Genius. I mean, basically these are like cinnamon rolls, except made out of pizza. Pure. Genius.
Let’s be clear, I’m not calling myself a genius. I certainly didn’t think of this idea. Pizza rolls have existed for a long long time apparently. I’m just wondering why I didn’t do it sooner?
These rolls are nothing but a few simple ingredients, rolled into greatness. I love how it takes a classic dish like pizza, and turns it into something a little more special, and different.
Isn’t that what the holidays are all about? Making things a little more special?
Well, here you have it! Dig in!
- 1 pound whole wheat pizza dough
- All-purpose flour (for rolling out dough)
- 1 cup pizza sauce
- 3 tablespoons pesto
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish
- Olive oil
- Torn basil for garnish
- 1) Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- 2) Roll out pizza dough into a rectangular shape, about 9 x 16 inches, using a little flour to help if sticking. Spread the pizza sauce onto the rolled out dough. Leave about a 1 inch border. Spread the pesto on top and sprinkle with mozzarella and parmesan evenly.
- 3) Lift up the bottom edge of the dough and carefully roll it forward into a tight cylinder. Place the roll seam side down, and using a sharp knife, cut the roll crosswise into 10-12 equal-size slices.
- 4) Place the slices, cut sides up on the parchment lined baking sheet. Brush 1 tablespoon olive oil onto the edges of the dough and bake until golden brown about 15-20 minutes.
- 5) Once the cheese has melted and the dough is browned, remove and sprinkle with a little parmesan and garnish with torn basil leaves. Serve immediately.