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Pizza Roll-Ups Test Run!

In the future I hope to play with recipes a little more before we put them on the menu, but for now, we are testing as we go. I was a little anxious about these Pizza Roll-Ups but also wanted to do a test run because I knew my husband might really enjoy them. So all the stars aligned this weekend and I  had some time to whip them up for lunch.

The verdict: AWESOME! We loved these. There are a couple of instructions that I tweaked as a result of making these but the overall feeling on them was that they were DELICIOUS! My husband was also quick to add that he would like to take the leftovers to work with him this week as they would be really easy to warm up in the microwave. That’s the kind of response I was looking for!

I documented the preparation process a little for some of you “not so cook” cooks. These step-by-step instructions paired with the recipe should make your OAM Cooking BIG DAY run a little smoother. (You will have to pardon the picture quality as my camera is in the hospital getting fixed. I resorted to using my iPhone which has been a God send I must add).

Step 1 – Thaw the Bread

The instructions on the frozen loafed bread indicate thawing it in a bread pan overnight with plastic wrap. I did this with the one loaf I was making. On our OAMC BIG DAY we will be thawing 3 loaves. You can use either three loaf pans in the refrigerator overnight or I am thinking that a 13×9 inch pan might work. If you are cooking at your house and your refrigerator is already busting at the seams you may need to have your partner thaw the bread and bring it when they come to your house. (Sorry, no picture of this step).

Step 2 – Remove Bread from Refrigerator and Rise

On our cooking day we are going to let the dough sit out on the counter or other space to rise for at least 1 hour before attempting to roll it out. I didn’t do this and really wished that I had. It was tough to roll the dough and I didn’t get it as stretched out as I would have liked.

Step 3 – Flour Counter and Rolling Pin and Roll

It is important to dust a little flour on the counter and your rolling pin before getting started. This will help the dough not to stick. Roll the dough out to approximately 14×24 inch rectangle.

Step 4 – Layer Ingredients

I started with the pepperoni and layered the entire rectangle. I then added the mozzarella cheese and sprinkled the Italian seasoning, salt and pepper on top. (My rectangle wasn’t as big as they said it was but we still didn’t use a whole 8 oz of pepporoni. Therefore, I am going to adjust the pepperoni needed from 3 lbs to 1.5 lbs on the grocery list.)

Step 5 – Roll the Dough

Just go slowly and you will do fine!

Step 6 – Cut the Dough into 1 Inch Slices

Now you cut the roll into approximately 1 inch slices and place the slices on the sprayed cookie sheet. Be careful when you are cutting and transferring the pizza rolls that you don’t lose all of the ingredients out of them! I obviously didn’t roll my dough large enough because I only got about 10 slices out of my roll. These slices were plenty big enough though! Even though I didn’t get as many I think this recipe will adequately feed my family the required servings.

Step 7 – Let Sit for 10 Minutes & Bake

Let the rolls sit on the cooking sheet for 10 minutes. When the oven is heated to 400 degrees stick them in for baking. They need to back 20-25 minutes.

Step 8 – Freeze

Let the cooked rolls cool before attempting to flash freeze them or package them. Follow the rest of the instructions in the March Menu for this process.

For step-by-step look at the process click on the pictures in the gallery:

22 Responses to “Pizza Roll-Ups Test Run!”

  1. Bonnie says:

    I’m going to give this one a try!

  2. savvysuzie says:

    Hmmm….I was going to do pizza pockets for the freezer this week but I might try this instead!!! I should be able to stretch an extra batch of homemade dough that large if I let it rise…thanks for the idea!!!

  3. Yum! I am trying to do more low-carb and healthy fare, but these would be great for Adam to take in lunches! And one wouldn’t hurt me, right? ;) Looks good and easy–maybe good March Madness food?

  4. Amy in OHio says:

    I can’t wait – these look so yummy!

  5. Nifty Nique says:

    These look great! I’ll have to add them to the menu next week.

  6. DeAna Boren says:

    My husband loves Bagel Bites, but I think this might work out better & healthier & cheaper!

