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
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.
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