Stuffed Pizza Rolls

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We sometimes call this “Inside-Out” pizza too. They’re garlicky, cheesy little pizza dough balls filled with all of the yummy toppings you’d put on a pizza. To eat, just pop one off and dunk it in marinara sauce. Don’t you love finger food? And don’t you love dunking things? I suppose regular pizza is finger food as well, but for some reason this is way more fun. Must be the dunking factor. You can pick your own fillings. We love Canadian bacon and pineapple, or Italian turkey sausage and chopped peppers. Pepperoni and cheese is always a hit and you could easily make these vegetarian as well. This makes great party food or a fun appetizer, but in our house we often pair it with a salad and call it dinner. It works especially great for little fingers so my boys love ’em!

Stuffed pizza rolls from Our Best Bites

You’ll need a roll of refrigerator pizza dough (or make your own…or buy some from your favorite pizza shop or Sam’s Club/Costco), pizza sauce (our favorite recipe!), some grated parmesan cheese, olive oil or melted butter, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, 8 ounces mozzarella cheese, cut into cubes, and your favorite pizza toppings of choice (we’re using mini pepperoni).

pizza roll ingredients

 

Preheat oven to heat specified on pizza dough package. Usually it’s 400 F. If you make your own dough, bake it at 400.

Unroll your pizza dough onto a lightly floured surface. Pat or roll the dough so it’s about 12″ by 8″. Use a pizza cutter to slice the dough into 24 squares.

pizza dough cut into squares

Place cheese and desired toppings on each square.

pizza toppings on dough pieces

(Note that you’re not putting the marinara sauce on the dough; it’s for dipping after) It’s easy to overfill these–you want to make sure you can close them, so about a heaping tablespoon of toppings should be plenty.

When all of your dough squares have cheese and toppings on them, carefully lift up each square and wrap the dough around the toppings.

folding stuffed pizza rolls

folding stuffed pizza rolls 2

folding stuffed pizza rolls 3

Pinch to make sure each ball is sealed shut and then place them seam side down in a lightly sprayed pie pan (or similar sized dish).

pizza rolls in pan

Brush the tops of the dough balls with olive oil or melted butter (I’ve used both and there’s not much difference in result) and then sprinkle with the garlic and Italian seasoning and top with Parmesan cheese.sprinkling pizza rolls with parmesan (In lieu of the Parmesan, garlic, and Italian seasoning you could substitute this garlic bread seasoning.)

Bake in the preheated oven for about 15-20 minutes or until golden brown on top. Keep an eye on them! Doughs vary, so I’d check them after even 10 minutes.

pulling pizza roll from pan
Serve warm with warmed marinara sauce on the side for dipping.

dunking pizza roll in marinara
The outsides are like garlic bread and the insides are full of oozing cheese. This might just be a perfect food.

pulling apart pizza roll

pulling apart pizza roll 2

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pulling apart pizza roll 2

Stuffed Pizza Rolls

 
Servings6 -8

Ingredients

  • 1 pizza crust refrigerated, or recipe linked above
  • 8 ounces mozzarella cheese cut into cubes
  • Desired pizza toppings mini pepperoni always work great(
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Pizza sauce recipe linked above

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to heat specified on pizza dough package. Usually it's 400 F. If you make your own dough, bake it at 400.
  • Unroll your pizza dough onto a lightly floured surface. Pat or roll the dough so it's about 12" by 8". Use a pizza cutter to slice the dough into 24 squares.
  • Place cheese and desired toppings on each square.
  • (Note that you're not putting the marinara sauce on the dough; it's for dipping after) It's easy to overfill these--you want to make sure you can close them, so about a heaping tablespoon of toppings should be plenty.When all of your dough squares have cheese and toppings on them, carefully lift up each square and wrap the dough around the toppings.
  • Pinch to make sure each ball is sealed shut and then place them seam side down in a lightly sprayed pie pan (or similar sized dish).
  • Brush the tops of the dough balls with olive oil or melted butter (I've used both and there's not much difference in result) and then sprinkle with the garlic and Italian seasoning and top with Parmesan cheese.
  • (In lieu of the Parmesan, garlic, and Italian seasoning you could substitute this garlic bread seasoning.)Bake in the preheated oven for about 15-20 minutes or until golden brown on top. Keep an eye on them! Doughs vary, so I'd check them after even 10 minutes. Serve warm with warmed marinara sauce on the side for dipping.

Notes

 
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Questions & Reviews

  1. We are making these tonight! Question: if we use your breadstick recipe (which I have made a thousand times), what step do we go through? After rising and making them into square, do we let them rise another 30 minutes like we would do after shaping them into breadsticks?

    1. Ya, I would probably let the finished little rolled balls puff up a little before baking. Enjoy!

  2. Since these are a little bit fussier than just making a pizza, I wouldn’t do this unless I could make enough for several meals. Would you flash freeze the unbaked balls or bake, freeze and reheat? Have you compared the outcome? Thanks!

  3. Looks so yummy! Thank you for sharing the recipe! I really want to try it!! My kids will love it.

  4. Made these with the help of my 3yo and 18mo. Sausage and green peppers are our topping of choice. The kids had fun helping and the meal was a hit., Even if the kids ate more of the filling than they put in.

  5. First of all I LOVE this recipe! My kids eat a TON of them! Secondly, and the reason I’m commenting is that it seems both of the links to making your own pizza dough and making your own pizza sauce (and even making your own garlic seasoning) are broken. I can find them all by searching, but I thought you’d like to know so you can fix them for others who are new to this recipe. Thanks for sharing such a delicious and delightful dinner idea!

  6. If freezing these, would you bake them first and then freeze or fill them up and then freeze before baking?

  7. Wow~ I am getting so hungry reading all the wonderful recipes in todays
    OBB email! Thank you!

  8. I love these so much. Making them again tonight – pepperoni/provolone/green bell pepper for me, sundried tomato/mozzarella/green bell pepper for the husband! Good pizza dough recipe as well. I haven’t yet made them as breadsticks, but maybe someday! 🙂

  9. I had much difficulty trying to close the dough balls. They kept opening and I just put them in the oven and everything was oozing out. Any suggestions?

    1. Vivian, maybe try making your dough squares a little larger, or a little less filling.