Pizza Pinwheels

This past September as we were preparing for Joseph’s 10th birthday party we all sat down and went through a list of possible themes so he could pick his favorite. Both Scott and I were fairly surprised when he made his final selection… Monopoly! Knowing that I am someone who likes to have unique parties, I was loving the idea of having a Monopoly themed birthday party. As I started to do some research I realized that in doing such a specialized theme, there is not a lot of bulk Monopoly products out there for parties… which meant I was on my own… which I loved!


(Joseph’s Party Invitations – Designed by myself, printed at Office Max)

As part of the theme we sat down one weekend the boys were here and went through a list of foods were are “fair” based or sold on “Boardwalk”. One of the items Joseph really wanted was pizza. Knowing I wouldn’t be able to make individual pizzas for everyone and I am not one to order pizza for a birthday party I set out to see how I could put a unique spin on pizza, when I came across these!

Pizza pinwheels! As soon as I saw these I knew they would be perfect! These appetizer type wheels are perfect for kids, and to be honest the adults almost liked them more than the children did. For those of you, like me, who like to do as much prep work prior to “Party Day” these are perfect to make the day before, pop in the freezer, pull them out, cut, bake and serve!

(Note: You can now buy actual crescent roll dough which are not pre-cut into triangles! That is the type of crescent roll dough you will want to buy for this recipe!)

Pizza Pinwheels
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Ingredients:
1 (8 Ounce) Can Refrigerated Crescent Roll Dough
3 Cups Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
1 1/2 Cups Pepperoni (Diced) or 30 Slices of Pepperoni
1 (14 Ounce) Can Pizza Sauce

Directions:
On a large baking sheet, roll out the crescent roll dough. Sprinkle the cheese evenly across the dough, followed by evenly sprinkling the pepperoni on top of the cheese.

Rolling lengthwise, tightly roll the dough up into a pinwheel. Lightly spray a sheet of tin foil with baking spray. Place the rolled up pinwheel in the middle of the foil, wrap the foil up tightly and place the roll in the freeze to firm for at least 1 hour, or freeze overnight.

Once you are ready to bake your roll, preheat the oven to 375 and lightly spray a baking sheet with baking spray. Unwrap the roll from the foil and slice the roll into 4 (or more) pieces. Secure each roll with a toothpick, prior to placing the wheel on the baking sheet. Place the cut wheels on the prepared baking sheet with the opening of the wheels facing upwards. (This will keep the wheels from exploding, while they bake!)

Bake for about 12 minutes until golden brown.

Remove the toothpick and serve with pizza sauce for dipping!

Source: slightly adapted from AllRecipes.com

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