Kitchen Adventures: Skip the freezer, go homemade

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Food column by Becca Owsley

By Becca Owsley

If you have spent any time at all with children or teens you've learned they love to snack. Pizza rolls and mozzarella sticks are a staple of many of their diets.


But these types of snacks don’t have to come from a freezer, deep fried or nuked in the microwave. There are homemade alternatives which often taste better than bags of frozen snacks.

Baked mozzarella balls and pepperoni pizza rolls might be a couple good recipes to try.

A blogger who posted a recipe for baked mozzarella balls said they also are a healthier alternative.

She took string cheese, cut it into small pieces, dipped it in skim milk, tossed the pieces in bread crumbs then baked them in the oven. While I can’t attest to the claims of the dish being healthier, baking instead of deep frying them has to be better for you.

These turned out tasty but should be served shortly after they are made. Maybe it’s because of the consistency of the string cheese but the cheese toughened up again quickly.

Of the two recipes I tried on this adventure, the pepperoni pizza rolls were my favorite.

These delicious little baked treats are a great homemade substitute for frozen pizza snacks. It’s also a dish adults will love as well.

I made these for a movie themed gathering where all the snacks’ names had movie reference in them. As a nod to “Toy Story,” these were called Pizza Planet pizza bites.

They are simply rolled out biscuits wrapped around some pizza ingredients, sprinkled with spices and baked.

The pizza rolls were a hit and the guests were astonished to find out how simple they were to make. It seems like you can make anything with refrigerated biscuits or croissants these days.

A few adjustments were made. Colby and Monterey jack cheese wouldn’t have been my choice for a pizza roll. I used a blend of Italian shredded cheese instead. Mozzarella also would work.

The ingredients listed for the inside of the roll looked like the center would be a little dry so I added a small dab of pizza sauce to the biscuit before stacking the ingredients inside and forming a ball.

It was a good thing, too, because I walked out of the house without the jar of pizza sauce for dipping. The small dab inside the roll was just enough sauce for the taste.

Becca Owsley can be reached at (270) 505-1741 or bowsley@thenewsenterprise.com.


Baked Mozzarella balls
String cheese
Italian bread crumbs
Skim milk 

Cut the sticks into small portions. Dip them in skim milk and then toss in the breading.
Place on a baking sheet or baking stone.
Bake at 425 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes.   

From the blog Never Trust a Skinny Cook at www.justaddasliceoflove.blogspot.com

Pepperoni Pizza Rolls
3 cans buttermilk biscuits (10 biscuits per can)
60 pepperoni slices
Block of cheese (Colby & Monterey Jack or Cheese Stick)
1 beaten egg
Italian seasoning
Garlic powder
1 jar pizza sauce 

Cut the block of cheese into 30 squares.
Flatten a biscuit and stack pepperoni and cheese on top. Gather up the edges of the biscuit to form the ball.
Line the rolls up in a greased 9x13 in. pan. Brush with beaten egg.  Sprinkle with Parmesan, Italian seasoning and garlic powder.  Bake at 425 degrees for 18-20 minutes.
Serve the rolls with warm pizza sauce for dipping.