Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Pizza Roll for Dinner

I looked at the menu plan today and there was grilled chicken with cous cous.  Since we had the chicken with cous cous last night.  I was trying to find another fun side dish to make and then realized that I have put off my pizza roll three times so I crossed off the chicken and change the plan entirely. 

I used the Fleischmanns Pizza Crust Yeast which is a three pouch strip with directions on the back.  I like to mix up an extra bag to throw in the freezer with the dry ingredients for the next time.  I use 2 cups of flour, 1 1/2 tsp sugar, 3/4 tsp salt and one package of yeast.  I put one set in the bowl earlier in the day when I had a second to myself and when it was time for dinner, I added the 2/3 cup of warm water and the 3 tbsp oil.  I mix the ingredients with a fork until mostly blended.  Then I knead it in the bowl against the bottom and sides of the bowl.  I find that keeps it neater then putting flour on the counter or pastry mat which is also one less thing to wash :)  This crust is great for pizza or my new pizza roll recipe.  There are directions with pictures on the manufacturer's website at: http://www.pizzacrustyeast.com/step.html.

Then I rolled out the pizza dough into a rectangle.  I spread pizza sauce (or spagetti sauce) on the rectangle.  I used Furmano's Pizza Sauce for the first time on this and it was tasty (I had a coupon so I got them super cheap around $0.33 during super doubles).  Make sure you keep it 1/2 inch to 1 inch from the edges.  Cover with mozzarela cheese, then parmesan cheese, ground pepper, (fresh basil if you have it,) and then toppings like sausage and pepperoni (or vegtables if you like the healthy idea).  Spray or drizzle with olive oil.  Take the long edge and pinch the dough in and roll all the way to the end.  Press the edges in so that none of the cheese will escape.  Spray the top of the roll with olive oil.  Sprinkle with red pepper flakes and parmesan cheese and ground pepper.  Make three cuts across the top to let the steam escape.

Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes or until top is browned.  Then cut into slices and serve to the happy family with extra sauce heated for dipping sauce.
Footnote:  I might use garlic butter next time to brush on the top instead of the olive oil and no red pepper flakes.  It was a great taste especially with the red pepper flakes but I know that my mom will not eat it with the red pepper so I guess you will have to adjust based on your family tastes.

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