Monday, September 17, 2012

Pizza Rolls = delicious balls of goodness

My sister sent me this idea and they're delicious and a smash hit.  Our best bites stuffed pizza rolls...your family should definitely try them.  They are a teensy bit of preparation - nothing hard, nothing dramatic, but you do need to cut little squares and lay everything out.  My goal (unaccomplished thusfar) is to make quite a few of these lil' darlings and freeze them for rainy days (otherwise known as days when mama really needs something easy).

You'll need:
Refrigerated pizza dough (such as Pillsbury)
Pizza toppings I used: canadian bacon, pineapple chunks, grated mozzerella cheese
store bought marinara
olive oil for the tops
garlic bread seasoning (below)

Just roll your dough out of the can and cut it into little squares.  Place your ingredients in the center of your square and then pull corner seams together.  Place your lovelies seam side down in a small square or round dish. You want them to be touching and close to each other.  Brush the tops with olive oil and then sprinkle with garlic bread seasoning. Check your dough for baking times, but I was successful with 400 for 15-20 minutes.  Keep an eye on them, just in case.

I also have a theory that these might be good for company.  Hmmm, you'd have to make quite a few, but it seems that kids of all ages might enjoy. 

The garlic bread seasoning from Our Best Bites is so good.  I keep a jar of it and add the parmesan cheese when I'm using it.

Garlic Bread Seasoning from Our Best Bites
1/2 c. powdered Parmesan cheese (reserve this if you are making it in a jar)
2 tsp. Kosher salt
2 Tbsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. oregano
2 tsp. basil
2 tsp. marjoram
2 tsp. parsley

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Amish Dinner Rolls

I really like reading about the Amish people - their traditions, ways of life, baking methods, etc. I find their recipes to be simple, though sometimes pretty high on the butter/sugar content.  {I take this in stride, uh hum.}  There are great food traditions to be discovered in the Amish people and several good books out there. I got this lovely pan of rolls from the Amish Friends Cookbook by Wanda Brunstetter.

So these rolls are awesome.  They have a great, hard crust on the outside and the insides are so soft and delicious. I love them and make them for special occasions.  Or for Fridays.  Because they're always special.  They are not  hard to make, but they do take a bit of time; most of it is not hands on - just waiting for the yeast to work its magic.

2 packets dry yeast
3/4 cup warm water
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg beaten
1/2 cup butter, melted
3 to 3.5 cups flour, divided

Preheat oven to 375.
Dissolve yeast in warm water.  Add sugar, salt, egg, butter and 1 cup flour; mix well.
Stir in enough additional flour to make a soft dough and mix well (2 to 2.5 more cups)
Shape dough into ball and grease dough, turning to grease all sides. Cover and let rise until doubled (this step takes about 70 minutes or so).  Punch dough down and shape into balls; put balls into your baking pan.  Let balls rise for 30 minutes or longer.

Bake *8-12 minutes; yields about 12 rolls.

*Note: if your rolls are touching (as mine are), you will need to adjust baking time to 20-25 minutes.
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