‘The Pioneer Woman’: Ree Drummond’s Pizza Rolls Recipe Is an Easy Spin on the Classic Appetizer

Ree Drummond discovered that her easy cinnamon roll technique could be translated into a delicious pizza roll recipe. The Pioneer Woman star takes the elements of a pizza but makes it into a snackable size that’s great for a movie night or football game day.

Ree Drummond wears a black top while cooking with Stephen Colbert on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in 2019 on 'The Late Show'
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Ree Drummond developed a spin on pizza rolls

Drummond wrote about the pizza rolls recipe in a 2016 blog post on The Pioneer Woman website and had a few disclaimers and pro-tips for anyone making the “crazy rolls” she made “on a whim” with leftover cinnamon roll dough.

“I was working with no recipe whatsoever, and had no plan,” she confessed. “The idea came together in about 5 minutes. Kind of like my idea to start a blog 10 years ago.”

Drummond also admitted that she would have added some other options to the recipe when she made it and took photos, but she didn’t have enough cheese, pepperoni, or black olives on hand.

The Pioneer Woman star shared how she was inspired to try this recipe after making cinnamon rolls and learned something valuable in the process. “I determined that the next time I make these babies, I will use a true pizza dough with a little more chew to it,” she explained. “This dough was a little too soft to pass for pizza.”

Drummond adjusted the recipe accordingly and included pizza dough in the list of ingredients.

‘The Pioneer Woman’ star’s pizza rolls recipe is easy to assemble

Drummond’s pizza rolls recipe is so easy to make and uses store-bought ingredients so there’s not a lot of prep. She starts by rolling the dough into a rectangle, brushes olive oil over it, and sprinkles on salt.

Then it’s as easy as piling on pizza toppings, which will become the inside of the snack once the dough is rolled up. Drummond spreads on marinara sauce, parmesan and mozzarella cheeses, and jarred pesto, but said you can add any toppings you like (such as pepperoni, cooked Italian sausage, or black olives).

“And then I decided to try something weird,” Drummond shared. “I unwrapped a few pieces of string cheese and lay them in a line across the top of the dough. I have no idea what I’m doing or how this is going to turn out. But it’s bread and cheese, friends. What could possibly go wrong?”

Drummond rolls the dough up, sharing that her technique is to begin at the string cheese end and “roll the dough toward you, trying to keep the roll as tight as possible.” She pinches the ends of the dough so none of the filling can escape and places it seam side down, then uses a serrated knife to cut it into 1-inch thick slices.

After placing the rolls on a baking pan or skillet, she allows them to rise while the oven preheats, then bakes the pizza rolls in a 400 degree Fahrenheit oven for 15 to 18 minutes.

Drummond serves the pizza rolls with a side of warm marinara sauce for dipping.

The full recipe is available on the Food Network website.

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