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Pepperoni Pizza Rolls

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Why I Love This Recipe

A chilling droplet of water from the swimming pool splashed on my thigh as I woke up from a light, relaxing nap on the large pool float. Walking inside wrapped in a towel, I was told by my Aunt, Lynne, that my stomach wouldn't go five minutes without “growling”. Almost every night my family & I went out to dinner at a restaurant. But, there was one night where no one wanted to go out to eat. So instead, we stayed home and did something of our own.

My aunt and I were looking everywhere around the kitchen to find something to eat. We were desperate to find something. It took forever, we really felt like there was nothing to eat.

Later, my uncle came home from Stop and Shop after 2 hours of grocery shopping. When we were unloading all the groceries into the refrigerator, we noticed six rolls of Pillsbury Crescent dough and a large container of tomato sauce. Stored all the way in the back of the fridge, was 3 huge bags of shredded mozzarella cheese and, a small bag of pepperoni. All of a sudden, my cousin screamed, “I have the perfect idea!” She then pulled me aside and whispered, “We should make mini pizza rolls. We have all the right ingredients for it, so why not try it?” I thought it was the greatest idea because we were all starving by that point.

I exclaimed to her, “That sounds really good! How do you make them, though?” I guess she’s made pizza rolls before, because she knew the directions like she knew the back of her hand.

Soon enough, my whole family was participating. Eleven of us in the kitchen were working as a team to make our dinner. In less than ten minutes, everyone and every thing was covered in sauce! We were all having so much fun rolling up the sauce, cheese, and pepperoni inside the dough. Eventually, when everyone made the amount of rolls they were going to eat, my cousins and I put all of them on the tray and preheated the oven. When it was finally hot enough, I put the trays in for about 10 minutes.

It seemed like forever before the oven finally beeped, to let us know that dinner was done. Finally, after five minutes of cooling, everyone came to the counter and grabbed their servings. My whole families’ faces lit up as they took the first bite.

I felt very proud of myself and my cousin for coming up with such a great idea. I won’t ever forget the night that my whole family worked together to made a very delightful but easy dinner. It was a really great experience for me.

Submitted by: "Jenny J."

Ingredients You'll Need

- Refrigerated pizza dough

- Sliced and chopped pepperoni

- Shredded Mozzarella cheese

- Marinara sauce for dipping


Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out each one-two inch piece of pizza dough.

Top each crust with a small amount of chopped pepperoni.

Then, sprinkle shredded Mozzarella onto each crust.

Roll up each crust into a tight log.

Slice into 1" sections and place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

Serve with marinara sauce for dipping.


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