Monday, September 21, 2009

Pizza Pillows (Homemade Pizza Rolls)

During football season I'm always trying to come up with different finger foods to eat while watching the games and I'll admit it's a challenge to keep them even semi-healthy. One of our all-time favorite junk foods is Totino's pizza rolls and for last Saturday's Buckeye's game I decided to take on the task of making something comparable from scratch, and hopefully healthier.

I've worked with wonton wrappers before when making other appetizers, and I could imagine those working as the "dough" part of the pizza roll. And then I just took our favorite pizza toppings and processed them in the food processor to get them to a manageable size. I stirred in some homemade pizza sauce and some shredded mozzarella cheese. Then I spread a little bit on a wonton wrapper, wet the edges with water, folded it in half and sealed it. This is child's play, I thought to myself.

It was easy, but oh so time consuming! After wrapping about eighteen hundred thousand of these little pizza pillows I had an epiphany of sorts. All pillows are not created equal! There are king-size appetites out there, why not make some king-size pillows! So instead of using one wrapper and folding it over, I used two. From that point on I started picking up speed and managed to get the whole job done in a little over an hour.

As I made the rolls, I placed them on baking sheets covered with wax paper, then froze them on the baking sheets for about an hour. From that point they can be removed from the baking sheet and stored in ziploc freezer bags until needed. You can remove as many as you want and return the rest to the freezer.

Place pizza pillows on a lightly greased baking sheet, spray tops lightly with cooking spray, then bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 10-12 minutes, or until heated through and lightly browned. Serve warm with a cold one... or two. (So much for the healthy part, eh?)

Pizza Pillows (Homemade Pizza Rolls)

1 48-count package of wonton wrappers
6 ounces turkey pepperoni
4 green onions, green part only
1 banana pepper, seeded
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded
1 cup pizza sauce
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Process pepperoni, onion and peppers in food processor. Combine with pizza sauce and cheese. Place one teaspoon of filling on a wonton wrapper. Wet edges with water and seal.

Bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes.


Lady P said...

oh yes - the mini pizza, the mecca of finger foods - so how did you manage to make two at a time, then?

Mags said...

Lady P: I just used a whole wonton for the bottom, doubled up on the filling, then used another whole wrapper for the top, instead of just using one wrapper and folding it over.

stephchows said...

you just made my day so much happier :) I need to thaw out the pack of wonton wrappers in my freezer and make these ASAP!!!

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Yum! These look delicious - I think my hubby would love them. I might have to give them a try next Sunday afternoon!

June said...

Yo..ho..ho! You've sure got my attention - as if you didn't before. I'd say the big guy's gonna' love, love, love these - that's if I save him any. LOL. This is going to be great party food for our next students' bash!

Rosemary & Garlic said...

Don't these just cry Superbowl?? Still waiting for my KA order to make the marbled rye, will need the rueben dip of course. But I may be addicted to the multigrain extraordinaire, on to loaf number two

Gman said...

Alright here's what I like, somebody is looking out for the "larger appetites" why make two when you can make one. Also the recipe for the filling looks great. Have a healthier filling so you can drink more beer. Works for me!

What I don't like is June's comment that I might have to wait until the next student party before she makes them. Seems to me that she should do it as soon as we get off the island.


What A Dish! said...

I LOVE this idea- how cool! I'm going to bookmark this to make for the kids (and the adults) sometime.

Jenn said...

i never would have thought of wonton wrappers. need to put those on the list for this week!

Moogie said...

You supply the pizza rolls and I'll pack the Margarita machine, see ya next weekend.

Lady P said...

if moogie comes with that margerita machine, move over and save some for me!

Snooty Primadona said...

OMG! These look amazing! What a great appetizer for football parties & the like. YUM! You make it seem so easy to make them...

You just have to post a picture of your Cairn mix. It sounds just too hilarious. We had to have our Cairn put down 4 years ago & it broke our hearts. Hubby says we won't be having another dog. sniff, sniff!

However, we still have the cantankerous black & white cat, Trouble. Don't ever name a cat Trouble. Seriously.

Mags said...

Steph: You know I live to make you happy!

Jen: Hubby will love you for making them for him!

June and G-Man: I'm not touching either of your comments with a ten foot pole...LOL! Duke it out amongst yourselves, sweeties.

Rosemary: I second the addiction to the multigrain bread. We just sliced into my loaf for dinner tonight and I absolutely love it!

What a dish: Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

Jenn: Those wonton wrappers are so handy to have around, I think.

Moogie and Lady P: It's a date. Bring your jammies and albums, 8-track cassettes, CD's, and iPods. We'll get snockered and raise a little hell.

Snootie: I feel your pain. When we put ours down it was one of the worst days, weeks, months of my life. You can find pictures of our new little freak-dog if you look for the "Sloopie" label in my side bar.

June said...

OK you - you are brilliant! The big guy bugged me until I made this for our munchie dinner last night and I gotta say, they're just incredible and you are amazing. Delicioso for SURE!!! Thanks Mags - these are so worth the time it takes to put together and real treasures hiding in the freezer for when the munchies hit.

Mags said...

June: I'm so tickled that you guys liked them! Thanks for letting me know.

Anonymous said...

Mine exploded. :( I sealed the edges with water like you said, but six minutes in they were bubbled over. I may try egg whites next time and see how that works.

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