Thursday, January 23, 2014

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Easy Stuffed Parmesan Pizza Crust Rolls #Recipe

Since the big game is coming up, I thought it would be a great time to share this easy to make game day recipe.  These stuffed rolls were inspired by this Stuffed Pizza Rolls recipe shared by Six Sisters Stuff.  The possibilities really seemed endless with this recipe and we enjoyed experimenting with different ingredients to bake inside the rolls.  We did make a batch with pepperoni and shredded Mozzarella inside with red sauce for dipping and our children just loved it.  For my husband and myself, we wanted something that suited our tastes better . . .

Stuffed Mushroom & Onion Parmesan Pizza Crust Rolls Recipe

refrigerated pizza dough
4 to 6 whole white mushrooms
1 medium yellow onion
4 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
1 Tbsp melted butter
2 tsp garlic or Italian seasoning blend
1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
butter or olive oil
nonstick cooking spray
marinara sauce (optional for dipping)

Step 1.  Preheat the oven according to the refrigerated pizza dough's package instructions.

Step 2.  Slice and sauté the mushrooms and onion in a little butter or olive olive oil.  Remove from heat and put aside.

Step 3.  Unroll the pizza dough and press (from the center outward towards the edges) until it has a uniform thickness of approximately 1/4".

Step 4.  Using a pizza cutter or a knife, cut the dough into squares approximately 2".

You can make the squares in any size to fit your appetite.  The 2" size is easier to eat for children or for finger foods when entertaining.

Step 5.  Place a bed of shredded Mozzarella cheese onto each square.  Then top with a spoonful of onions and mushrooms.

Step 6.  Bring the four corners of a pizza dough square together with the filling inside.  Then pinch the dough so that it is completely sealed, being careful not to stretch the dough out so much that it makes holes in the bottom or sides.  Repeat with the remaining pizza dough squares.

Step 7.  Spray a glass pie pan with nonstick cooking spray.

Step 8.  Place each filled ball roll into the pie pan.  Then brush the tops with a bit of melted butter.

Step 9.  Sprinkle each roll with garlic or Italian seasoning.  Then generously top with grated Parmesan cheese.

Step 10.  Bake rolls in the oven for approximately 12 to 15 minutes or until they turn a nice golden brown on top.  (Baking time may vary from one oven to another.)

If you are using filling that gives off moisture, like the vegetables we used, you may want to bake the rolls for slightly longer (without burning the cheese on top) to prevent the pizza dough from becoming soggy.

Step 11.  Cool for 5 minutes and serve hot either alone or with a side of marinara sauce for dipping.

This recipe can really be adjusted to suit your own tastes.  For example, my husband is not a huge fan of an abundance of melted cheese, so I put less shredded cheese inside the rolls.

These stuffed rolls would be a huge hit on game day!  You could try trading our onions and mushrooms for crumbled sausage, cheddar cheese, ham and cheese, or just about anything you enjoy on a pizza or in a hot sub or calzone.  What would you put inside yours?