Pizza is one of Dustin's and my favorite food. We have pizza for dinner at least once a week--I'm also pretty sure Dustin lived on pizza before we moved in together. I like trying new flavors of pizza; some recent favorites have been arugula and prosciutto and a Greek flavored pizza with olives and feta. Dustin normally sticks to classic flavor profiles
For this pizza roll I wanted to combine a fluffy dough and a some salami I had languishing in my fridge! I also added baby spinach and mozzarella cheese, and used a spicy marinara dipping sauce instead of putting pizza sauce inside of the pizza roll.
The salami adds a spicy savory flavor, the spinach adds a freshness and a much needed vegetable into this dinner. And who can have pizza without cheese! Shredded mozzarella cheese is delicious and adds a gooey cheesy flavor that also helps hold the pizza roll together. And the spicy marinara is a great dipping sauce with 'sticks' of pizza roll. Try this salami, spinach, mozzarella pizza roll for the next pizza night at your house!
Salami, Spinach, and Mozzarella Pizza Roll
author: Happy Food Happy Home
makes 8 servings
2 ¼ teaspoons active dry yeast (1 packet)
1 cup warm water
2 ½-3 cups all purpose or bread flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons olive oil
¼ pound salami, sliced thin
2 cups baby spinach leaves
4 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded
olive oil for topping
- For the dough, combine the yeast and water. Whisk together and let sit for 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile in a medium mixing bowl whisk together 2 ½ cups of flour, the sugar, and the salt.
- Using a fork mix together the yeast and water and the dry ingredients until a dough forms.
- On a floured surface knead the dough for 5-8 minutes until the dough is smooth and springy.
- Put the dough in an oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let the dough rise for 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- On a floured surface roll the dough out into a 12 by 18 inch rectangle. The dough will be about a ½ inch thick.
- Place the salami in a layer on the dough. Overlap the salami by about half. Start along a long edge placing the salami right next to the edge--this will be the inner edge of your roll. When you reach the other long edge leave about a half inch gap to help close the roll.
- Add the spinach in an even layer on top of the salami. Top with black pepper to taste. Make sure to leave the half inch gap along the outer edge.
- Add the mozzarella cheese on top of the spinach in an even layer.
- Begin rolling the dough; gently fold the inner long edge over approximately 1 inch. Continue to tightly roll up the dough keeping the ingredients inside.
- One the roll is completely rolled tightly pinch the long edge closed, pulling the dough around the fillings.
- Transfer the dough to a parchment lined baking sheet. Drizzle the top with olive oil and rub all over the top of the roll.
- Place roll in oven and bake for 45-50 minutes. When cooked the dough will be lightly brown and crispy. The internal temperature should be 200 degrees F.
- Allow roll to rest for approximately 10 minutes before serving.
Spicy Marinara Sauce
author: Happy Food Happy Home
Glug of olive oil
½ medium onion, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
½ teaspoon Italian Seasoning
¼ teaspoon fennel seeds
¼ teaspoon oregano
¼ teaspoon wine (optional)
1 can diced tomatoes or tomato puree
- In a medium sauce pan heat the olive oil over medium heat.
- When oil is shiny add the onion and cook until translucent.
- Add garlic, red pepper flakes, Italian seasoning, fennel, and oregano. Cook for 30 seconds until garlic is fragrant.
- Add wine and allow to simmer for 1 minute. If not using the wine, skip this step.
- Add tomatoes and bring sauce to a simmer.
- If desired you can puree the sauce with an immersion blender or in a blender until smooth.
Is pizza on your dinner rotation? You will love this pizza roll when you try it!