Sunday, December 4, 2016

Pizza Rolls

I make these frequently.  I don't make my own dough, I just buy it from Trader Joe's (they have good pizza dough).  I make a double batch and freeze half.

Homemade Pepperoni Pizza Rolls
I've made these pizza rolls (and our favorite pizza dough) with all types of flour. Bread flour, all-purpose unbleached flour, and white whole wheat flour. My favorite combo is probably half bread flour, half white whole wheat flour; the dough is extremely versatile!
    Pizza Dough:
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 1/2 to 4 cups flour (see note above)
  • Filling:
  • 2 1/2 to 3 cups pizza sauce (homemade recipe here)
  • 8 ounces (about 2 cups) freshly shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 5 ounces pepperoni, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup (about 1 ounce) freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet (about 12X18-inches) with parchment paper.
  2. For the dough, in an electric stand mixer fitted with the dough hook (you can also do this by hand in a large bowl with a spoon), stir together the water, honey, olive oil, yeast, salt and 1 cup of the flour. With the mixer on low speed, continue adding the flour until the dough clears the sides of the bowl and forms a soft, smooth ball. Knead for 3-4 minutes (add a few minutes if using whole wheat flour). Let the dough rest, covered, in the bowl for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Separate the dough into two pieces. On a lightly greased countertop, press one portion of dough into a thin rectangle, about 14X10-inches.
  4. Spread 1/2 to 3/4 cup pizza sauce evenly across the top. Sprinkle evenly with half the mozzarella cheese and then half the pepperoni. Starting with on long side, roll up cinnamon-roll style, pinching the seam together to seal.
  5. Place the cornmeal in a bowl or shallow dish. Cut the dough into 1-inch sections. One by one, press the bottom of each pizza roll into the cornmeal and then place on the prepared baking sheet about an inch apart.
  6. Repeat with the remaining half of dough.
  7. Once all the pizza rolls are placed on the baking sheet, sprinkle evenly with Parmesan cheese and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden.
  8. Warm the extra pizza sauce, and serve the pizza rolls immediately out of the oven with the pizza sauce for dipping.

Recipe Source: from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

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