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SANDRA’S SAUSAGE STUFFED MINI-PIZZA ROLLS

A delightful afternoon snack
that would be a
great game day appetizer as well... 
Yields: (16 Rolls)
Prep: 15 Mins.
Bake: 12 to 15 Mins.

INGREDIENTS

1 roll refrigerated pizza dough, (or 1/2 a recipe of Sandra's Pizza Dough)

Filling:
1/4 cup pizza sauce, plus more for dipping
4 slices pepper-jack cheese, finely chopped
1/4 lb. sweet Italian sausage, browned (I used moose, although pork, and venison would be nice as  well)

Topping:
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
Pinch of garlic powder
Pinch of dried Italian seasoning
1 tablespoon freshly grated Parmesan cheese

For dipping:
1/4 cup warm pizza sauce

METHOD

Preheat oven to 425 degrees and lightly spray a miniature muffin pan or baking dish, and set aside.

In a small bowl, combine pizza sauce, pepper-jack cheese, and sausage.

Unroll pizza onto a lightly floured surface, and cut into (16) 3” circles. Place 1 scant teaspoon of filling mixture into the center of each circle. Gather the sides up and pinch closed (as shown in photograph). Place each ball seam side down in prepared miniature muffin pan or baking dish.

Melt butter in a small ramekin for about 1 minute in microwave, and stir in the garlic powder, and Italian seasoning. Brush tops of rolls with mixture using a pastry brush. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese evenly over rolls.

Bake until rolls are golden brown, about 12 to 15 minutes. 

Meanwhile, warm 1/4 cup pizza sauce, covered with a paper towel, in the microwave for 1.5 to 2 minutes.

Serve rolls with warm pizza sauce for dipping. ~ Enjoy!

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Tips:  I like to break my sausage into rather small bits while browning.  You can also change up these pizza rolls with many other types of topping ingredients to your heart's desire.


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