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Pizza Rolls

Do you remember growing up and eating those famous Totino’s Pizza Rolls after school??  You know, the little crunchy squares filled with gooey cheese, sauce & meat that would always burn the roof of your mouth because you couldn’t wait for them to cool off?.. 

Well these are them recreated on steroids!  Soooo good!  What’s also great about these is that you can fill them with any pizza topping of your choice!  Make these upscale with roasted vegetables, salami, pesto, feta cheese or keep it the original way of mozzarella, marinara and pepperoni!!  Kids and adults alike will enjoy these to no end!

The Starting Lineup

  • Spring roll wrappers
  • 1 lb Italian sausage
  • 1 cup pepperoni, chopped
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1 jar marinara sauce
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • Kosher salt & pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup rice flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Vegetable oil (for frying)  

Begin by heating up the extra virgin olive oil in a sauté pan over medium heat while chopping & dicing the vegetables and pepperoni.  Also turn on your deep fryer to 350 degrees (or bring vegetable oil up to temp in a large heavy bottomed pan).

Next add the diced onion to the hot pan and sauté for 2-3 minutes, followed by the minced garlic for another minute. 

 Add the Italian sausage, Italian seasoning and S&P to the onion & garlic and brown till cooked through.  Drain on a paper towel lined bowl. 

 In a large bowl, combine the pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, marinara sauce.  Next, fold in the sausage mixture and set aside. 

   Assembly time!!  Now it’s not as tricky as you may think, but please follow along :).  Needed: a bowl of water, a beaten egg and pastry brush, the spring roll wrappers and a shallow dish with the rice flour in it.

Lightly sprinkle your work surface with a bit of rice flour.  Next dip 3 spring roll sheets (individually) into the water for about 15 seconds each and stack on top of eachother on the floured work surface.  Now add a scoop or two of the meat filling in the middle of the wrapper and then brush the beaten egg around the edges of the wrapper. 

 
 Fold up like a burrito and carefully dredge the entire roll with the rice flour and set aside as you finish assembling the rest. 

    Once done, take to the deep fryer and again, carefully drop into th hot oil and allow to fry for a few minutes until a light brown.  (These won’t brown heavily like you might think). 

 To serve, cut on the diagonal and serve with a side of warm marinara sauce for dipping.  Be careful as these rolls are hot…and addictive!! 

 

Supreme Pizza Fries

How have I never made this before??  I mean it’s great for a fun & easy Friday night dinner, fabulous on a big tray while hosting a football watching party, or even an awesome way to get your kids in the kitchen cooking with you!  Really, what kid or even adult dislikes pizza or French fries?  Combine the two and it’s a sure fire winner!

Plus, the toppings are endless!  Now here I went the traditional ‘supreme pizza’ route, but what if your favorite pizza is Hawaiian?  Sausage?  Salami and hot peppers?  Pick your poison and I’m sure you won’t be disappointed!

*If your making your own French fries, make SURE to soak the cut potatoes in a large bowl of cold water in your refridgerator for at least 1-2 hours, if not longer, prior to frying them.  This removes a lot of the starch from the potatoes, resulting in crispier restaurant style fries!

The Starting Lineup

  • 1 pckg frozen (or homemade) french fries
  • Jarred pizza sauce
  • Pepperoni, quartered
  • Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • Green bell pepper, sliced
  • White onion, thinly sliced
  • Mushrooms, sliced
  • Black olives, sliced
  • Garlic powder 
  • Crushed red pepper/Parmesan cheese (optional garnish)    

Start this simple recipe by slicing up the veggies, shredding the mozzarella and preheating the deep fryer oil to 350 degrees (or later setting the oven to package temperature if baking the French fries). 

   Set the oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil.  Spread the sliced bell pepper, onion and mushrooms out evenly on the baking sheet and drizzle with a bit of extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of salt & pepper.  Place the vegetables into the oven for about 10-12 minutes, mixing occasionally.  Remove from oven and set aside…keep the oven on. 

 While the vegetables are roasting, pour about a cup of the pizza sauce into a small pan and bring to a low simmer to warm through. 

 Once the oil (or oven) is ready, begin cooking the French fries.  You want the fries to be on the crunchy side, so I like to double or even triple fry here.  Not burn them of course, but just get them nice and crisp.  Remember, you’ll be pouring on pizza sauce, cheese, etc..soggy fries are no bueno! 

 After the fries have finished cooking, toss with a bit of garlic powder (this really helps with that pizza crust flavor!). 

 Assembly time!!  On a foil lined baking sheet, add that mound of fries.  Next, pour on the warm pizza sauce, the shredded mozzarella, roasted veggies, pepperoni and black olives.  It’s quite the heaping helping here! 

 Pop into the oven on the top rack (now set to broil) and watch closely as the cheese melts to that ooey-gooey pizza cheese consistency!  After just a couple minutes remove and serve up!  Heck, I won’t tell if you even eat straight from the baking sheet! 😉 Serve with a bit of crushed red pepper flakes and parmesan cheese if desired. 

