Monday, October 01, 2012

Pizza pinwheels



We were invited to an outdoor movie party for Olivia's soccer team. Meant to be an all fun and low key event guests were asked to bring finger foods to share. I always struggle with the what to bring. I did a little thinking and with the help of the internet came up with something simple but fun. I decided to give pizza pinwheels a try.

What I did was roll out some pizza dough. I made my own dough since it was easier and we eat pizza so often I can make dough in my sleep. I decided to keep the toppings simple: cheese and pepperoni. I set the toppings on the pizza as I would normally do and instead of tossing the pie into the oven I rolled it up. Wrapped it in foil and let it chill in the fridge for an hour. Later I sliced the pizza roll into small portions placed the pinwheel slices on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and baked them about 10 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

What I learned with the first batch is: that makes a BIG pinwheel. I decided to correct my size problem by cutting that big roll down in size. Since I had sliced all the pinwheels for that roll I unrolled each wheel and cut them in half. That seemed to work enough to salvage that pizza roll. They still ended up large but not plate large.When I made my subsequent rolls I just used less dough making smaller 6" pies. This kept the pinwheels at a close to bite sized portion. When the pinwheels were cool enough to handle I stuck them on lollipop sticks.

It was a big hit. The kids AND parents loved them. Next time I think I'll keep it even easier and just make a rectangle sized pizza. After I bake it I'll let it cool slightly then cut it into thin strips. That way I can just roll up the pizza strips to the size I want and put them on lollipop sticks. I think that method will give more pinwheels and allow me to keep them bite sized.

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