Once my friend Erika Kerekes (In Erika’s Kitchen) opened my mind to using pizza dough for tasty appetizers my creative juices went nuts. My father’s pizza dough recipe, posted recently on this blog, works perfectly for this, but I won’t tell anyone if you buy pizza dough instead. This is a great kid project, and makes a tasty appetizer or simple side dish for a weeknight dinner.
Parmesan Pizza Rolls (4-6 appetizer size servings)
Follow the instructions for making Pizza Dough posted recently on this blog, or purchase pizza dough. This recipe is based on the amount of dough needed for one pizza.
- ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped chives or green onions
- ¼ cup unsalted butter (½ stick), at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon crunchy salt (Kosher salt will work)
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
Leave the pizza dough in the fridge until you are completely, totally and absolutely ready to roll it out. It becomes much more difficult to manage the warmer it gets. In fact, if it is too warm it will be like trying to roll out drippy Jello. It will be a misery, let me tell you. Put the cold pizza dough on a floured work surface. Roll it out into an approximately 15×11-inch rectangle. Using a basting brush or a small spatula, spread the butter over the dough, leaving a ½-inch border. Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese evenly over the butter (any interested small child can do this and will love it). Starting with one of the long sides, roll the dough into a log, pinching gently to keep it rolled up. With seam side down, cut dough crosswise with thin sharp knife into equal slices (each about 1/2 to 3/4 inch wide). I find that this is easier with a serrated knife.
Spray a 9-inch square baking dish with nonstick spray. Place rolls in the baking dish, there will be almost no space between rolls. Sprinkle the crunchy salt over the top of the rolls.
Bake the pizza rolls until the tops are golden, about 20 minutes. Do not overbake or the rolls will be hard and they’ll work best as hockey pucks rather than as items for human consumption. Remove from oven and serve immediately. Much like pizza, these aren’t nearly as good later as they are moments after pulling from the oven. Do not be patient. Do not exercise restraint. Go after them immediately and do not stop until they are GONE.