Tonight we set out with a mission to make a fun dinner that was easy to munch on while we watched Walking Dead. We wanted pizza but didn't want to wait for the dough to rise. I then thought about the store bought pizzas, bagel bites, and then it hit me. I LOVE pizza rolls. I can pop an entire bag in one sitting, Im not proud of this but it makes me happy. I perused through thousands of Pinterest Pins, Food Gawker photos, and settled upon a recipe calling for won ton wraps. Intrigued, I continued. I never put the idea of won tons and pizza together, I could see my Chinese ancestors shaking their heads in vein. I didn't like the sauce or even the stuffing so I decided to create my own. For speed and conveience I used store bought ingredients you have laying around the house.
1 can of diced italian tomatoes
2 Tablespoons of tomato past
1 clove of minced garli
1 Tablespoon of brown suga
1 Teaspoon of red pepper flake
2 Tablespoons of minced fresh basi
2 Tablespoons EVO
2 Teaspoons of italian seasonin
1 Bag of Shredded Mozzarella Cheese (I used the new Kraft with Philadepia Cream Cheese Mozzarella for extra "meltyness")
2 Cups of chopped pepporoni or toppings of your choosin
Place EVOO in skillet and place on med high heat. Adding garlic and lightly sauteeing until a nice golden color and fragrant smell fills the air. Next add the can of diced tomatoes and 2 tablespoons of tomato paste. Stir until paste is completely mixed in. Add the rest of the sauce ingredients and simmer until sauce thickens. Now you can make this ahead of time and store in the fridge, the sauce should be chilled when working with it. Me being impatient I put the sauce on an ice bath to bring the temp down. Next dampen a large paper towel and place over the wraps, you don't want them to dry out while working with them.
Next mix the cheese and pepperoni together in a bowl. I added a little extra italian seasoning but its up to you. I doused the surface I was working on with cornstarch to prevent sticking, some of the recipes called for corn meal or flour. Place the sheet on the surface and put a teaspoon of stuffing and a teaspoon of sauce on the sheet. Fold over to create a triangle shape and seal with a fork.
You can use a deep fryer set to 375 or bring a large dutch oven up to 375 filled with oil of your choosing. Using a fry basket dropped the roll into the oil and cook until nice golden brown color appears.
These are great for a fun meal with friends or a fun date night snack. Use the extra sauce for dipping and remember to have fun with it. Be creative with sauces and toppings. I was thinking maybe next week we can make a dessert version or a white pizza with Alfredo sauce.
I am not a genius in the kitchen or even a talented food photographer but I am learning and would love any comments and suggestions from my fellow bloggers out there. Enjoy!