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.

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

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)
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Spread almost all of the mozzarella around the dough and then place pepperoni on top.
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Roll the dough length wise, sealing the seam at the end
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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
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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.)
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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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