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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!! 

 

Buttery Soft Pretzels w/ Serrano Bacon Cheddar Sauce

Soft pretzels have to be one of my favorite snack foods ever. As a child, I would stand in line at the “snack bar” of my k-8 school every lunch with the 75cents I somehow managed to find that morning for one. Sorry mom, I wasn’t eating the lunch line’s green beans and hamburger steak..  

As an adult, it’s what I nosh on at every sporting event, fair or concert…and don’t even get me started on how many I quite frankly inhaled during the pregnancy of my second son. I’d load my first child up (who was about 8 months old) in the car and take him and my fat butt up to Target just to buy 1 or 2 warm, large pretzels at their snack bar. I’d then put my baby in a cart and walk around aimlessly stuffing my also fat face while contemplating on buying just one more. Yes, I may indeed have a soft pretzel problem.

Now some may argue it’s a bad idea that I can now make my own. I’d normally tell them to be quiet but..well….my mouth is so full of soft pretzel that I physically can’t ;).

*Hey, if you’re going to do it right, serve it alongside my homemade spicy cheese sauce and save the mustard for the baseball game!

The Starting Lineup

Pretzel Dough

  • 1 1/2 tsp active dry yeast 
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 2 rounded Tbsp brown sugar (dark or light)
  • 1 1/4 tsp kosher salt 
  • 2 cups bread flour 
  • 2 cups all purpose flour

Baking Soda Bath

  • 2 Tbsp baking soda
  • 2 cups warm water

Garnish

  • Kosher/rock salt
  • and/or cinnamon and sugar mix
  • 4 Tbsp butter, melted 

Serrano Bacon Cheddar Sauce (optional)

  • 2 Serrano peppers, seeded and finely diced (I, of course, kept the heat in mine 😉
  • 6 strips bacon, cooked & crumbled (reserve 1 Tbsp of the grease)
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • Pinch each of salt, pepper & garlic powder  

To start your pretzel dough, combine 1 1/2 cups of warm water and the yeast into the bowl of your mixer. Gently mix together and allow to sit for about 5 minutes till it starts to foam up a bit.  

   Next, add in the brown sugar and the salt to the yeast mix. Stir together until it’s dissolved. Now add in both types of flour (all 4 cups), and using the paddle attachment mix on low for about 15 seconds to combine. Switch the attachment to the dough hook and mix in high for 5-6 minutes to knead the dough. 

     Lightly oil a large bowl and place the kneaded ball of dough into it. Cover and let sit in a warm spot for 1 hour to rise. 

 Immediately after setting your dough to rise, make the baking soda bath. This part is easy, simply combine 2 cups of warm water with 2 Tbsp of baking soda. Stir often throughout the next hour. 

 After the dough has risen, cut off about 1 cup of dough at a time and roll into a 1/2″ thick rod shape. (*do not flour the counter here, damp hands work best). 

   Now here you can either cut that long strip of dough into 1-2″ pieces OR shape into your traditional pretzel shape. Once to your liking, carefully give each a quick dunk into the baking soda bath and set onto a greased baking sheet. Repeat till dough is gone. 

 Preheat the oven to 450 degrees and let the pretzels rise again for about 15 minutes (while the oven gets to temp). Bake for 10-12 minutes. While these are baking you can melt the 4 tbsp of butter. Remove from the oven and brush the pretzels/pretzel bites with the melted butter and either sprinkle with kosher or rock salt OR toss in a large ziplock bag with a cinnamon-sugar mix. 

   Serve immediately with a dipping sauce and enjoy!! 

 

Serrano Bacon Cheddar Sauce (optional)

In a sauté pan fry up the bacon, remove to a paper towel lined plate and set aside. Drain all but 1 Tbsp of the bacon grease…that stuff’s good as gold! 

 Add 1 tbsp of butter to the reserved bacon grease and melt. Once melted stir in the flour to form a rue and then quickly whisk in the milk. Whisk Whisk Whisk till smooth! Now slowly whisk in the two cups cheese till creamy and then fold in the cooked, crumbled bacon and the finely diced Serrano peppers. Pour into individual ramekins and serve alongside some warm, soft pretzels!  

           

Breakfast Fries

After every fun holiday-party-weekend, you may need a ‘feel better’ breakfast.  I know that we often do and I have just the thing for you too!  This is actually quite easy considering you’re using frozen fries instead of making biscuits!  Heck, as gluttonous as this may look, it may just be healthier for you too…it’s what I tell myself at least! 😉

The Starting Lineup

  • 1 bag frozen French fries (I prefer steak fry cut)
  • 1lb sausage
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • Season Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp butter   

Preheat your oven to the french fry package directions and get a baking sheet prepped.
Next, warm the butter in your pan and then add in all of the sausage.  Cook the breakfast sausage on medium until it’s no longer pink.  If you don’t feel too hot now, you definitely don’t want to know what it’s like after you eat undercooked pork.  Bleh. 

 After the sausage is cooked through, sprinkle in the flour directly onto the meat.  *I know, I know, traditionally you remove the meat, but I find this step unnecessary..Give this a good stir to coat all of the sausage in the flour.  You’ll immediately start to see it thicken up. 

 Next add in the milk while, again, stirring to incorporate everything.  Turn down to medium low while giving the gravy an occasional stir.  Please give a few tastes at this point and season as you like.  I prefer a pinch of season salt and a heavy hand with the pepper. 

 While the sausage gravy is simmering away, place your French fries in the oven and allow to cook as directed.  The 20+ minutes your fries are in the oven is perfect due to the gravy needing to cook that flour out while it’s simmering.  Remember to keep stirring ever so often and feel free to add a bit more milk (a little at a time) if it seems too thick for your liking. 

   Once the fries are hot and crisp, serve on a plate with a big ladle full of gravy!! (and perhaps an egg or two on the side;)) 

 

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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