Party Sausage Pizza Rolls

This recipe goes overtime on flavor with all the tasty elements of a slice of sausage pizza rolled into a hand-held party treat - and more[ zesty sauce on the sidelines for dipping.]

Total Time:
1 hr 10 min
Prep:
30 min
Cook:
40 min

Yield:
8 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for brushing
  • 1/2 small onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • One 15-ounce can tomato puree
  • 12 large leaves fresh basil
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 ounces Italian sausage, sliced into 1/4-inch rounds
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
  • 1 pound frozen pizza dough, thawed and at room temperature
  • 2 cups Italian blend shredded cheese
Directions

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and 1/2 teaspoon of the oregano, season with 1 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the tomato puree, 1/4 cup water, 5 torn basil leaves and the red pepper flakes. Bring to a simmer and cook until slightly thickened, about 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Meanwhile, heat the remaining tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sausage rounds and brown on both sides, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate. Mix the Parmesan with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon oregano in a small bowl.

Divide the pizza dough into 8 portions. Flatten into 4-inch squares either by stretching with your hands or using a rolling pin. Spoon 1 tablespoon of sauce onto a square and spread around. Top with 1/4 cup of the Italian cheese blend, one-eighth of the sausage and 1 basil leaf. Wrap the dough around the filling and pinch the edge and ends to seal. Place seam-side down the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough and ingredients.

Brush the rolls with olive oil and sprinkle with the Parmesan oregano mixture. Cut 2 slashes across the top. Bake until golden and bubbly, 20 to 25 minutes. Serve warm with the remaining sauce on the side for dipping.


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