Food is a really big deal in Italy. It is an art form and it is easy to offend if you do not get this art form quite right! There are certain noodles that you are supposed to use in certain pasta dishes even! I have learned a lot about cooking since I have lived here, and I have especially learned how much I love Italian food. Especially pizza. If you ask any kid in Italy what their favorite food is, the majority of them will shout PIZZA (me too for that matter)!!!
These pizza rolls could NOT be any easier, and are a favorite at every party! Kids and adults alike love this easy finger food. At the risk of offending my Italian neighbors, I am going to show you the easy way to make this 5 minute party treat! You can make homemade pizza dough, which we prefer for pizza around here, but I promise you that store-bought rolled pizza dough is not only quicker, but works perfectly for these bite sized snacks. Because who has time to make their own dough when they are preparing everything else for a birthday shindig?!
Try and find pre-rolled pizza dough [see photo]. I have read good things about Pillsbury pizza dough, although I have not personally tried it. You can use mozzarella or scamorza bianca for your cheese topping (depending on which is available in your area). You will also need finely grated parmesan cheese, and tomato sauce (not a premade sauce for spaghetti, but actual tomato sauce).
We haven’t had the easiest time finding a good tomato sauce when we are back in the US. We have had the best luck with Mutti, Pomì, and DeCecco. Bertolli was also decent. They are the most authentic brands we have found. We like to mix a little sauce in a small bowl with a pinch of salt and olive oil, and then throw in a few basil leaves. Let it sit for a few hours before you make your pizza. If you don’t have time, no worries. Just mix a little olive oil with your sauce in a bowl and set aside. MAKE SURE THAT YOU USE VIRGIN OLIVE OIL. Read the labels carefully. In the US, they often cut olive oils with other seed oils, and the result is nowhere near as good!
Begin by preheating your oven to 390°F (200°C), or according the instructions on the package. Place parchment paper or a silicone mat on your cookie sheet. Start by unrolling your dough. Grate your cheese and set aside on a plate. Coat your pizza dough lightly with the tomato sauce mixture. Do not use to much sauce because you will be rolling up your dough. Sprinkle lightly with cheese. Again, do not spread the cheese to thickly, when you roll the dough there will be plenty of sauce and cheese in each bite.
After you have spread out a thin layer of Mozzarella or Scamorza cheese, sprinkle parmesan cheese over the top of the pizza. Make sure you cover it all the way until the edges!
Roll your pizza width wise, so it maintains it’s full length [see photo]. Use the pizza cutter to slice 1/2-1 inch disks. Place the disks flat on the cookie sheet. Bake in the oven according to package instructions, or approximately 10 minutes. Keep an eye on them the first time because the rate at which they cook depends also on the dough that you choose to use.
Enjoy! You will be surprised at how tasty these easy snacks are! They are a no mess finger food that can replace pizza at your party. They are easy even for smaller children to grab and eat without burning themselves, losing their toppings or making a mess. You will love this easy solution! They are one of our go-to birthday foods!
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