Pizza Roll Recipe

pizza roll recipe

I wanted to make pizza rolls, like the things you buy frozen — little bite-sized pockets of dairy fat and shortening surrounding a tiny cube of “pepperoni” — but quickly realized that I don’t have the patience for making 100 bite-sized pizza pockets and if I don’t have the patience for that, who does?! (That is a joke because I am very impatient, especially with myself, and practically anyone else in the world probably has more patience than me when it comes to making bite-size pizza rolls.) So, selfishly for me and hopefully okay by you, I instead made a pizza roll (singular) which is like a pizza that you roll up into a log, then bake and slice. WAY faster than actual pizza rolls and as happenstance should have it, I think these spiralized pizza slices look quite a bit more dignified than their frozen Totino’s counterparts.

You’ll need some pizza dough for this (DUH) which you can purchase frozen from the store, fresh from some local pizza joints, or make your own homemade pizza dough like I did. You will need 12-16 ounces of dough. Usually it is sold by the pound, but if you make your own according to my recipe in the link above, you may want to halve the recipe and in that case you will end up with about 24 ounces of dough, which will make two 12-ounce portions and therefore two pizza rolls. A whole pound of dough will make one slightly larger pizza roll.

Obviously this pizza roll recipe below is a guideline, only for shaping and baking purposes. You may fill your pizza roll with whatever your heart desires, but not more than about 2 cups total of filling or you will probably explode your roll. Also avoid overly wet fillings like tomato sauce, fresh tomatoes, or fresh mozzarella. They gum up the insides of the roll and you end up with a soggy center.

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Pizza Roll
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Serves: 3-4
  • 12-16 ounces pizza dough
  • Flour for rolling
  • 1 teaspoon Italian herbs
  • 3-4 ounces provolone cheese
  • 2 ounces sliced pepperoni, salami, proscuitto, etc.
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms, baby spinach leaves, olives, peppers, etc.
  • 1 cup marinara or pizza sauce for dipping
  1. Set your oven to 400ºF and get out a baking sheet.
  2. On a floured board or counter, roll your dough out to a rectangle about 12x8" (or 14x8" for one pound of dough) with the long side facing you.
  3. Sprinkle evenly with the herbs
  4. Arrange cheese, meat, and vegetables down the center of the rectangle, leaving about 2" along each long side uncovered.
  5. Roll up lengthwise, pinch the seam shut, and set onto baking sheet, seam down.
  6. Bake about 25 minutes until golden brown all over.
  7. Allow to cool 5 minutes on the sheet, then transfer to a cutting board and cut into 1" slices.
  8. Serve with warmed sauce for dipping.

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  1. Stromboli?

    • Ooh, is it?? That’s embarrassing if it is. I thought a stromboli was more like a calzone, but bigger. No?
      You would probably know better than I, living up near the New York City and all the best pizza joints.

      • A calzone typically has ricotta cheese in it as well, while a stromboli is basically a pizza folded in half and sealed (with the sauce served on the side of course). Pizza roll is essentially a stromboli that is rolled instead of folded. In highschool, we used to get em at our local joint which dubbed them DoughBoys. Amazing. I miss those things… I could never recreate them…

  2. Great Stone Face says:

    The pizza in the DC area is mediocre. Our #3 son, however, introduced us to Grimaldi’s under the Brooklyn Bridge in NYC and that was outstanding. Whatever you call your pizza roll, it looks great. I’ll have to add it to our potluck repertoire!

  3. OMG YES.

  4. i lv ur stye

  5. Hello Hilya. I am going to make this for a party, and I have a couple of questions. You mentioned that I should avoid sauce on the dough as it will impede the cooking process. Should avoid wet fillings too? I was thinking about pineapple, or maybe even tomatoes.

    I really like the no-sauce idea. That way folks can dip it in either a marinara sauce or an Alfredo sauce.

    • Hi Steve! I think pineapple would be fine, maybe pat the juice off on a towel. Tomatoes might be fine, too, especially the dryer “winter” tomatoes that are out now. I would hesitate to use a really juicy summer tomato.
      Love the idea of offering a couple dip options!

  6. Amber Boegly says:

    This looks really good! I’m gonna have to make this the next time I have friends over. It’s a perfect game night dish!

  7. Bob Johnston says:

    Pretty cool. I live in a small town in Vietnam, my wife and I own and operate a small American Cafe there (the only one), it’s a pizza, burger, fish & chips joint. I also do a monthly cooking program on the local channel showing how to make more popular western dishes. Nothing fancy.

    It’s kinda weird because I got the bug to introduce a pizza roll last week then, just cruising Google today, tripped across you! The only difference in ours is that I use fresh garlic, Basil and chopped onions and tomatoes in ours along with Mozzarella and some Ricotta cheese. The top gets a dose of egg wash and a dusting of salt before baking.

    I’ve got 4, 12 inchers made up and we’re sampling in the cafe tonight…we’ll see what happens!!

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