Pizza roll ups are delicious appetizers, made with store bought pizza dough. This homemade pizza rolls recipe is easy to make, perfect for snacking, and always favorite party food.
Pizza Roll Ups
How were pizza rolls created?
As you shop the frozen food aisle of the grocery store, you may have seen Totino’s Pizza Rolls. Our recipe for pizza roll ups is a variation of them, but of course, much more delicious.
Jeno Paulucci invented Pizza Rolls in 1968. His original business was prepared Chinese foods. You may recognize his name as the infamous Jeno’s Pizza Rolls, which was acquired by PIllsbury in 1985. Several years later, the name was changed to Totino’s.
What is a rolled up pizza called?
This pizza roll ups recipe is also similar to what many restaurants would call a stromboli, which is a tightly rolled up pizza. Our roll ups are sliced into one inch thick pieces, making them easier to eat.
How to make Pizza Roll Ups?
This recipe uses store bought pizza dough, dramatically decreasing the amount of time you might spend making dough from scratch. Homemade pizza dough requires time to rise, while store bought dough is pre-risen and nearly ready to use.
Using mozzarella cheese and pepperoni creates an authentic pizza taste in a small appetizer-sized bite. Another benefit is, everything will stay in place when you slice the roll.
Serve the roll ups with a cup of marinara sauce for dipping. It is the perfect finishing touch!
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How to make Pizza Roll Ups in the oven?
For the best results, use a standard or toaster oven to bake the pizza roll ups. Bake them at a high temperature (425F) to ensure that the pizza roll ups are golden brown, crispy and sizzling hot.
To bake pizza roll ups in the oven:
- Preheat the oven to 425F.
- Prepare the baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper.
- Brush the remaining butter on the top side of the pizza roll ups. This helps the dough to create a golden color.
Are Pizza Roll Ups healthy?
Honestly, we’re eating pizza rolls because they are delicious and we can’t resist that buttery crisp dough.
While pizza roll ups are not the healthiest meal, they are healthier than the deep fried appetizers you see at many parties.
To keep the calories low, serve them in smaller portions, as appetizers. One serving is six pizza rolls, which equals approximately 220 calories. Truthfully, that is much less than the 940 calories of calzones.
For a healthier option, serve the rolls with healthy greens, like this Greek salad.
Pizza Roll Ups
Pizza roll ups are delicious appetizers, made with store bought pizza dough. This homemade pizza rolls recipe is easy to make, perfect for snacking, and always a favorite party food.
- 1 package store-bought pizza dough white or whole wheat
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning dried hrebs
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes optional
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter melted or use olive oil
- 1 package pepperoni slices
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
- 1 cup marinara sauce for dipping
Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees F.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
On a lightl floured surface roll the dough into a rectangle, the long side facing you being about 15-20 inches.
Brush with 1 tablespoon of melted butter and sprinkle Italian seasoning herbs and red pepper flakes over the surface.
Arrange the pepperoni in about 5 rows, 8-10 pepperoni slices per row. Start about 2 inches from the side facing you, and leave about 3 inches from the top side.
Sprinkle shredded mozzarella cheese evenly over the surface.
Roll up the dough tightly into a log, starting from the long side that is closer/facing you.
Cut into about 1 inch thick rolls, place them on the prepared baking sheet. Brush with remaining melted butter or olive oil.
Bake for 12-17 minutes or until golden brown. Serve immediately with marinara sauce for dipping.