In keeping with the theme of all things tailgating, we need to address the issue of using frozen snacks for your parking lot party. I know it’s easy to head to the freezer section and grab that bag of pizza rolls, but honestly, you’re only hurting yourself. There are so many chemicals, preservatives, and crap thrown in those tiny pockets (not to mention the astounding amount of calories) that it would behoove you to learn how to make these lil bitches yourself.
We went through like 15 recipes and finally settled on one from The Kitchn. We adapted because we didn’t want meat or double the sodium.
Ingredients – makes 16 pizza rolls:
– 1 ball of pizza dough – go to your local pizza joint and demand they give you some
– 1 cup no salt added tomato sauce
– 2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella
– Olive oil
– Kosher salt
First, make sure all of your ingredients are at room temperature because they’ll fucking cook better. Preheat your oven to 500F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside. In a biggish bowl, combine the tomato sauce and cheese, stirring until totally mixed together.
Grab the pizza dough and cut it into pieces about the size of a tennis ball. On a floured surface, roll each out into a long rectangle until it’s about 4 inches wide and ¼ inch thick. Drop about a teaspoon of filling down one side of the dough, until you have several little dollops – leave about an inch between and don’t go right up to the edge. Fold the dough over the mounds and press between the filling (hence why we left that inch of space, fucking duh).
Using a super sharp knife, now cut each pizza bite apart from the next. Pinch each one closed without destroying it, then brush all over with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.
Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the tops are golden. Cool and serve. You’re the belle of the tailgate.