Individual homemade pizzas and pizza rolls couldn’t get any easier than this. Seriously.
And you know how kids love to eat something they helped make? And how proud they are of themselves for making their own meals? This allows them to totally get creative! And I love it!
All you need are frozen dinner rolls, a jar of sauce, shredded mozzarella cheese and toppings of your choice.
We use Rhodes frozen dinner rolls, and since I wasn’t in a rush, followed the traditional thaw method.
At the start of the mid-afternoon football game on Sunday, I set out 8 frozen rolls on a baking sheet sprayed with Pam cooking spray.
Let them rise, covered loosely with plastic wrap, for 3 hours, or the duration of the football game.
So there I was thinking to myself, “plastic wrap coated in cooking spray”…yeah, right. I’m not risking that mess. I could just picture me trying to catch a flimsy piece of plastic wrap with cooking spray and missing only to cover the entire kitchen and probably blast myself in the eyeballs.
Just spray the frozen dough then cover with the plastic wrap. Logical, right? My eyes are thanking me.
At the end of the football game, but before the Sunday Night Football main event, gather up your kiddos and your toppings. You can have these babies in the oven and on the table before the game starts, I promise.
Give each kiddo a ball of dough to either roll out with a rolling pin ~ this step isn’t actually necessary, it’s just fun. The dough is stretchy enough I was able to use my hands and get a small 4-6 inch diameter circle.
The floured surface isn’t necessary either, but they like to feel like professional bakers.
Let them decide what toppings to add. My kiddos are thinkers. They started thinking on this well before I handed them their dough.
Some might call this perfectionist in the making.
Aiden likes just pepperoni and cheese but wanted to try some Italian sausage. Brave boy!
Drew ate his pepperoni faster than Joel could get them on there (see in his mouth there?!) so we supplemented with sausage too.
Joel went for a pizza roll/mini calzone of pepperoni, sausage and cheese and I decided to stuff mine with leftover spinach artichoke dip and Italian sausage.
If you’re making rolls, just roll them onto themselves so the seal ends up on the bottom.
I use the same baking sheet we started this whole process on without having to add more cooking spray. Saved on calories and saved on dish washing time.
You could certainly use olive oil straight up if you preferred.
Bake for 10-12 minutes in a 375° preheated oven or until slightly browned and the cheese has melted.
We served these up with a side of Caesar salad and had these amazing whoopee pies for dessert. If it was a school night I probably would’ve given them each an apple for dessert. But I felt like spoiling them last night.
And Joel needed a fruit and veggie break; he bravely downed a 16oz glass of freshly juiced kale, beets, apples, cucumber and celery about 20 minutes before the whole pizza process. And you know boys can only take so much health food in one sitting.
Aiden ate his whole pizza, a bowl of salad and half of my spinach roll. Drew only got through a quarter of his because he ate so much in preperation and he forgot to pace himself.
I won’t say who ate the rest of the 6 servings but there was only 1 left over. Might have been me…or Joel…probably was me.
Make your own pizza night was a success, I would say!
What toppings do you all prefer? Don’t tell me ~ it will just make me hungry again! Ooooh ok, tell me, tell me!!
Your Pizza Monster,
- 8 frozen dinner rolls, thawed (we use Rhodes)
- ½ jar of pizza sauce or your favorite spaghetti sauce
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- Toppings - your choice: pepperoni, Italian sausage, sliced olives, onions, mushrooms, bell peppers, Canadian bacon, pineapple, etc...
- Thaw frozen rolls according to package directions, using a baking sheet, placing them about 2 inches apart.
- Once dough has doubled in size, preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Use your hands or a rolling pin to roll out/stretch the dough to 5-6 inches in diameter.
- Top with sauce, your toppings and cheese
- If you're making rolls, grab dough from one side and use your fingers to tuck toppings to the center and roll dough up onto itself. Place these seam side down.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned and cheese is melted.