Pizza Buns

At some point over the Christmas break between baking cookies and pies, I experimented a bit with a new alternate for party appetizers.  While I love to do a cheese or charcuterie board, I also like to serve something warm and freshly baked.  My usual go-to is pretzel bites, but I decided to try something different.  While I was making a pizza dough, I had full intentions of making a pizza out of it later.  But then I thought, “what can I make that tastes like pizza, but isn’t pizza?” Voila, pizza buns were being made.


  • pizza dough (store bought, or my favourite from scratch recipe)
  • thinly sliced pepperoni, as needed
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • dash of sea salt
  • Marinara or your favourite tomato sauce


Preheat oven to 400F

On a bread board, roll out your dough into a rectangular shape, ensuring it is of an even thickness all around (about a 1/4 of an inch)

Spread almost all of the mozzarella around the dough and then place pepperoni on top.

Roll the dough length wise, sealing the seam at the end

Cut into even slices, should get 8-10 buns from this recipe

Place buns on to foil lined tray and sprinkle remaining mozzarella onto the tops.  Also hit them with a dash of sea salt

Bake for 14-16 minutes until the cheese is bubbling and the dough is golden brown.

Let buns cool for 5 minutes and then arrange around a bowl of marinara sauce, for dipping. (on a side note, this Trader Joe’s Marinara is SO GOOD and i strongly suggest smuggling some back with you after your next trip to the US.)

Have already thought of a few variations on this instead of plain ole’ pepperoni and cheese.  Prosciutto and peppers?  Hot genoa salami with arugula? Go with whatever your tastebuds desire…

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