Sunday, August 29, 2010

Stuffed Pizza Rolls

I never intended to make this recipe. I'm a Pampered Chef consultant, and a few weeks ago my new Fall/Winter Season's Best Cookbook came in the mail. I wanted to try out some of the recipes, and one on my list was for an Italian pot pie. The recipe called for pizza dough, cheese and sausage, so I bought all the ingredients at the store. Only to promptly lose my new cookbook and be unable to find the recipe online. And of course, I didn't discover that I had lost the cookbook until right before I went to make dinner. The sausage was already defrosted and I was in the mood for something pizza-esque, so I hopped online and did a quick search for something else.

These pizza rolls jumped right out at me. They sounded delicious and seemed easy to put together. I decided to make half sausage for Joe, and the other half broccoli for me and the babies. All four of us enjoyed these pizza rolls - they are garlicky and cheesy and perfect for dipping in pizza sauce. This would be a fun meal for a casual get-together or a weekend lunch, and kids would definitely enjoy helping make them. You can do any combination of fillings and come up with something everyone will love.

Stuffed Pizza Rolls

1 roll refrigerated pizza dough
marinara/pizza sauce
2 T grated Parmesan cheese
1 T olive oil or melted butter
1/2 t garlic powder
1 t dried Italian seasoning
mozzarella cheese
Pizza toppings of your choice (sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, etc.)

Preheat oven to heat specified on pizza dough package.

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. Slice the dough into 24 squares

Place cheese and desired toppings on each square.

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.

Bake 15-20 minutes or until golden brown on top. Serve warm with heated marinara sauce on the side for dipping.