Homestyle Pizza Rolls

Ah, Pizza Rolls! Now there’s a little bite that brings back memories as special as a Sunday quilting bee. You see, back when I was knee-high to a cornstalk, gatherings and potlucks were where these delightful morsels made their first humble appearances in our little community here in the heartland. They’re a perfect example of how old-world cuisine can cozy up to Midwestern simplicity and create something downright comforting.

Some folks might tell you that the pizza itself hails from the vibrant alleys of Naples, but when this Italian classic met the American spirit, it got wrapped up into these darlin’ little rolls. Quick as a hiccup to make and just the thing for when you’ve got the grandkids over, or maybe for the local church fundraiser. After all, who can resist the pull of melted cheese and savory, golden dough?

Now, when you lay these out on a platter, fresh from the oven, I like to pair them with a nice, crisp salad. Something with a bit of sharpness to it, perhaps arugula with a drizzle of homemade vinaigrette. And don’t forget the marinara sauce for dippin’. It’s like the dew on morning clover – can’t have one without t’other.


– 1 package pizza dough
– 1 cup of your favorite pizza sauce (plus extra for dipping)
– 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
– 1/2 cup pepperoni slices, finely chopped
– 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
– 2 tablespoons melted butter
– A pinch of garlic powder
– Additional toppings as desired (mushroom, bell peppers, onions, etc.), finely chopped
– Cornmeal or flour, for dusting


Begin by preheating your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit, and lightly grease a baking sheet or sprinkle it with a whisper of cornmeal or flour.

2. Roll out the pizza dough on a lightly floured surface until it’s about 1/4 inch thick. If nostalgia hits you and you find yourself puffing a little flour off your hands like a snowfall, you’re doing it right.

3. Spread the pizza sauce over the dough, leaving a small border around the edges to prevent a mess.

4. Sprinkle the shredded mozzarella evenly over the sauce and add the chopped pepperoni, along with any other toppings your heart fancies.

5. Carefully roll the dough into a log, starting from the long side. It should remind you of rolling up a homespun jelly roll.

6. Slice the log into 1-inch sections, and place each roll cut side down on the prepared baking sheet. Give them a pat, like wishing a well-loved quilt into its final place.

7. Mix the melted butter with a pinch of garlic powder and Italian seasoning—brush this mixture over the rolls for that glaze as golden as autumn in the Midwest.

8. Bake in the preheated oven for about 15-20 minutes, until they’ve puffed up and blushed to a beautiful golden brown.

Variations & Tips:

Now, for an extra twist, you can swap out that pepperoni for cooked sausage, or throw in a handful of diced green peppers and onions for a bit of crunch and bite. And if you have a hankering for a bit of adventure, a sprinkle of crushed red pepper inside those rolls will add a kick hotter than a mid-July afternoon.

One thing my years of cookin’ have taught me is that the best tool in your kitchen is a dash of creativity, so don’t be afraid to play with flavors and fillings. Wrap these rolls up with love, and there you have it, a delicious morsel that’s sure to gather folks around the table quicker than a call to supper. Happy baking, darlings.

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