  7. YUM!!!!! I can’t wait to make these! Joshua is sitting with me and he says they look yummy too!

  8. Amy Green says:

    This looks great! I think my family would love it!

  9. jessica says:

    I LOVE this website..my friends and I have tried various means of “freezer cooking” before . Your method sounds incredible and provides all the organization for me on the front end ! I plan to make the pizza roll ups this weekend myself and freeze !! THANK YOU !!!

  10. WOW! These are going on my menu this month!

  11. Renita Hegner says:

    I love your website!

  12. savvysuzie says:

    OK – so I tried this tonight (we were making pizza anyway so I just doubled the dough). SOOOOO easy!!! I made up the pizza for dinner, and while it cooked I rolled out the other half of the dough and made the pizza roll. My hubby dubbed it “Sushi-roni” because it did look kinda like a big sushi roll when I was slicing :) I had some trouble getting it rolled tightly, the outer layer was a bit loose so I had to squeeze them a little before baking. Any suggestions on getting it to roll more tightly?

  13. Stephanie says:

    I made several of the recipes this weekend, including the pizza rollups. they didn’t look as nice as your’s but they were super tasty and the kids devoured them, which was the point. Thanks so much for all the hard work you do putting together the menu, etc. I posted about my experience on my blog:

    http://whatacoolidea.blogspot.com/2009/03/can-you-do-it-once-month.html

  14. Jo says:

    these look good…I didn’t read through the recipe..just printed off and figured out what I already had stockpiled/in the freezer (I’m a big time couponer)and picked up the remnants today at an Asian market (I’m really set on rice now), Costco, and Walmart…

    I had imagined these like a bread stick with the filling on the inside..and I see they are more cinnamon roll shaped..interesting…sounds great..

    I had done OAMC before..but not for years..now, it looks like I’m going back to work..and leaving my laid off husband and teens at home to fend for themselves..I’m not sure of what my schedule will be so I’m prepping some freezer things and have them at the ready no matter what.

    between the mix of salmon, shrimp and pizza rolls..we can’t go wrong..so glad to hear these are tasty too..

  15. Kathy says:

    I have dough in the fridge from the Arisan 5 minute bread book and I’m making bread tomorrow. There will be enough for several batches or ideas so I think I’ll make these tomorrow. I’ll let you know and give credit to your site once I make them.
    Thanks for sharing this!

  16. Tari says:

    We make these sometimes, too. They’re really versatile because you can also make them a cheeseburger version (ground beef, cheese, ketchup and mustard) or a taco version (taco meat or beans, cheese, and salsa or taco sauce).

  17. Mariam says:

    So I decided to give these a try today. Again I don’t do a BIG cooking day like you ladies, I’ve just been doubling some recipes (eating one, freezing the other). Today my 4 year old daughter and I were waiting for a furniture delivery and I decided to make these rollups. I prepped the dough as the recipe stated, but still had trouble getting the dough to roll out into a larger rectangle ( I only got 9 rolls from one loaf). Anyhow, after I made the first one, I decided that this was the PERFECT recipe to have my daughter help with. I let her help roll the dough out (after which I took over), she did everything else until it was time to cut. We had so much fun making these and even more fun eating them!

  18. JenZ says:

    I made these tonight – half to eat tonight and the other half to freeze to send to a friend who just had surgery and can’t be on her feet to cook for her family. The roll-ups are great! Super tasty – a big hit with my whole family!

    I didn’t put the Italian seasonings in the rolls though. I seasoned the sauce (I used 8 oz tomato sauce plus 6 oz tomato paste) with Italian seasoning plus garlic, and I thought the rolls tasted great with just the pepperoni and cheese in them. I did cut the baking time to 15 minutes though, because the rolls were browned enough by then. And I ended up getting 12-15 slices from each roll instead of 24.

    Thanks for the recipe! I only recently found your site, and I’m excited to try more of the recipes soon! (I froze the Baked French Toast – modified a bit – to send to the same friend.)

  19. joe paterno says:

    WOW! These are going on my menu this month!

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