Sunday, January 29, 2012

Dinner & A Movie - Easy Mini Stromboli! (pizza rolls)

Mini pizza roll-ups (or for those of you proper Italians – Easy Weeknight Stromboli!)

This is probably one of the easiest recipes EVER.  And super quick – the waiting for it to cook is the longest wait ever b/c it smells SOOOOOO good.  This a great recipe for one or two people (if it's just for one – you can make two and stick one in the freezer for an even quicker weeknight meal).  If you have more peeps you may need to get a whole pizza crust and just make a ginormous one.

Here's how it goes...

  • 1 can of reduced fat crescent rolls – divided into two equal parts
  • 1/4C tomato sauce (or pesto if you like instead)
  • 2T shredded cheese
  • any added stuffers you want like pepperoni, spinach, shredded chicken, etc.  Whatever you would top your favorite pizza with.
  • 1/4C Olive oil
  • grated parmesan

tools to use:
  • best to cook on a pizza stone if you have it otherwise a non-stick cookie sheet preferably lined with parchment paper
  • clean empty wine bottle (explanation below – they ain't just for candles anymore)

preheat the oven according to the directions on the crescent rolls.

Wad up half of the crescent rolls into a ball.  Then pat into a pan cake and put on a lightly floured cutting board (or use cornmeal).  I use a wine bottle as a rolling pin – way less stickiness.  I have tried wooden and marble rolling pins yes from Williams Sonoma – WASTE OF MONEY.  Get you a good bottle of wine, enjoy it.  Then soak the label off, wash it good and you have a rolling pin/meat tenderizer for nearly nothing.  Trust me – this works GREAT.  Anyway – roll your dough out thin as you can and transfer to your pizza stone (or non-stick cookie sheet with parchment paper on it).  Repeat with the other little ball of dough.

Then put about 1 ½ T of tomato sauce (you can use meat sauce or maybe pesto – whatever floats your boat or that you have in the house) schmeer it around.  Then put your toppings of choice on (i.e = pepperoni, chicken, spinach, brocoli, olives, peppers, whatever floats your boat.).  Then sprinkle 1T of shredded mozzarella cheese (I use an Italian mix shredded cheese so I get a bigger flavor).  Then once you are done with your concoction, roll it up like a burrito and secure it with wooden toothpicks.  Brush the top with olive oil and sprinkle grated parmesan cheese on top.

Cook it according to the directions on the crescent roll package.  Add a romain and tomato salad on the side to round out the meal.

Wine pairing: Chianti or a Sangiovese

Movie pairing: Moonstruck or Godfather part 1

other uses – cut into bite sized slices and serve as appetizers.

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