Welcome this easy homemade pizza rolls recipe - made the cinnamon roll style! Perfect back-to-school lunch, easy snack to bring to hikes, picnics, or the office. Filled with a scrumptious pizza sauce, ham, and cheese, this little gem should definitely go on the rotation.
I can assure you that you're making everyone at the office or the other hikers super jealous when you're able to eat pizza for lunch! No more boring desktop lunches. Bonus; for more hiking snacks, try out one (or all) of these 5 trail mix recipes!
Research (aka a quick Google search) showed me that pizza rolls mean different things to different people. And to many, it means these fried egg roll type rolls, deep fried with pizza filling, like in this recipe. Also known as Totino's Pizza Rolls.
However, I'm serving them cinnamon roll style using a basic pizza dough recipe. That is what I grew up with here in Norway, known as pizzasnurrer, which literally just means pizza rolls.
How to Make Pizza Dough
You can use whatever pizza dough you like, you can by all means also use this whole wheat bread dough and just roll it out like a pizza after the proofing (first rise). That way it gets healthier and more filling, but lacks that classic pizza crust.
Pizza dough is so easy to make yourself you really shouldn't use store-bought. However, sometimes time just doesn't cut it, and that calls for desperate measures. But here I'll share with you my basic pizza dough recipe.
Pour the dry instant yeast into a bowl of slightly warm water (105F/40C). Mix before adding in oil, flour, and salt. Knead using a handheld mixer or stand mixer for around 5 minutes, or until it's done.
How to Know When the Dough is Done
What to look for is a dough that is not sticky but has a smoothness to it and is super stretchy. It shouldn't stick to the walls of the bowl too easily. Cover it and let it rest for 20 minutes. After this, you should place it on the counter and knead it 20 times by hand. Fold it over itself and press down with the heel of your hand 20 times. To get into more detail about pizza doughs, go ahead and read this article.
Now it's time to proof (rise) the dough, place it in a large bowl, and cover. Let it proof until it has doubled or tripled in size, approximately 1 to 1.5 hours (1).
Lightly flour a work surface, and cut the dough into two. Take one half and make a large ball. Roll it out to 12x20 inches (30x50cm) (2-3). A rolling pin is the easiest, but you may also just use your hands (extra rustic, I love that). You can also make it a little smaller rectangle and you'll get more dough aka bigger buns for each of the pizza rolls. Continue with the other half of the dough.
The Best Ever Spicy Pizza Sauce Recipe
So I was originally planning to share this as a single recipe, so you get a preview here. I just can't wait anymore, you need this pizza sauce in your life! Of course, feel free to use whatever pizza sauce you have on hand, want to make, or have in the freezer. This pizza sauce is also great to freeze, just thaw it in the fridge overnight or for a few hours on the counter and you're ready to go.
All you do is mix the ingredient in a medium bowl. Give it a taste and season accordingly. I highly recommend adding the sun-dried tomato pesto as stated in the ingredients, it adds a whole new awesome to the sauce.
Hold back on the salt if your toppings are really salty, such as prosciutto or bacon. It is delicious like it is combined with the ham and cheese in this homemade pizza rolls recipe.
If you want to dip the pizza rolls into more sauce when they are ready, then I would definitely make a double batch, as this is just enough for this amount of pizza dough.
Back-to-school lunch ideas
I've apparently been on a back-to-school lunch spree with some of my latest recipes. Previously I've shared a recipe for healthier homemade jello (I made them with red currants, but you can use whatever you want). Earlier this summer I shared a dinner roll stuffed with cheese and topped with bacon, those are also awesome to bring to school or work for lunch.
Of course, pasta salads and blueberry muffins are also lunch winners. And now there are these pizza rolls. And from other bloggers out there, there are tons of great ideas, I can't wait to try some of them. Especially these buffalo chicken wraps with blue cheese, pizza pasta salad, and this taco salad in a jar.
We're all going back to our routines, whether it's school or work, but I don't want you to get stuck in an office lunch rut. I'm here to help you to avoid that. You can thank me later.
How to Make This Homemade Pizza Rolls Recipe
You have made and rolled out your pizza dough and the pizza sauce is ready. If not, read the above paragraphs again. Add half of the pizza sauce to the one pizza dough. Leave room around the edges, 1 inch (2.25cm). Spread it out evenly (4).
Cover with half of the chopped ham, shredded cheese, Italian seasoning, and fresh basil (5). If you don't have or don't want to make Italian seasoning (it is super easy though!), you can just use oregano, although I wouldn't use more than half a tablespoon on each dough.
Take the dough edge farthest away from you and roll towards you, trying your best to keep the fillings inside (6). It can be a messy project, but anyway you do it, it will taste amazing. You should now have a tube of filling, and cut it into 1-inch thick rolls (7).
Place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet. I usually have 9 homemade pizza rolls on each sheet, but 12 could also go. Cover and let them rest for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 450F (225C). Brush with milk or a beaten egg and bake for 15 minutes, or until golden. Let them cool on a wire rack.
Storage Tips for Homemade Pizza Rolls
Once they are completely cold, you can add them to plastic bags and freeze them. I prefer to freeze most and just have the amount I need for the day and the next on the counter (also in plastic bags). When you're ready to eat the frozen homemade pizza rolls, you take them out of the freezer and place them in an oven preheated to about 300F (150C) or less. It takes around 10 minutes, but you should occasionally check them to see if they're heated through. Enjoy!
When bringing them to hikes, school, and work, there's no need to reheat them in the oven. Simply take them out of the freezer and bring them with you! In a few hours, they are ready to be eaten.
Enjoyed this Homemade Pizza Rolls Recipe? Check out these as well!
- Homemade Blueberry Muffins with Crumb Topping
- Healthier Homemade Jello
- Best Green Smoothie (Great for upset stomachs)
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