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Pizza Poppers

 Pizza Poppers
Both my husband and I are big pizza fans, so we created these pizza rolls that we like to take to parties. I think they'd be fun to set out for Santa to enjoy, along with his milk and cookies!
16 ServingsPrep: 35 min. + rising Bake: 10 min.

Ingredients

  • 4 to 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups (12 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1-1/3 cups minced pepperoni (about 5 ounces)
  • 2 cups pizza sauce, warmed

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine 2 cups of flour, sugar, yeast, oregano and
  • salt. In a saucepan, heat water and shortening to 120°-130°.
  • Add to dry ingredients; beat until moistened. Add egg; beat on
  • medium speed for 1 minute. Stir in cheese and pepperoni; mix well.
  • Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about
  • 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top.
  • Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into
  • four pieces. Divide each piece into eight balls. Roll each ball into
  • a 12-in. rope. Tie into a loose knot, leaving two long ends. Fold

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Directions (continued)

  • top end under roll; bring bottom end up and press into center of
  • roll. Place on greased baking sheets. Cover and let rise until
  • doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm
  • with pizza sauce. Yield: 32 appetizers.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 each) equals 271 calories, 11 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 36 mg cholesterol, 538 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 12 g protein.