These easy, from scratch garlic-slathered pizza rolls are stuffed with cheese and mini pepperoni, then baked for an appetizer everyone at the party will love.
This post is in partnership with DeLallo Foods
Homemade Pizza Rolls
One of the earliest recipes I shared here on le bloggity blog was for little nuggets of garlic joy called Killer Garlic Rolls, inspired by a popular restaurant in our old neighborhood of Marina del Rey in California.
Those rolls. Pure love right there.
Today they’ve provided a nod of inspiration to this recipe for stuffed pizza rolls that are bathed in a simlilar garlic and herb butter—and bursting with a cheesy pepperoni pop.
These rolls. Pure love right here X 10.
Like my previous rolled creation, these pepperoni rolls are made with a short cut: pizza dough. At our house nothing makes pizza dough easier to make at home than DeLallo’s pizza dough kit.
While I have a from scratch dough I’ve made time and time again (thank you, Ina!) this dough is now my go-to recipe. It’s soft, supple, and never temperamental. And after simply adding water to the flour and yeast packets included in the kit, then an easy hour or so rise, the dough is ready for pizza topping.
Or in this case, this dough is ready to roll.
From pizza and pasta sauces to pestos, and olives and marinated peppers of every kind, I keep a stash of DeLallo products on hand to create fast and simple dinners for every night of the week, and appetizers like this one too.
What’s in These Pizza Rolls?
The pepperoni rolls and homemade garlic butter are a cinch to make. With just a handful of ingredients and some patience, you’ll have a batch of pizza rolls ready in no time.
Here’s what I used in this pizza rolls recipe:
- Pizza dough (I use DeLallo Pizza Dough Kit)
- Pizza sauce (I use DeLallo Pizzeria-Style Pizza Sauce)
- Mini pepperoni
- Salted butter
- Dried oregano
- Garlic powder
- Kosher salt
- Parmesan cheese
How to Make Pizza Rolls From Scratch
To make these pepperoni rolls, you’ll first need to mix together the pizza dough according to package instructions and set it aside to rise.
Once risen, roll out the pizza dough and cut into circles (you can use the mouth of a jar to do this). Place the fillings in the middle of each dough circle, then fold up the edges and pinch to seal the pizza rolls.
Brush the pizza rolls with the homemade garlic butter, then bake until golden brown and done.
Can I Prep Pizza Rolls in Advance?
You could prep these a few hours before guests arrive, but not much earlier than that. Really though, these babies are best fresh from the oven.
Can I Use Homemade Pizza Dough?
If you have a family pizza dough recipe you love, feel free to use it. I prefer using the DeLallo pizza dough kit since it saves me a few minutes in the kitchen.
Can I Freeze Pizza Rolls?
I haven’t frozen these pepperoni rolls before (there are never leftovers!), but I’m sure you can freeze these. I’d imagine you’d be able to reheat them from frozen in the oven, but I can’t say for sure.
Can I Use a Different Sauce?
Absolutely! These homemade pizza rolls can be stuffed with anything you’d like. I imagine a pesto sauce would also taste great in these pizza rolls.
Tips for Making Homemade Pizza Rolls
You could stuff these pizza-inspired babies with any number of combinations of ingredients to fit every eaters desires. Smudge has been on a pepperoni and cheese kick of late, so that’s where we went with these little pizza bombs.
Be sure to do your best to seal the balls as well as you can as the cheese has a tendency to ooze out. Not that I mind much about that because crusty baked cheese on the side is just one of these pizza balls charms.
Where a ton of the flavor comes from is inspired by my Killer Garlic Rolls, with a swath of herby garlic butter added before and after baking. If you wanted to make a little extra, it’s pretty tasting for dipping, too.
Want to see how it’s done? Check out the video below!
I used cubed mozzarella this time around, but I’ve used shredded cheese, stacked cheese as well as other melty cheeses like provolone. Make it easy on yourself—and your fridge—and use what you have handy so long as it fits inside these little orbs.
Because I can rarely leave well enough alone, a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese and kosher salt give these pizza bundles the finishing touch and make them extra ready for pizza-sauce-dipping.
Thank you very much, I will.
Recipe Ideas to Serve With Your Pizza Rolls
These rolls are certainly great as is, but sometimes you just need a drink, salad and that extra somethin’ somethin’ to complete the meal.
- Cocktail: Negroni Fizz
- Salad: Italian Chopped Salad with Marinated Chickpeas
- Salad: Caesar Salad with Garlic Croutons
- Dessert: Classic Tiramisu
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Garlic Butter Pepperoni Pizza Rolls
- 1 pound pizza dough (I use this DeLallo Pizza Dough Kit)
- 1 14- ounce jar pizza sauce (I use DeLallo Pizzeria-Style Pizza Sauce)
- 2 ounces mini pepperoni slices
- 8 ounces mozzarella or provolone cheese cubed
- 8 tablespoons salted butter
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- Kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese finely grated
- Mix the dough according to the package directions. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 1 hour at room temperature.
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
- Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- Divide the pizza dough in half. Roll the dough out to 1/16-inch and use a 3 1/2-inch biscuit cutter or the lid to a wide mouth canning jar to cut out rounds.
- Place 1/2 teaspoon pizza sauce in the center of the dough round, top with 5-6 slices of mini pepperoni and a cube of cheese.
- Fold the edges of the dough to the center and pinch the ends to seal and make into a ball. Place the ball seam side down and repeat with the rest of the dough, including the reserved half of the pizza dough.
- In a medium size bowl, melt the butter in the microwave in 30 second bursts. Stir in the oregano and the garlic powder. Brush the pizza rolls with the garlic butter mixture.
- Bake the rolls for 15-20 minutes. Check the balls at the 10 minute mark to be sure the tops aren't getting too brown. If they are, lightly tent with aluminum foil that has been lightly sprayed with cooking spray.
- Pull the rolls from the oven and lightly brush again with the garlic butter mixture, sprinkle with kosher salt and grated Parmesan cheese. Serve with additional pizza sauce.
More Easy Appetizers to Make
- Slow Cooker Sriracha Meatballs
- Hot Crab Dip
- Shrimp Cocktail
- Cheesy Sausage Pizza Bread
- Pigs in a Puff Pastry Blanket
- Stuffed Jalapeños with Gorgonzola and Bacon
- Slow Cooker Little Smokies
Thanks for stopping by and I hope this recipe gets you in the kitchen to make something good.
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