I use to love me some Pizza Rolls!
When I was in college at the University of Cincinnati I lived off of cafeteria food, ramen noodles, PB&J sandwiches, Hot Pockets, and Tortino’s Pizza Rolls. Man, how I loved Tortino’s Pizza Rolls. Of course with this type of diet I gained beyond the “Freshman 15”, I gained the “Freshman 25”. Yes, yes, yes. Over time, I gained about 25 pounds during my undergraduate years. Not to fear! I just lost 30! Only — to go. When you are a broke college student you eat what you can and what is cheap. Unfortunately most of the food that is cheap is that gross over processed food that is in the middle of the grocery store such as Hamburger Helper meals, Spam, hamburger patties, and, you guessed it, Tortino’s Pizza Rolls. I am not the healthiest person on the block, that is for sure, but I am more aware about what goes in to my body now than in my college years.
Recently, I began craving those Tortino’s Pizza Rolls for some reason (no I am not preggers). But instead of giving into my foodaholic instincts, I started to wonder if there was a creative way to make pizza rolls without all of the mystery ingredients. And behold! I have risen yet again to the occasion. This is the easiest recipe probably on this site to date. All I did was purchase already made pizza crust, took a can of organic pizza sauce, grated some fresh mozzarella cheese, and added some pepperoni all on the pizza crust. I then rolled it up, like you would if you were to make cinnamon rolls, and cut them into pizza rolls and put them into the oven. Once they’ve finished, I brushed them with garlic butter and was in pizza roll heaven. Now, I know that these aren’t any healthier. But you can at least see what you are putting into your food, right? Of course you can make your own crust and pizza sauce if you have that kind of time. However, if you are a broke college student like I still feel like I am from time to time, make these in your little college kitchenettes instead of buying a bag of those Tortino’s Pizza Rolls. These are better!
- 1 can Pillsbury refrigerated pizza crust
- 1 15 oz. can pizza sauce
- 2 c. pepperoni
- 1 tbsp. oregano
- 2 c. fresh mozzarella cheese or prepackaged (fresh mozzarella is much better)
- 4 tbsp. butter
- 3 cloves garlic, grated
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Lightly flour your surface. Open the can of pizza dough and lay it out on the floured surface. Once you roll it out, it should already be perfectly rectangular. Allow to sit for about 5 minutes.
- Open the can of pizza sauce and begin to pour some of the pizza sauce on the crust leaving about 1 inch of the edges uncovered. You may or may not need to use the whole can. It depends on how much pizza sauce you like. Sprinkle the oregano on top of the sauce.
- Begin to place the pepperoni over the sauce. Then spread the mozzarella cheese on top of the pepperoni. With the end of the pizza closest to you, begin to tightly roll the pizza toward the other end of the pizza. Some of the topping will ooze out; just try to keep it all in tact as much as you can. Once you have rolled the pizza into a log shape, with a sharp knife, cut the log into 1 inch thick slices making pizza rolls. You should get about 6 out of the log.
- In a 9 inch round pan or a cookie sheet, place each pizza roll on top, and place in the oven for 25 minutes. While the pizza rolls are baking, in small bowl take the butter and with a hand grater, if you have one, grate the garlic into the bowl with the butter (if you do not have a hand grater and whatever you have should suffice). This should turn the garlic into a paste. Put the butter with the garlic in the microwave for 1 minute and once the butter is completely melted whisk to make sure that the garlic is evenly mixed and not in large chunks in the butter. If you are using unsalted butter you may sprinkle a little salt for added flavor.
- Once the pizza rolls are finished, take a pastry or silicone brush and brush the pizza rolls with the butter and serve!