 

Pizza Pot Pie (supreme)

What do you do when you’re craving a deep dish pizza but your husband wants a chicken pot pie?  Well you combine the two of course!!  I just so happened to have these tasty ingredients on hand as well, which made it all the better!!!

Another great thing about this meal is you can add any of your favorite ingredients or whatever is handy!  Now my husband is a meat eater, so naturally I went the “supreme” route, but you can make it to your family’s liking!  Ham n cheese, Hawaiian, Mediterranean, veggie lover or just an old fashion pepperoni and cheese!!  Plus, this dinner WILL fill everyone up!

The Starting Lineup

  • 1 pckg pie dough (2 rounds)
  • 1lb ground beef
  • 1 pckg italian sausage links, chopped
  • 1 pckg pepperoni slices
  • 2 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup pizza sauce 
  • 1 bell pepper, sliced
  • 1/2 onion, sliced
  • 1 container mushrooms, sliced or quartered
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 small can black olives, sliced
  • 1 egg (egg wash) 

In a large pan, heat 1 tbsp of EVOO to medium/medium high heat.  Add in both the hamburger meat and the cut Italian sausage pieces.  Heat till cooked through, stirring occasionally.  *Now I seasoned with just a pinch each of salt, pepper and oregano.  Due to the preseasoned sausages I had, I didn’t go overboard.
 While the meats are browning you can rinse, slice, dice and mince your veggies.  It’s always way easier to have this step done by the time your meat has finished cooking.

 Now here is where YOU can decide what sort of pan you’d like to use.  This time I chose a spring form pan (think ‘cheesecake’ pan), but more often than not I’ll use my cast-iron skillet!  …and don’t forget about a regular pie dish, all of these can do the job!

So with your pan of choice, take a tbsp or two of butter and coat the entire inside of the pan.  Now with one of the pie dough rounds, gently press into the pan and up the sides (if needed you can absolutely lighty flour a surface and rolling pin to enlarge the pie round.  If you’re using a standard pie pan this will not be an issue).

   Apply a light amount of shredded cheese to the crust followed by the cut veggies, including the garlic.

 Ok..your meat is now cooked through (if you’re following my directions that is ;)). With a slotted spoon transfer the meat to a large clean bowl.  *The slotted spoon is to drain the grease.  Now add the cup of pizza sauce and toss to coat.

   The meat mixture will now be poured evenly overtop the veggies, followed by the rest of the cheese and then a layer of pepperoni slices.

     Ok, time for your 2nd pie dough round!  Carefully lay overtop all of that pizza-y goodness and then the edges are your choice: crimp, fold over/under the 1st dough sides, make it decorative…do what you makes your heart happy!

Finallllyyy….brush the egg wash (1 egg beaten with 1 Tbsp water) all over the top of the dough and make a few small slits on the top.  Place the ‘pie’ pan (what have you) onto a baking sheet and then place into your preheated oven for about 25-30 minutes.  The top will take on a lovely golden brown color!

     Once the pizza pot pie has finished baking, remove from the oven and allow to sit for 5-10 minutes before cutting into.

  

I like to serve a large slice with a side salad and call it a night! *cause you’re as stuffed as this Pizza Pot Pie Supreme! 

  

*Tip:  you can par-bake your bottom crust for about 10-12 minutes before you start layering the good stuff.  It will hold up better.

Toddler Crescent Roll Pizza

Despite this recipe’s title, everyone can enjoy these, but they were concocted with lil ones in mind.  I have two toddlers of my own and the youngest still has yet to get his molars in…making it hard to chew some foods, Friday night pizza being one of them.

After opening a can of crescent rolls one day I noticed the triangular shape and I also just happened to have some pizza like toppings on hand.  I tried it, it worked.  Wonderfully might I add!  My boys (then only 2 & 1) ate it up with no problem!  We’re talking a one-year-old with little to no teeth!

You can add WHATEVER toppings you like as well.  Sneak in some veggies, add sausage or fun cheeses, you can even make this a dessert pizza with Nutella and sliced strawberries or bananas.  The options are endless!!

So if you have some youngin’s, first time eaters or are just searching through your pantry for somethig quick and easy, give these a go!

The Starting Lineup

  • 1 roll crescent dough
  • 1 jar pizza sauce
  • 1 package pepperoni
  • 1 mozzarella/cheddar cheese 

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees (or according to crescent roll package instructions).

On a baking sheet, lay out the crescent rolls and flatten with your fingertips just slightly.  You want to push the dough out just a bit so the “slice” is wider.  *Be brave when opening those dang delicious crescent rolls.  If  there’s one thing in this world that scares me, its opening one of those!*POW*…I shudder…


Next, place about 1 Tbsp of pizza sauce onto each triangular slice.  Spread with the back of a spoon to cover.

Next top with the shredded cheese of your choice.  Follow that with your kiddos favorite toppings and then a bit more of that yummy cheese!

  


Pop these into your preheated oven for 10-12 minutes and you’re done!

Allow them to cool for just a minute for those tiny mouths, but I guarantee these will be an easy lil guy & gal crowd pleaser in your home!!  

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