Fresh Pizza Rolls

Some people have a sweet tooth, I have a pizza tooth. Though I may not be able to finish an entire cupcake, I could easily put down a pie. A pizza pie, that is. I can’t get enough of the stuff… dough, cheese, sauce aka: the holy trinity. You could probably drop a slice in the street and I would still eat it.. but we won’t get into that (refer to Weave for the details).

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Some people have a sweet tooth, I have a pizza tooth. Though I may not be able to finish an entire cupcake, I could easily put down a pie. A pizza pie, that is. I can’t get enough of the stuff… dough, cheese, sauce aka: the holy trinity. You could probably drop a slice in the street and I would still eat it.. but we won’t get into that (refer to Weave for the details).

One of my personal favorite forms of pizza are those little pizza rolls. You know, the little crisped up pockets filled with boiling hot lava that you stuff into your mouth and try to eat anyway while you salivate uncontrollably as your say, “haaawt, haawtttt”, then proceed to grab whatever liquid is in front of you. Even when you try to bite into them the lava just spews out all over your hands and creates third degree burn. They are sickly delicious.

So here they are, not out of a box, but made by human hands; homemade pizza rolls! (minus the creepy “what is that?” meat you find in the ones in the frozen isle).

What you will need:

  • Pizza dough
  • Marinara
  • 1 egg
  • 1tbsp water
  • topping of choice ( cheese, pepperoni, veggies)

First and foremost, preheat your oven to a high 475 degrees. Now, onto your pizza toppings, well in this case, stuffing. The possibilities for your combinations are truly endless. Mozzarella and tomato sauce, sausage and ricotta, peppers and onions, buffalo chicken, veggie, ham and pineapple, Gorgonzola and pear, bbq chicken, bacon chicken ranch! Just think of the pizza display window you see on a Saturday at 3am.

I’m going with the classics on this one, red and green bell pepper, pepperoni, mozzarella, and marinara. Now, all you have to do is mince up the toppings very fine to fit into your pocket and create the perfect bite.

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Now throw your toppings into a mixing bowl. Add dried oregano and 1/2 of the marinara ( I threw some Parmesan in mine too). Mix it up. There is your filling that will turn into hot lava.

 

IMG_8381Onto the dough. First, take it out, put some olive oil on it. Then, let is rise and come up to room temperate so it is easy to work with. Once your dough has proofed up and just about doubled in size, get it as flat as you can. I’m not going to specifically tell you how to do this because I just kind of slap it around in on the counter, with care, and stretch until I reach the desired thinness. You could of course use a rolling pin like a normal human. The key here is to get it as thin as you possibly can without having tattered holes scattered about. Then, cut the flattened dough right in half. One half for the top, and the other for bottom.

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Next, dollop a nice teaspoons full of mixture on the bottom half of your dough.  Place them about an inch or so apart.  In between the filling, take a pastry brush and swipe on your egg wash ( you could also just use your finger tips). All egg wash is, is one egg beaten up with a splash of water. This will allow your dough to seal together better.

 

Then, carefully take your top layer of dough and lay it over the bottom half with the filling.  Press down the dough in between your filling and then slice it with a pizza cutter.   Proceed to grab a fork and score the edges. This allows the dough to seal and makes for a extra crispy edge. YUM.

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Place them on a non-stick sheet pan about an inch or two apart, then lather them up with olive oil. Place them into your 475 degree oven for 4 minutes. Take them out, flip them over. Put them back in for another 3 minutes.

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After

Ah, yes. Fresh, crispy, slightly chewy pillows of cheesy pizza goodness. Ready for the close up..?

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These are in no way, perfect in their appearance ( let’s just say they’re “rustic”).  However, they are perfectly tasty, and pass the test. And by test, I mean “cheese test”.  To pass the test, your cheese must create a glorious mozzarella ribbon as you take a bite into your pizza roll then pull it away from your mouth.  It might very well burn your face, but its totally worth it.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. MeganJune says:

    My favorite snack! Now I kno how to make the homemade version thank you!

    1. cookingbird says:

      I know! You’ll love these!!

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