). Use fresh mozzarella cheese sparingly.
  11. Bake for 16-20 minutes, depending on the thickness of the crust, until the crust is crispy and the cheese is melted and bubbling on top.
  12. Enjoy!

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Pizza Stromboli – Freeze before Baking

Pizza StromboliIt’s easy to make your own Stromboli at home. A pizza Stromboli is also a great meal to prepare ahead of time and store in your freezer for one of those busy days when you know you won’t have time to prepare a home cooked meal. Kids and adults alike will love the warm and gooey cheese and pizza toppings all encased in a crispy dough that can be eaten on the go or served as a sit down meal with salad and bread. Here is our recipe for pizza Stromboli – freeze before baking. Prepare it this weekend for a great meal next week! The basic recipe is included, but you can always customize the pizza toppings based on what your family enjoys.

Ingredients

  • One pound prepared pizza or bread dough. If you don’t have a great recipe for pizza dough, you can purchase prepared pizza or bread dough.
  • Four ounces pepperoni, thinly sliced (deli pepperoni has the best flavor, but you can buy pizza pepperoni)
  • ½ cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Loose flour to work the dough
  • Kosher salt
  • Melted butter

Instructions

  1. Roll out the bread dough on a flat work surface. Use the loose flour to keep the dough from sticking. Roll the dough into a 10 x 12 rectangle that is ¼ inch thick.
  2. Brush the top of the dough with a thin coat of the melted butter.
  3. Beginning with the pepperoni, layer the meat and cheeses over the top of the dough leaving a 1 inch border of dough.
  4. Dampen the edges of the dough with a little water using a pastry brush or a damp paper towel.
  5. Roll up the Stromboli beginning with a ten inch side pinching the dough closed on the ends as you go.
  6. Set the Stromboli seam side down on a large piece of plastic wrap.
  7. Pulling the plastic wrap tight, wrap the Stromboli up and then cover it again in tin foil.
  8. Place in the freezer.

Preparation

  1. Set the frozen Stromboli in the refrigerator overnight to defrost.
  2. At least two hours before cooking time, set the Stromboli out to come to room temperature.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  4. Melt about 1 tablespoon of butter.
  5. Spray a cooking sheet or bread pan that will fit the Stromboli with cooking spray.
  6. Unwrap the Stromboli carefully and place it on the cooking pan seam side down.
  7. Cut a few diagonal slits in the top of the bread.
  8. Brush the top of the Stromboli with melted butter and sprinkle it with kosher salt.
  9. Cover with the tin foil.
  10. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove the tin foil and bake for another ten to fifteen minutes (until the bread is crispy and brown).

Serve this fabulous Stromboli with your favorite marinara sauce for an easy weekday meal that won’t have you laboring over a hot stove for hours. Pizza Stromboli – freeze before baking is sure to become a fast family favorite!

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