As we approach the end of this incredibly hot and humid summer, I am sooo ready for Fall. Along with the cooler temperatures and shorter days, we can also look forward to something much more important, the start of football season! So before the season gets into full swing, this is a great snack to serve at your next football party or as a delicious alternative to homemade pizza.
These tasty little Baked Pepperoni Rolls are like tiny finger-food sized pizzas that are as easy to make as they are to serve. Add a spoonful of seasoned olive oil dipping sauce on the side and these will be an instant favorite, and the most requested item for future parties!
The Dough setting on my bread machine takes 90 minutes which allows the dough to rise twice. During that time I have time to prepare the dipping sauce and a salad or other dinner items, and assembly of the rolls only takes about 15 minutes.
Bread Machine Pizza Dough
1 1/2 cups Water
1 1/2 tsp Salt
3 TB Olive Oil
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1 tsp Dried Oregano
4 1/2 cups Bread Machine Flour
3 tsp Bread Machine Yeast
Combine ingredients in your bread machine as outlined in your manual, using a french dough or regular dough setting.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
When the dough is finished, place the dough on a lightly floured cutting board. Sprinkle the dough with a little extra flour and use a pastry cutter or a sharp knife to cut the dough into about 14 - 16 portions, depending on how large you would like the rolls to be.
For the filling you will need
1 12 oz pkg Mozzarella Cheese Sticks
1 6 oz pkg Large 3-inch Pepperoni Slices
Flatten each portion of dough into a 5 inch square. Place half of a mozzarella cheese stick in the center of a pepperoni slice and wrap the pepperoni around the cheese. (This will keep the cheese inside of the roll, preventing the cheese from oozing out.) Place the pepperoni and cheese bundle in the center of a dough square, wrap the edges of the dough inward and roll the dough into a bundle. Pinch the edges slightly to create a seal and place the roll on a baking sheet, seam side down. Continue with the remaining rolls.
Olive Oil Dipping Sauce
1/3 cups Olive Oil
2 TB Fresh Minced Garlic
1-1/2 tsp Dried Oregano
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1 tsp Onion Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Ground Black Pepper
1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
In a small glass bowl combine all ingredients, stirring until incorporated. Let sit for 15 minutes before serving, or this can be prepared an hour in advance.
Brush the rolls generously with the olive oil dipping sauce, transfer the baking sheet to the oven and bake the rolls for 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve with extra dipping sauce on the side and Enjoy!!