Cheese/ Finger Food

Pizza Roll Ups

April 27, 2022 by Chris Collins

These pizza roll ups are super easy to make and even more delicious to eat!

Some pizza roll up recipes use pizza dough, others use puff pastry and some even use tortillas. However, today I’m going to show you the most delicious method (and arguably the easiest too) which uses a simple slice of bread! Follow me…

6 pizza roll ups in a small pot with dip blurred in the background

Pizza Bread Rolls

If you’re anything like me, you’ve not got the patience to be making pizza dough for pizza roll ups. Sometimes you need pizza roll ups and you need them now. Besides, has bread ever let us down in the past?! These bread roll ups are very similar to my Garlic Bread Roll Ups and Bacon Grilled Cheese Roll Ups, just pizzafied 😋 Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Bread – Must be thick soft white bread. This is the most pliable bread to roll up without cracking!
  • Cheese – I use mozzarella as it’s the classic pairing for pizza.
  • Pizza Sauce – Just a thin layer is all you’ll need.
  • Butter – Melted to brush over the roll ups before frying.
  • Pepperoni – This is optional, but a wafer-thin slice of pepperoni is always welcome!
  • Herbs – A pinch of dried herbs, just to boost the flavour. I typically use oregano, but basil or even Italian seasoning will work just fine.

Process shots: remove crusts from bread (photo 1), roll flat with rolling pin (photo 2), add pizza sauce and pepperoni (photo 3), add mozzarella and herbs (photo 4), tightly but carefully roll up (photo 5), brush with melted butter (photo 6).

6 step by step photos showing how to make pizza roll ups

Cooking Pizza Roll Ups

Pan-frying is your best bet when cooking these. I have baked them in the past, but you run the risk of the cheese melting out before they crisp up. They’re also more likely to unravel, which is never fun.

I usually fry in batches, otherwise it gets a bit hectic. You’ll want the heat on low-medium or medium; don’t crank up the heat to speed things up otherwise they’ll burn by the time the centre goes gooey. Start with the seam-side-down then gently rotate as the cheese glues them shut.

Process shots: add roll ups to non-stick pan (photo 1), gently rotate over medium heat until golden and crisp with the cheese just starting to melt out (photo 2).

2 step by step photos showing how to cook pizza roll ups

Pizza Roll Ups FAQ

Can I use a different kind of cheese?

Pre-shredded packaged mozzarella works best here. Cheddar will also work if you finely grate it. You could also use cheese slices, but only if they’re fairly thin and pliable, otherwise you’ll struggle to roll them up.

How do I stop them unravelling?

Ensure they’re seam-side-down as they rest, and make sure they start off in the pan seam-side-down. Using the right bread will also help, as will using a non-stick pan.

What can I do with the leftover crusts?

Blitz them up and use them as breadcrumbs! Great in Homemade Sausages and Meatballs.

close up overhead shot of the inside of a pizza roll

Serving Pizza Roll Ups

These make awesome Finger Food with a Dip (my faves are Garlic and Herb and Sour Cream and Chive).

Alrighty, let’s tuck into the full recipe for these pizza roll ups shall we?!

hand dunking a pizza roll up into small white pot of dip on wooden board

How to make Pizza Roll Ups (Full Recipe & Video)

6 pizza roll ups in a small pot with dip blurred in the background

Pizza Roll Ups

These pizza roll ups are super easy to make and even more delicious to eat!
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Servings (click & slide): 8 roll ups
Course: Finger Food
Cuisine: American / Italian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Calories per serving: 144kcal
Cost per serving: 50p / 50c

Equipment:

  • Non-Stick Pan & Tongs
  • Bread Knife & Chopping Board
  • Small Pot & Brush (for melted butter)
  • Rolling Pin

Ingredients (check list):

  • 8 slices of Thick Soft White Bread (see notes)
  • 1.5 cups / 150g shredded Mozzarella
  • 2 tbsp Butter, melted
  • 8 heaped tsp Pizza Sauce (see notes)
  • 8 pinches of Oregano (can sub basil or Italian seasoning if you'd prefer)
  • 8 large wafer-thin slices of Pepperoni (optional)

Instructions:

  • Slice the crusts off of each slice of bread, then use a rolling pin to flatten them. Spread over a thin layer of pizza sauce, then top with a thin slice of pepperoni, followed by mozzarella and a pinch of herbs.
  • One by one, tightly but carefully roll them up. Leave them seam-side-down so they don't unravel. Brush all over with melted butter.
  • Add roll ups to a dry pan seam-side-down over medium heat and fry until golden all over with the cheese starting to leak out. Use your tongs to frequently turn them. You may need to do this in two batches depending on the size of your pan.

Quick 1 min demo!

Notes:

a) Bread - Ensure you're using soft white sandwich bread. Don't use anything firm/fancy because it won't roll up well. Also, try and make sure the bread is as fresh as possible, just to avoid it cracking as you roll it.
b) Pizza Sauce - You can use my Rustic Pizza Sauce if you fancy, I just recommend blitzing it up once it's cooked to smooth out the lumps. You'll find pizza sauce in most stores, but if you can't find any I have used marinara/pasta sauce in the past, which works just fine.
c) How do I stop them from unravelling? - Make sure they're resting seam-side-down as you prep the rest. Also make sure sure they start in the pan seam-side-down, just until the cheese starts melting and binding the roll ups. Another technique is to add the cheese on top of the pepperoni, just so it helps glue the roll ups as it melts. Finally just make sure your pan is non-stick.
d) Serving - These are awesome Finger Food with a Dip (my faves are Garlic and Herb and Sour Cream and Chive).
e) Calories - Per roll up excluding the pepperoni.

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Nutrition:

Nutrition Facts
Pizza Roll Ups
Amount Per Serving
Calories 144 Calories from Fat 75
% Daily Value*
Fat 8.3g13%
Saturated Fat 4.749g24%
Trans Fat 0.122g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.594g
Monounsaturated Fat 2.271g
Cholesterol 24mg8%
Sodium 271mg11%
Potassium 61mg2%
Carbohydrates 10.8g4%
Fiber 0.6g2%
Sugar 1.55g2%
Protein 6.57g13%
Vitamin A 266IU5%
Vitamin C 0.6mg1%
Calcium 139mg14%
Iron 0.86mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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For another type of roll up check out my Puff Pastry Roll Ups!

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