homemade pizza roll-ups

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This recipe combines a well-known and familiar meal with a homemade aspect — something that is incredibly important especially when it comes to getting your picky eaters in the kitchen. We recommend letting the kids dive into making their own pizza dough, but of course, feel free to pick up some pre-made dough for a quicker turnaround.

Homemade Pizza Roll-Ups
Makes: about 24 roll-ups
Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients
dough
• 1 ½ cups warm water
• 1 tablespoon honey
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 4 teaspoons instant yeast
• 1 ½ teaspoons salt
• 3 ½ – 4 cups flour

filling
• 2 ½ – 3 cups pizza sauce
• 8 ounces mozzarella cheese, freshly shredded
• 5 ounces pepperoni, chopped
• ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Directions
Preheat oven to 425°F and line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

To make the dough, stir together the water, honey, olive oil, yeast, salt and 1 cup of flour in a large bowl with a wooden spoon (or an electric mixer fitted with the dough hook). Continue adding flour while stirring (or mixing on low), until the dough starts to come together and no longer sticks to the sides of the bowl. It should start to form a soft, smooth ball. At this point, knead for 3-4 minutes with your hands. Cover the bowl, and let rest for 10-15 minutes.

After letting it rest, separate the dough into two pieces. On a lightly floured surface, roll out one portion of the dough into a thin rectangle about 14×10 inches.

Spread ½ – ¾ cup pizza sauce evenly across the top. Sprinkle evenly with half the mozzarella and then half of the chopped pepperoni. Starting on the long side, begin to roll it up, just like making cinnamon rolls. At the end, pinch together the seam to close.

Cut the dough into 1-inch sections with a serrated knife and then place on the prepared baking sheet about an inch apart.

Repeat with the remaining dough.

Once all the rolls are on the baking sheet, sprinkle evenly with parmesan cheese and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden.

Serve with extra pizza sauce for dipping.

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