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Roll Tide Rolls (aka Homemade Pizza Rolls)

This post is dedicated to my parents; die hard Alabama football fans, and the most supportive parents that a kid could ask for!

I’m not the biggest sports fan, and probably attended about two tailgating parties during college (more for the beer and comradery than the game itself) unless you count four years of participating in celebrating Little 500 week at Indiana University…that’s a whole other story.

But, like I said, my parents are huge football fans and attend more tailgating parties in one season than your typical frat boy.

Needless to say, they are much cooler than me.

When you’re that social, you need a great recipe to bring to all those parties. Even better, a dish that is a crowd-pleaser,¬†easy to eat and named for the home team.

The three steps look much more complicated than the actually are, so if you’re not a chef, don’t be intimidated by making your own sauce and pizza dough. It’ll really be worth it and what’s better than telling your friends while they’re chugging a can of beer and rooting on their favorite team to victory that what they’re eating is completely homemade??
…maybe that’s why my parents are cooler than me.

Mom, Dad, you gave me life. Now I give you Roll Tide Rolls!

Roll Tide Rolls
(inspired from A Stool At The Counter)
1 cup of Quick Pasta Sauce (recipe below)
1 batch of Quick and Delicious Pizza Dough (recipe below)
6 oz. shredded cheese (I used Trader Joe’s Quattro Fromaggio)
6 oz. sliced pepperoni
1 tbsp. red pepper flakes (optional, but suggested!)
1 tbsp. dried oregano (optional, but suggested!)

1. Make pasta sauce.
2. Make pizza dough.
3. Preheat oven to 450*.
4. On a floured surface, roll out pizza dough with a rolling pin into about a 17 x 12″ rectangle and about 1/4″ thick.

5. Spread on sauce, covering the entire surface.

6. Sprinkle on cheese and generously layer on pepperoni. Sprinkle on pepper flakes and oregano, if using.

7. Carefully roll up pizza lengthwise. Cut roll in half and transfer onto a lightly greased baking sheet.

8. Bake for about 25 minutes, or until dough has stiffened up and is slightly browned on top.

9. Let loaves cool for 10 minutes and then slice¬†width-wise into about 1/4″ thick rolls.

10. Serve and watch smiles erupt on the faces of your friends and family!

Quick Homemade Pasta Sauce
makes 3 cups sauce
1 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 medium onion, roughly chopped
2 cloves garlic, diced
1 red or yellow bell pepper, chopped
1 can diced tomatoes
2 tbsp. tomato paste
2 tsp. basil, chopped (I used two Dorot frozen basil cubes)
1/4 cup olives, pitted and halved

1. Saute onion and garlic in olive oil over medium-high heat for about 4 minutes. Add in pepper and cook for another 5 minutes.

2. In a blender, combine onion & pepper mixture and the rest of the ingredients.

3. Blend until smooth.

Quick and Delicious Pizza Dough
(adapted from this recipe on allrecipes.com)

1 package active dry yeast
1 tsp. sugar
1 cup warm water
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. salt

1. Proof the yeast in a medium bowl: dissolve yeast and sugar in the warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.

2. Stir in flour, salt and oil until it forms a smooth dough. Let rest for 5 to 10 minutes.

Stay tuned for Roll Tide Rolls, Part II: The Sweet Version!


Spicy Basil and Black Olive Pasta Sauce

I don’t really have much to say about this sauce other than “OHMYGODYOUHAVETOTRYTHIS!”

Spicy Basil and Black Olive Pasta Sauce
1 small onion
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 cup black olives, pitted and halved
1 can diced tomatoes
3 tbsp. tomato paste
4 oz. can roasted green chili peppers, diced
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
1 tbsp. red pepper flakes (if you don’t like spice, just omit these)
1 tbsp. arrowroot flour (or cornstarch)
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Saute onion and garlic in the olive oil on medium heat for about 3 minutes.
2. Add in olives, tomatoes, tomato paste, chili peppers, basil and red pepper flakes and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste.
3. Spoon 3/4 of the mixture into a blender and add arrowroot flour. Blend until smooth.
4. Add the blended sauce back into the pan and simmer for 5 minutes.
5. Serve over pasta and garnish as desired. I grated some fresh parmesan and topped with chopped green onions.

The texture is perfect in this sauce. It’s just like it came out of a jar but ten times more fresh and flavorful than anything you can buy in the store. I think next time I’m going to add in some more veggies to give it a vitamin boost. Maybe some spinach, carrots and zucchini? I’m definitely hooked and its going to be hard to try any other sauce!

What’s your go-to pasta sauce? Is it homemade or from the jar?