Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Pizza Roll

I've been kinda tired of regular pizza lately and when I came upon this recipe on one of the many blogs I follow I knew I had to try it.  I baked one for Jon's surprise party and it came out great except that I didn't seal the edges on the roll so everything kinda spewed out.

I know, I know it really doesn't look very good!

Saturday night I thought I'd give it another try and it turned out a bit better.  I also switched up the filling a bit.  Once again it was a big hit!  We finished off the whole roll and poor Jojo kept asking for more.

I wish I could give the proper credit on the recipe but here it is anyway:

Pizza Roll Up
1 package of dry active yeast
1 cup warm water
Pinch of sugar

1 1/4 tsp. salt

3 1/2 cups flour
1 T olive oil

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup coarsely chopped baby spinach

1 cup sliced mushrooms

Roasted peppers

Chopped red onion

Fresh basil

1 T  olive oil

Salt & Pepper

1 egg-for the egg wash
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Dissolve the yeast in warm water, sprinkle with pinch of sugar. Let stand for five minutes.
2. Combine flour and salt in large mixing bowl. (We do this in our Kitchenaid.) Pour half of the yeast water into your bowl and add in olive oil. Mix briefly. Add the rest of the yeast mixture. Mix until combined and switch to your dough hook. Let the machine knead the dough for about 10 minutes. Take the dough ball out and make sure it is smooth and not sticky!

3. Place the dough in an oiled bowl. Turn it over to oil both sides. Cover the bowl with a damp cloth/towel. Let rise for about 45 minutes or until doubled in bulk.

4. Divide the dough in half. You can freeze one if you want.
5. Roll our the dough on a lightly floured surface. It should be a 12-14 inch circle, about ¼ inch thick.
6. Sprinkle 1/2 of the mozzarella over the dough. Arrange the spinach over the cheese in a single layer. Sprinkle with the mushrooms, peppers, onions, basil, and then top with the remaining cheese.

7. Roll the dough into a thin cylinder, gently tucking in the ends. Brush the entire roll with the olive oil & season with the salt & pepper. We also brushed it with an egg wash to help the browning process.

8. Place the dough, seam-side down, on the baking sheet & bake for 25 minutes until the top is golden brown.

9. Cool the roll for 5 minutes, then use a serrated knife to cut it into 3/4-inch slices


Melissa said...

that looks amazing!!

Holly said...

This was great - we loved it!