My family loves anything and everything pizza. So I find myself making pizza or pizza type foods a couple times a month… at least.
For a while I have been making a recipe for Chicken Broccoli Rolls that I just love. One night when we were eating these Joel just happened to casually mention that these rolls would be perfect with pizza topping stuffed into them.
Being the loving wife I am I decided to surprise him one night with Pizza Rolls.
These can be a bit time consuming, but they are well worth the extra effort.
The recipe that follows is what I make for 3 boys voracious boys, 2 adults, and my daughter who can pack it away just as good as her brothers can. You can easily cut this recipe in half or increase it if need be.
Home Made Pizza Rolls
2 packages of yeast (this is equivalent to 4 1/2 t)
2 c warm water, divided
2 t sugar
1/2 c melted butter, cooled to room temperature
5-6 c flour white, wheat, or a combination. I tend to use 1 to1 1/2 cups wheat and the rest white.
3 t salt
In a bowl dissolve yeast in 1/2 c water. Stir in sugar and let set for 5 minutes or until bubbly. Pour in cooled butter and remaining water, stir. Add 2 cups flour and the salt. Mix well using a hand mixer for approximately 2 minutes. Work in as much of the remaining flour as possible by hand. Knead for about 10 minutes or until dough isn’t sticky. Place in a bowl and let rise for about 1 hour or until doubled in size. Punch down, cover and let rest for 30 minutes more.
In the meantime prepare your toppings:
Use your favorite recipe or store bought brand. I use a pint of my home canned tomato sauce mixed with a can of tomato paste, a pinch of sugar, a bit or garlic powder and a tablespoon of a pizza seasoning that I buy from our local Natural Grocery.
Be creative! We use any of the following,i depending on what I have on hand: sausage, bacon, peperoni, diced ham, fresh tomato,onion and green pepper sautéed in a bit of olive oil, green or black olives, mushrooms, feta cheese, and mozzarella cheese.
Divide dough into 18 pieces. Roll out one piece of dough into a circle, keeping dough about 1/4 inch thick don’t go to thin or your dough will break and your topping will leak out. Place amount of sauce that you like on the circle to within an inch of edges. Place desired toppings on top of sauce. Here you will have to experiment with how much you want in the roll or in our case how much you can fit in the roll! Using warm water wet your finger and go around the edges of the dough. Fold in the edges of dough and seal together. Flip the roll over and place on a greased cooking sheet. Repeat with remaining 17 pieces of dough. Before placing in the oven poke with a knife or fork to create vent holes for the steam to escape. I actually cut my children’s initials in their rolls, because everyone had different toppings in their rolls.
Bake in a 375 degree oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove from oven brush tops with butter. Sprinkle with garlic powder and Parmesan cheese.
Oh and try not to burn your mouth by being to eager to taste these. ( I personally wouldn’t know anything about that…Ah-hem)