Friday, June 26, 2020

Pizza Rolls

Pizza Rolls

Good evening! I know I promised you all a sweet recipe this week and I have not forgotten. I realized I didn't have all the ingredients I needed to make it. But I will get right on it very soon!

In the meantime I have a fabulous dinner recipe to share with you.

Pizza rolls! Homemade soft rolls stuffed with all of your favorite pizza toppings and topped with garlic butter. In my children's opinion, this is even better than regular pizza. There is just nothing better than warm bread right out of the oven-except for ice cream- but when that warm bread is stuffed full of gooey cheese, pizza sauce and spicy sausage? Amazing!

You start by making the bread dough. Now, if you're pressed for time you could totally get some frozen Rhodes dinner rolls and use those. But making homemade bread dough is so soothing and fun! And delicious!

I have a cute helper with me today

Throw your yeast and sugar in the bowl of your stand mixer.

If you're as neurotic as I am- use a thermometer to get the right temperature 

Add the warm water to the bowl of the stand mixer, stir and then cover and let it sit for 5 minutes to allow the yeast to proof.

It should look like this when the time is up.

Next add melted butter and the egg. Give it a quick mix.

Add the salt and bread flour. Since April, I haven't been able to find any bread flour in the stores. All purpose flour works in a pinch, but I can't recommend it in this recipe. Bread flour has a higher protein content than all purpose flour. What that does is gives the dough elasticity and gives a  denser and chewier bread. These rolls aren't chewy, but I have noticed that the dough is much more difficult to work with when all purpose flour is used. It's more sticky, not as stretchy and doesn't hold it's shape as well. You are definitely going to want to use bread flour if you can.

Using the dough hook in your stand mixer, knead the dough for about 5 minutes. While it's doing it's thing, check the consistency of your dough. If it's too sticky, add more flour.

bread dough

Then, for good measure, put about a tablespoon of flour on your counter and give it a few kneads with your hands. Just because it's fun! The dough should be smooth and elastic and not too sticky to handle.

Let it rise for 60-90 minutes. Just enough time to watch an episode of A Series of Unfortunate Events with the kids. :)

Cook up some Italian or hot sausage (we like the hot) while you're waiting.

bread dough

Such a happy loaf! Note that I made a double batch of this recipe to feed my family of 7.

When the dough is done rising, divide it into 12 pieces.

Using a rolling pin, flatten each dough ball into a disc.

Spread some pizza sauce on these babies.

Then add your desired toppings. We keep it simple: ground sausage and mozzarella cheese. I want to try a white garlic sauce with chicken sometime. Yum!

Fold up the ends of the roll, pinching the seams as you go.

Place seam side down on greased baking tray.

Let rise 30-40 more minutes.

Bake at 375 for 12 minutes.

This stuff. It's magical. It makes everything better. Except maybe ice cream. (Can you tell I have ice cream on the brain?)

When it comes out of the oven spread some good ol' garlic infused butter over the top!

Pizza Rolls

Pizza Rolls

Bon appetit! I'm off to enjoy Friday night movie with the family. Enjoy your weekend!


Pizza Rolls


3 teaspoons active dry yeast
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup warm water (about 100 to 110 degrees)
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
1 egg
1 teaspoon salt
3 and 1/4 cup bread flour* (plus more if needed)
-Butter or margarine, melted, for topping
-Garlic seasoning for topping, if desired
Your favorite pizza sauce
Italian or hot sausage-cooked and crumbled
Mozzarella cheese
Other pizza fillings, as desired


Add yeast and sugar to the bowl of your stand mixer.
Add warm water, stir. Cover and rest for 5 minutes.
Add melted butter and egg. Mix.
Add salt and flour. Using the dough hook, knead for 5 minutes. Check consistency of dough. If it is too sticky, add more flour a tablespoon at a time.
Let rise 60-90 minutes.
Divide dough into 12 equal pieces.
Roll out into flat discs.
Spread pizza sauce, sausage and mozzarella cheese over the flattened dough balls.
Fold up, pinching seams as you go.
Place, seam side down, in a greased baking sheet two inches apart.
Cover and let rise another 30-40 minutes.
Bake at 375 for 12 minutes.
Brush tops with melted butter and sprinkle garlic seasoning over the top. Enjoy!

*All purpose flour is okay in a pinch, but bread flour is much better.

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