Homemade Pizza Rolls

Did you ever eat those frozen pizza rolls as a kid?

I’ll be the first to admit I hated anything with spaghetti sauce as a kid (I was a total freak, I know). But a couple years back, when I was still in full-blown vegetarian mode and my family went on a vacation to Florida, my mom bought me some frozen pizza rolls to eat for lunch. I fell in love with them! And pretty much anything with spaghetti sauce is my BFF now that I’m in my twenties.

Anyway, I had some leftover pizza dough in my freezer from Thanksgiving this year (you can read that post here), so this weekend I decided to whip up some homemade pizza rolls to freeze. I figured I could pull them out of the freezer some night when I’m desperate for something fast. They turned out really good (although not very pretty, so don’t judge them by the way they look).

Homemade Pizza Rolls

First, I prepped my ingredients. I used 1 leaf of kale, and grated a little mozzarella and parmesan cheese to put inside with my spaghetti sauce.


Next, I cut my dough into little pieces.


I rolled the dough up into little balls, flattened them into circular shapes, and filled them with spaghetti sauce, kale, and cheese.


I folded them up like little burritos, and popped them in the oven (preheat 400 F, cook for 15-20 mins until they start to brown).


Like I said, they aren’t pretty. But they sure taste good! I can’t wait to eat them all up.

You could personalize these with any ingredients that you wanted, pepperoni, mushrooms, etc. Just don’t fill them too full, or you won’t be able to close them!



Personal Pizza Party

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday!

Since I wasn’t able to go home for Thanksgiving this year, I invited a couple of my friends over (they also were stuck in Pittsburgh for the holiday). None of us are big turkey eaters, and rather than spending a lot of time and money preparing a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for the three of us, I decided to have a “Make-Your-Own Pizza Bar.”

It was a really fun time! I prepped the dough to rise before my friends came over, and when they arrived each of us formed our little pizzas. One of my friends made her pizza into a little rectangle, which I thought was pretty clever! We baked the dough for a few minutes before adding sauce + toppings, and popped them back in the oven to bake while we watched all of the “Friends” Thanksgiving episodes.

Here’s the set-up:


We had marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, green peppers, mushrooms, ham slices, canned pineapple, and turkey pepperoni on the table, and it worked out great because everybody could take as much (or as little!) of any ingredients that they wanted. I appreciate that, being lactose intolerant, because I can sprinkle less cheese on and not disappoint my fellow dinner-mates.


Our pretty little pizzas, all lined up in a row, ready to bake!

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My pizza, before and after baking (sorry the after shot is so dark, we got really hungry and I almost forgot to take a picture before demolishing it!).

If you’re having a little dinner party and aren’t sure what to make, I would recommend having a little personal pizza party! The setup is really easy, and everyone can personalize their own meal. Invite guests to bring their own toppings to share with the rest of the group — you might get some pretty fun combinations that you hadn’t expected!

Lastly, a little personal note: this week has been a really tough week for me. As a grad student, we get 3 days off from school for Thanksgiving break, and almost everyone in my class went home to spend the time off with family. I’ve been struggling with being homesick for a while, and it’s been pretty hard scrolling through my Facebook feed seeing so many people home with their families. I’m not going to lie to you, I had a couple several meltdowns this week. I’ve felt myself getting a little bit jealous and upset that everyone else was at home, while I was stuck in PA. It’s been an emotionally taxing week. But having my friends over for Thanksgiving was a really nice way to distract myself and have some fun, and I’m so glad that I had them to spend the holiday with. I’m counting down the days until I’m back in Colorado for winter break – only 16 days to go!