Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Pizza Rolls

My family loves pizza. I've been making it homemade for several years now, saving us tons of money. Using my quick and easy crust recipe, I can have the pizza on the table ready to eat in the same amount of time it would take to have it delivered.

These pizza rolls use the same crust recipe, but provide a fun little twist on pizza night.

Here's what you need for the crust:

1 cups warm (not hot) water
1 teas sugar
1 TBSP yeast
2 TBSP olive oil or melted butter
2 1/2 cups flour (I use half unbleached white and half white wheat flour)
1 teas salt

In the mixing bowl of a stand mixer, combine the water, sugar and yeast. Allow to sit for about 5 minutes until puffy.

Mix in the olive oil or butter, flour and salt. Knead for 5 minutes until smooth (this is where a stand mixer comes in handy). Allow to rest for 10 minutes.

Now for the pizza rolls, you'll need:

1//4 cup pizza sauce, divided
1/2 cup shredded cheese
any additional toppings you'd like (we like pepperoni and/or sausage

After the dough has rested, divide it in half. Roll each half into a rectangle, about 9x13. Spread 2 TBSP of the pizza over each rectangle, leaving a little space at the bottom. If you don't leave that little space, all the filling will squish out when you roll the dough up. Two tablespoons may not seem like enough sauce, but any more will cause the rolls to be doughy.

Now place your toppings over the sauce and press down lightly.
Beginning at the top of the rectangle, roll the dough toward you, trying to keep it as tight as you can.
When you reach the end of the dough, pinch it to seal the roll together.
Slice the dough into 8 pieces. Place in a lightly greased 9x13 pan.
Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes, or until browned.
As you can see, the rolls expand as they bake, so leave a little room between them when you place them in the pan.

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