Thursday, February 16, 2012

A Trial Run: Pizza Pinwheels

I've been working on the menu for J's baby shower.  My main source of research for this project has been Pinterest.  I found pins for Pizza Bites, Pizza Puffs, and Pepperoni Rolls and thought they all looked like good possibilities.  I came across pins for Cream Cheese Sausage Pinwheels, and Jalapeno Cream Cheese Cresent Poppers that also caught my eye (and so I pinned them).

Then it occured to me, I might could combine the recipes ingredients and techniques to create my own recipe.  So that's what I did.  I took the ingredients needed from the bites, puffs, and rolls and the technique from the pinwheels and poppers and came up with Pizza Pinwheels.

The first time I used the whole can of crescents at once.  These pinwheels were a good meal size serving (the Girls inhaled them for supper) but were to large for a party size serving.  So with the second can I divided the crescent rolls and only did four at a time making these pinwheels a good party size serving.

This was the first can of crescent rolls when I used all eight crescent rolls at once.

This was the second can when I only used four crescent rolls at a time.

I used thread to cut the pinwheels.  I didn't have any problem cutting through the pepperoni and it didn't mash the cream cheese filling out of the crescent rolls.

Pizza Pinwheels

2 cans crescent rolls
1 pkg cream cheese, softened
1 cup shredded mozzerella cheese
1/2 cup pizza sauce
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp parsley
1/4 tsp oregano
1 pkg pepperoni (I used the larger thinner pepperoni rather than the smaller thicker pepperoni because I thought it would be easier to cut)

Combine cream cheese, Italian seasoning, parsley, oregano, pizza sauce and mozzerella cheese together in a large bowl.  Flatten crescent rolls out on cutting board and cover with cream cheese mixture.  Whether you decide to use eight or four crescent rolls at a time you will need to divide the cream cheese mixture evenly among them.  Layer pepperoni over cream cheese mixture and roll up slowly.  Make sure to keep the edges as evenly as possible.  Cut into approximately 1/2 inch pinwheels with sewing thread.  Place on well greased baking sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 16-18 minutes or until crescent rolls are browned. 

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