Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Pizza Roll

As a busy mom of three kids I'm always looking for an easy weeknight meal. Of course everyone loves pizza….so when I found this recipe I knew it would be a hit with the family!!! It is a great twist on your typical casserole or take-out pizza. The ingredients listed could easily be adapted to your tastes…..you could add more diced veggies or swap the hamburger meat for Italian sausage or ground turkey. Definitely adding this recipe to my "make-again" file!!!

Pizza Roll 
adapted from Taste of Home Freezer Cookbook

1 lb. ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1 cup Italian tomato sauce
1 can (4 oz.) mushroom stems & pieces, drained
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1 tube (13.8 oz.) refrigerated pizza crust
1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

In a large skillet, cook the beef, onion and green pepper over medium heat until the meat is no longer pink; drain.  Stir in the tomato sauce, mushrooms, garlic salt and oregano.  Unroll the pizza dough onto a greased baking sheet; roll into a 15-in x 12-in rectangle.  Spoon meat mixture down the center of the rectangle; sprinkle with cheeses.  On each long side, cut 1-in wide strips about 2 1/2 in. into center. Starting at one end, fold alternating strips across filling.  Pinch ends to seal. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.  Makes 6 servings.  

Freezer Options: Freeze the cooled unsliced pizza roll in heavy duty foil.  To use, remove from the freezer 30 minutes before reheating.  Remove from foil and reheat roll on a greased baking sheet in a preheated 325 degree oven until heated through.