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Cheesy Pizza Rolls

The cast-iron skillet browns these delicious rolls to perfection. My family can't get enough. Use whatever pizza toppings your family likes best. —Dorothy Smith, El Dorado, Arkansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    8 appetizers


  • 1 loaf (1 pound) frozen pizza dough, thawed
  • 1/2 cup pasta sauce
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pepperoni (about 64 slices)
  • 1/2 pound bulk Italian sausage, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Minced fresh basil, optional
  • Crushed red pepper flakes, optional


  • Preheat oven to 400°. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into a 16x10-in. rectangle. Brush with pasta sauce to within 1/2 in. of edges.
  • Sprinkle with 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, sausage and Parmesan. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seam to seal. Cut into 8 slices. Place in a greased 9-in. cast-iron skillet or greased 9-in. round baking pan, cut side down.
  • Bake 20 minutes; sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake until golden brown, 5-10 minutes longer. If desired, serve with minced fresh basil and crushed red pepper flakes.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • If you have a favorite homemade or store-bought fresh dough, swap it for the frozen dough.
  • Give rolls a little room in the pan to stretch their wings. They will expand in the oven.
  • Prefer a crisper pizza crust? Bake an additional 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 appetizer: 355 calories, 19g fat (7g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 978mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 14g protein.


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    • LBurkey
      Feb 8, 2021

      I made these for our Super Bowl party. While they were tasty, it took a lot longer to get them to brown like in the picture than the time stated. They also were not that attractive. I'm would almost rather make a homemade pizza.

    • jstowellsupermom
      Sep 20, 2020

      Everyone loved these! I like how super customizable they are. Would be super easy to fill with your favorite pizza toppings.

    • justmbeth
      Apr 16, 2020

      My bread dough was a bit old so it did not expand well. Great flavor.

    • marcibanes
      Apr 15, 2018

      Very good and quick to make. I loved using the cast iron skillet because the bottom got nice and crispy. The only change I made was sprinkling some Italian Seasoning on top of the pizza sauce because I did not have fresh basil.

    • chaosmommy
      Apr 24, 2017

      I baked this for a sleepover party. I thought it would be more fun than just ordering pizza. I appreciate the previous review that suggests a little longer baking time. I just got my first cast iron skillet and am not too comfortable using it yet!I made "surpeme" style pizza, as requested by the teenagers. Pepperoni, sausage, onions, mushrooms, and peppers. I might saute the veggies next time.Very good, and a nice way to get me started using my new pan!

    • Anniepants
      Sep 25, 2016

      Delicious and easy! Even the 2 year old and 6 year old gobbled them up! Here's what I learned: I used a loaf of frozen bread dough and it worked great. When you put them in the GREASED pan make sure the cut side is up/down. The end pieces will be cut side up. Give them some space in your pan because they will expand while baking. I followed the baking times as written and it wasn't enough. I have an oven thermometer and kept a consistent 400 degrees. I recommend baking 30 minutes, sprinkle with remaining cheese, and bake 5-10 minutes more. They were still a bit doughy inside but oh so good! Served them with a Caesar salad for a wonderful and simple family pleasing meal!