Pizza Rolls

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With No-Cook Tomato Dipping Sauce

Pizza Rolls on Great American Spice BlogHere is another last minute recipe for your guests coming over to watch the big game this weekend!

I’m not sure what it is that makes us feel that we must have something to munch on while we watch sports, but the two things do seem to be linked together for just about everyone. Maybe because a football game is 3 hours long and we don’t want to go quite that long without a snack?

I really think it’s just because when we are getting together with friends and family, we naturally want to increase our enjoyment by adding food to the celebrations. People feel more special when they know we have gone to a little trouble for them, and sharing good food does draw people people together like nothing else.

On the other hand, you don’t necessarily want to be stuck in the kitchen cooking forever either, right? That is why these Pizza Rolls should be part of your own personal game plan. You only need a few ingredients, a few minutes of your time, and you will have something that looks yummy and tastes amazing!

These rolls use purchased pizza dough, which most supermarkets carry in either the dairy or frozen sections of the store. You can, of course, use your own favorite pizza dough recipe if you don’t mind the extra time it takes to prepare it. The flavorful dipping sauce needs no cooking at all – just warm it up before serving and you will be ready to go.preparation of pizza rolls
Products used in this recipe:
Parsley Flakes
Dried Oregano
Granulated Garlic
Whole Thyme
Red Pepper Flakes
Parmesan Cheese

Pizza Rolls w/ No-Cook Tomato Dipping Sauce
Recipe type: Appetizer or Snack
Serves: 16 rolls
This recipe is very easy to expand for more guests. The dipping sauce is probably enough for a double recipe already, but double or triple up on everything else to make more rolls.
Tomato Dipping Sauce
  • 3 cups plain canned tomato sauce
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon whole oregano
  • ½ teaspoon granulated garlic
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • ⅛ to ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes.
The Pizza Rolls
  • 1 1lb package of pizza dough, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons of the Tomato Dipping Sauce
  • 6 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 4 ounces sliced pepperoni
  • 1 ounce grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
Make the Sauce
  1. In a small bowl, combine the canned tomato sauce with the salt, parsley, oregano, garlic, thyme and red pepper flakes.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for several hours, or up to 3 days.
  3. At serving time, heat the sauce on the stove or in the microwave and place in a small serving bowl.
Make the Pizza Rolls
  1. Spread a teaspoon or so of olive oil on the counter or other work surface, so that the dough will not stick.
  2. Remove the dough from the package - remember it should be at room temperature to make this really easy - cold dough is a lot harder to get rolled out.
  3. Roll out into a rectangle, about 18 inches by 10 inches - if it seems like it's not going to roll out that big, leave it rolled out as big as you can and let it rest about 10 minutes - it should be more pliable when you come back to it.
  4. Leaving about 1 inch of dough at the long end farthest from you, spread the 2 tablespoons of sauce evenly over the dough. It is going to seem like not enough, but trust me and don't use any more than that - it will just ooze out and make a mess when you cut the rolls.
  5. Spread the mozzarella cheese evenly over the sauce, followed by the pepperoni and the Parmesan cheese.
  6. Sprinkle over the ½ teaspoon of oregano.
  7. Starting at the edge nearest to you, roll the dough up fairly tightly, taking care not to displace the fillings.
  8. When rolled up, pinch together the edges all along the top to seal, and place seam side down on the work surface.
  9. Trim the ends so that they are neat and even - you want to cut off ½ inch or so from each end.
  10. Line a heavy baking sheet with parchment paper, or oil lightly with olive oil. preheat the oven to 400ยบ.
  11. Cut the long roll into 16 equal pieces [start at the center and cut it in half, cut each of the halves in half, then each of those pieces in half, and finally each of those pieces in half, so that you have 16 rolls]
  12. Place the rolls, cut side up on the baking sheet and space so that they aren't touching each other.
  13. Allow to rise for about 10 to 15 minutes while the oven heats up.
  14. Bake for about 20 minutes, until browned and crispy on the tops and the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  15. Serve hot with the dipping sauce. refrigerate leftovers

When I told my husband what I was making for us for the game this weekend, he said “Pizza rolls? What are pizza rolls?”
So I told him they are like cinnamon rolls, only they’re good with beer.
And so they are!pizza rollsEnjoy the game!


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