Monday, April 18, 2011

Stuffed Pizza Rolls

Let's face it, kids love to dip their food. My 4 year old will even drink it or use her spoon to slop up any remaining dip from her plate. It's kind of gross to me but whatever. I've got a fun recipe that lets your kids "dunk" their pizza so they are very kid friendly. This recipe comes from one of my favorite food blogs Our Best Bites. These ladies are amazing and create some wonderful recipes. They say you could use a store bought crust such as Pillsbury but I opted to make my own. Have you seen how expensive those cans of dough are? I actually used their pizza crust recipe which you can find HERE and I have to say that I used half white whole wheat flour and half all-purpose flour to sneak in a little fiber. These are very versatile. You can stuff them with any of your favorite pizza toppings. I opted for my favorite, Canadian bacon and pineapple. I had a bit of worry when I pulled my mozzarella cheese from the fridge and saw mold. EEK! Not gonna use that. I saw a package of string cheese sitting there and diced them up instead. I thought they were great and would probably use them again. If you have a family that likes different things you could even do half one topping and half another. So, just in case you need instructions on how to eat these babies, you just pop one off and dunk it in the pizza or marinara sauce. Enjoy!

Stuffed Pizza Rolls
Recipe Source Our Best Bites

1 roll refrigerated pizza dough* or make your own
marinara/pizza sauce or make your own (click HERE for mine)
2T grated Parmesan cheese
1 T olive oil or melted butter
1/2 t garlic powder
1  t dried Italian seasoning
mozzarella cheese, diced or grated (I used string cheese)
Pizza toppings of your choice: ie, ham and pineapple, pepperoni slices, sausage, etc.

*You can use regular pizza dough, or thin crust. 

Preheat oven to heat specified on pizza dough package.  Usually it's 400 degrees.  If you make your own dough, 400 is usually a good heat as well.

Unroll your pizza dough onto a lightly floured surface.  Pat or roll the dough so it's about 12" by 8".  You're going to want to cut it into 24 squares, so just eyeball it if you need to.  Use a pizza cutter to slice the dough into 24 squares.

Place cheese and desired toppings on each square.  (Note that you're not putting the marinara sauce on the dough- it's for dipping after). You just need to be able to enclose the toppings in the dough so keep that in mind.

When all of your dough squares have cheese and toppings on them, carefully lift up each square and wrap the dough around the toppings.  Pinch to make sure each ball is sealed shut and then place them seam side down in a lightly sprayed pie pan (or similar sized dish).

Brush the tops of the dough balls with olive oil or melted butter and then sprinkle with the garlic and Italian seasoning and top with Parmesan cheese. 

Cook them in the oven for about 15-20 minutes or until golden brown on top.  Keep an eye  on them! Doughs vary, so I'd check them after even 10 minutes.

Serve warm with warmed marinara sauce on the side for dipping.

Fruit is the perfect side dish.


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