Pizza night is one of those really fun nights we love to celebrate! Often times, we typically have it on Friday night, as a way to jump-start into the weekend. A simple meal, typically followed with games and a movie is something we all look forward to after a busy week of school and activities. I hope you do too! I think this recipe is wonderful because it involves frozen rolls for the pizza bites, which makes it ultra simple. If you have homemade dough sitting around waiting to be used, that would also work just as well, too.
I use Rhodes Rolls (dinner rolls or Texas rolls). They can be found at the frozen section of the grocery store. I let them thaw out for a few hours first by following the directions on the back of the bag. Then, they can be easily rolled out into small rectangles. Add in your favorite ingredients – such as pepperoni and cheese. Pinch the ends together tightly to make a ball and place back in the pie or cake pan. Next, after melting the garlic butter on the stove top, drizzle on top of the bites (and make sure to reserve some for later). Pop them in the oven and enjoy with warm marinara sauce.
Simple. Easy. Fun. Great for a Friday night. Enjoy!
- 12 frozen rolls or 1 1lb. pizza dough
- 1 c. mozzarella cheese
- 24 pepperoni slices, quartered
- 4 T. unsalted butter
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- ¼ t. dried basil
- ⅛ t. dried oregano
- ¼ t. dried parsley
- pinch of salt
- crushed red pepper (if desired)
- 4 T. grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 c. pizza sauce or marinara sauce (for serving)
- Allow frozen rolls to come to room temperature by following instructions on bag.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a 9 inch round baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll the rolls out into small rectangles. Place about 2 teaspoons of shredded mozzarella cheese on each rectangle. Top with pepperoni slices.
- Carefully take the ends of the rectangle and roll them around the toppings, pinching the ends to make a ball. Place the balls in the prepared pie pan.
- In a small saucepan, melt the butter and cook the garlic for 1-2 minutes over the medium-low heat. Remove from heat and stir in dried basil, oregano, parsley, and a pinch of salt. Brush the rolls with the garlic butter, reserving half of the mixture for later.
- Bake for 15 minutes or until tops are golden. Remove pan from oven and brush with more garlic butter. Sprinkle rolls with Parmesan cheese.
- Serve the rolls warm with pizza sauce or marinara sauce.
Need a homemade marinara recipe? Here’s a great one!