Monday, March 12, 2012

Pepperoni Pizza Ring


Delicious? Check. Easy? Check. Fun to make? Check.  Such a simple and fun snack or meal, yet it looks a lot more difficult.  And since it's pizza, you can totally customize it with your favorite toppings--or in this case, fillings.  We loved this and had it for dinner one night, but I would totally make this as an appetizer for a party or tailgate.  Much as I love to make from scratch, I must confess that I just love the crescent rolls that come in a tube and in this dish they make for a lovely "crust" with a slightly different flavor and texture.

It's Secret Recipe Club reveal day again and I was delighted to be assigned to Pocket Change Gourmet.  Liz and Doug have a huge array of great meal and snack ideas made on a budget.  I scoured their recipe archives, drooling over the Maple French Toast Casserole and Queso Cheese Dip (I do love a good dip).  But besides their tasty recipe, I appreciate Liz and Doug's tips and tricks to maximize your grocery dollars.  For example, in this recipe for a Pepperoni Pizza Ring they include a method to make your own pizza sauce. It's something I'd never done, but in the spirit of Secret Recipe Club's idea of trying new things, I decided to make the scratch pizza sauce.  And it was an excellent decision!  The best pizza sauce I've ever had and the left over sauce was perfect for dipping the pizza ring slices in.  A fun and delicious dish, this pizza ring is a hybrid of part pizza, part calzone and you need to make it. It's quick, even if you opt to make the sauce yourself, the whole dish comes together pretty easily so it's great for a weeknight meal.  I followed the original recipe, using turkey pepperoni, but adapt this to include your favorite pizza toppings--olives, peppers, onion, sausage crumbles, whatever makes you happy.



Pepperoni Pizza Ring


Ingredients


1 teaspoon butter
1 garlic clove, minced
1 4 ounce can tomato paste
3/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon parsley
2 8 ounce tubes crescent rolls
7 ounces pepperoni or turkey pepperoni (or other filling)
2 cups shredded mozzarella, divided

In a small saucepan, melt butter and saute garlic.  Add the tomato sauce, water and herbs.  Stir to combine.


Bring to a light boil and remove from heat, continuing to stir.


Separate crescent rolls into individual triangles.  On a baking sheet or pizza stone, arrange triangles in a circle, overlapping the wide ends on the inside with the pointy ends on the outside.


On the overlapping area, layer the filling as follows: cheese, pizza sauce, pepperoni or other filling, more cheese.





Pull the pointy ends of the dough over the filling to the center and press into the inside of the circle to create a seal all the way around.


Bake at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.


Slice and serve with pizza sauce for dipping.


Makes 1 pizza ring, serves 6.

Happy Baking,
The Cookie Princess

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21 comments:

  1. This looks too good not to try and I'm thinking I could make it work with homemade dough, too. Great post!

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    1. Probably, you just need strips of dough cut on an angle.

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  2. What a great appetizer! I just saved this to make for a party, thanks!

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  3. That looks so delicious it must be bad for you. It looks amazing. I'm officially putting a request for that at home (it's more "baking" than "cooking" - okay, I might make the sauce...).

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  4. I love the step by step photos and it looks tasty! Great choice for SRC!

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  5. So glad you liked the Pizza Ring! And that you tried the pizza sauce too!
    ~Liz@PocketChangeGourmet

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    1. You've got a lot of great recipes, Liz. I'll definitely be checking out more.

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  6. Hi Colleen,
    This is a great tutorial for your Pizza Ring, and a great recipe. It is fun cooking with you in the SRC!
    Miz Helen
    A New Follower

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  7. Ohhh now THIS looks good! Mmmmm Awesome!!

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  8. What an interesting recipe this is! Great for a party. Stopping by from SRC.

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  9. What a neat treat, great for a party!

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  10. Great for a party and a great SRC choice.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my Group 'A' SRC entry: Broiled Sushi.

    Lisa~~
    Cook Lisa Cook

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  11. GENIUS!!! I'm not even going to tell my husband about this, I'm just going to surprise him with it one of these days while he's watching March Madness. He's going to LOVE IT!!! I'm stopping by from Secret Recipe Club. I hope you'll swing by Seasonalpotluck.com March is artichoke month! http://bit.ly/zRfNjo I'd love if you'd link up your artichoke recipes!

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  12. This is a great variation on Calzone. I love how it can be adapted and you can add your own favourite fillings but it still looks more impressive than a pizza.

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  13. This looks delicious! I love how you artfully wrapped the crescent rolls - I say that because I've tried and failed many times (:

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    1. Thanks for considering it artful! That was not how I felt when I was doing it. :)

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  14. This is a tasty one. I do love pizza and the method of preparation here is very unique! Definitely a keeper and I am glad you pulled it out for SRC.
    One person can never cover enough ground when viewing food blog posts so a blog hop with all these links is a welcome sight. Now, to go back and get into the detail of some of these....

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  15. How lovely yours turned out...I'm going to give this recipe a try but am sure it would not turn out the same. Great SRC choice!

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    1. Have faith Vivian--it was really easy!

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  16. this looks like heaven! simply delicious

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