Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Pizza Rolls

Yes PIZZA ROLLS! This is a combination of cinnamon rolls and pizza. I got the idea from better homes and gardens, but jazzed it up a bit. It's a basic pizza dough but seasoned with garlic, rosemary, basil, and red pepper flakes. This gives the dough some life, it layers in the flavor!  They make the cutest rolls perfect for a informal gathering, or a kid's party.  If making pizza dough isn't an option I know Safeway  has pre-made dough in their deli area, it's a great deal for $1.89 and sometimes on sale for less!
Pizza Rolls:
Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens
Pizza Dough:
2 cups warm water  (105-115*F)
2 packs active dry yeast
1/2 tsp sugar
6 cups flour-
1 TBS chopped Rosemary (fresh)
1 TBS garlic powder
1 TBS dried Basil
1 tsp Red Pepper flakes- more if you like some kick
1 TBS Olive Oil
1 tsp Salt

Fresh Mozzarella  sliced
8oz tomato sauce
6 oz sliced Salami
Sliced Olives
Sliced Mushrooms
8oz shredded Romano- for tops

Pizza Dough:
In a large bowl combine the yeast, sugar and water; let stand for  5 min until bubbly. Note: if you water is too hot it will kill the yeast! While the yeast is activating measure out the flour and all the spices and mix together. Once the yeast is ready add all the flour and spices. In a mixer mix with a dough hook for about 8 min on medium speed. If doing by hand, knead on a floured surface for 8 min or till smooth and elastic. Put in a lightly oiled bowl and turn to coat. Let sit in a warm place till doubled in size.

Preheat oven 425*
Once the dough has doubled in size, punch it down and divide in half. This made a ton of dough, rather then make more then we could eat, I put the other half in the freezer for later use.  With half the dough roll out into a rectangle. Now it's time to layer in those flavors! The fillings really don't matter, anything that you like or is available. Just some guidance, I wouldn't put too much cheese or sauce inside, so it doesn't fall apart. Also leave about 2 inches on the top and bottom free from filling, it will keep it's shape better. Now roll gently keeping everything in. Once it forms a log cut crosswise into 12 pieces. Transfer rolls cut sides up onto a sheet pan sprayed or fitted with parchment paper. Space about 2 inches apart. Sprinkle tops with Romano cheese.  Bake in oven for 12 min then rotate the sheet pan and bake another 12 min, till golden brown.

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