Galganov's Free and Easy Recipe for Pizza Roll!

To make this Pizza Roll recipe you will need:

  • a knife
  • a cutting board
  • a cookie sheet or pizza stone
  • a grater (if your cheese isn't pre-grated)
  • If using a cooke sheet you may wish to line it with parchment paper

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Some suggested ingredients for fillings for this Pizza Roll recipe are:

  • *required your favourite, store bought, unformed dough, or your choice of Homemade Pizza Dough
  • tomato/pizza sauce
  • fresh basil
  • pine nuts
  • a few black olives
  • your favorite pizza meat (thinly sliced)
  • mushroom slices
  • sweet peppers
  • grated mozzarella
  • grated parmesan
  • others of your favourite toppings

Method:

  1. Firmer toppings (such as bell pepper should be cut in strips rather than cubes or squares. Remember; Everything must roll in without piercing the dough.
  2. Preheat your oven to 405°F (205°C). If you're using a pizza stone, make sure you put it (on the lowest shelf) into a cold oven. (Never put a cold stone into a hot oven - it will crack.)
  3. Using a rolling pin, form the crust as a rectangle (or square) so it can be rolled up evenly. Minimum size should be about 7" (18 cm) x 10" (25 cm) - 1/4" (5 mm) thick.
  4. Spread sauce on your crust leaving a dry edge (of about 1" [2 cm]) along the length, and (about 1/2" [1 cm]) along the short sides. (You need these to seal the roll up.)
  5. Sprinkle any herbs or other seasonings over the surface.
  6. Spread a thin layer of shredded mozzarella evenly accross the surface.
  7. Sprinkle some grated parmesan on top of that.
  8. Scatter olive pieces around the top.
      ***Don't over-dress
       this variation. It's
       not the same fun
       if it's too soggy to
       enjoy by hand***
  9. Roll carefully into a long roll stopping just short of rolling up dry end.
  10. Pull the dry end up and pinch, tightly, to the dough.  If needed, use Warm Water to lightly dampen a thin strip along the end to help the dough stick as you pinch the seam closed.
  11. Carefully pinch the ends as well.
  12. Place your Pizza Roll - seam up - on the hot pizza stone (or on a cookie sheet and into the hot oven).
  13. Bake until the dough is dry and a bit crispy. The seam may break open and that's okay.  Tap the exposed dough to see if it is "toasting".  Too baked yields a crust that could be hard on the gums.


Pizza Tip: A little olive oil spread over the face of the dougn before dressing is very nice and will help protect the dough, a little, from getting soggy from the sauce.
We like to use strained tomato with herbs added after the sauce is applied to the surface.  It brings a nice, fresh taste.

The Background Story
Pizza Roll

Since we started making our own crusts, the entire pizza adventure has changed ... from toppings to presentation.  The covered pizza is certainly a favourite around here.

We've all rolled up a small pizza (and some of us, larger than plate-size) and just eaten it.  Well, this Pizza Roll delivers just that (the rolled up pizza) but less mess.

The Pizza Roll (also known, sometimes, as a Pizza Roll Up or Stromboli) is, simply, pizza - rolled and then baked.  One may dress it with one's favourite pizza toppings.  Bake it seam side up (since the seam will likely pop and that, at least, keeps the juices in the roll.

This pizza meal bakes, as with most pizzas, directly on a stone (or on a pan) on the bottom shelf of the oven ... but I like to bake it at a slightly lower heat ... just to give the insides time to heat and cook before the outside gets too crispy.

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