Movie night, game night, any night; everyone is going to love these EASY SKILLET PIZZA ROLLS!
Let me just say, you are going to love this! It’s an idea so perfect on so many levels I almost don’t know where to begin. How about this; imagine what happens when these ULTIMATE GOOEY CINNAMON BUNS meet our PIZZA PARTY IDEAS! I know, now you’re like “What”? But read on, because this recipe for EASY SKILLET PIZZA ROLLS will change the way you look (and enjoy) homemade pizza night.
Before I go through this simple step-by-step guide on making them, here are a few bullet points on why this recipe works:
QUICK – From start to finish, this hugely popular meal is ready in under an hour.
EASY – No fancy ingredient preparation is required.
FUN – Get the kids involved in making this recipe.
TASTY – It is pizza after all, so rest assured, it’s delish.
So, what are we waiting for? Let’s make EASY SKILLET PIZZA ROLLS!
From the outset, we promised to keep this simple. In our minds, we envision you using store-bought pizza dough, although homemade pizza dough works well too. Then it’s as easy as opening a can of sauce, picking up a package of sliced pepperoni, and adding cheese. This recipe also invites you to make it your own. Try using bacon, ham, sausage, and vegetables, as well as a variety of cheese, olives, mushrooms, and sauces. The sky is the limit!
TWO KINDS OF CHEESE
When you watch the VIDEO created for this recipe, you’ll notice how I grate the mozzarella and Parmesan. I always have chunks of these two favourites on hand; I eat them a lot. But by all means, if you’re the type to use packaged shredded cheese, have at it. My only request is that you make the recipe the first time with Parmesan and mozzarella – a classic flavour combo. After that, start experimenting. Every type and combination of cheese will work.
Remember how I said this is an easy recipe? Basically, you’ll be crafting an extra-large pizza about the size of a baking sheet. The instructions are completely straightforward; roll out the dough, add sauce, toppings, and cheese. Seriously, it’s exceptionally easy.
Here’s where the reference to our ULTIMATE GOOEY CINNAMON BUNS comes in. Don’t worry, we won’t be adding cinnamon, melted butter, or brown sugar, but we will have you roll up the sheet of pizza similar to the way we made those legendary buns. Remember to go slow, the goal being to tuck all of the pizza toppings into the roll before cutting it into 8 1½-inch slices.
I decided to bake the pizza pinwheels in a heavy CAST IRON SKILLET because I love how this essential cooking utensil performs. Just like with our SKILLET CORNBREAD, a skillet cooks the pizza rolls evenly. One important mention is to allow the recommended 30 minutes for the rolls to proof before transferring them to the oven for the first bake.
The baking of these EASY SKILLET PIZZA ROLLS happens in two stages. In the first bake, the rolls swell up and bulge in the skillet, and the tops get beautifully golden brown. Oh, and another thing, those using pepperoni will notice it getting all crispy while the cheese starts bubbling up and melting. Honestly, you can’t make this up!
TOP IT OFF
OK, I’ll admit it, the second baking step happened completely by accident. There I was checking on the pizza rolls after 20 minutes and instantly thought “more cheese!”. But then I remembered the cinnamon buns and thought, “you brushed those with sugared melted butter”. For this application, how about a swipe of garlic-flavoured butter and a sprinkle of more Parmesan and Mozzarella. It’s all quite fab!
Let me just say, these pizza rolls love our CLASSIC CAESAR SALAD and this BLT SALAD. Of course, you can also serve pizza prepared this way as is. Whether serving it as a snack or as a meal, expect lots of compliments and requests for more.
EASY SKILLET PIZZA ROLLS are a very special treat! Enjoy!