A pizza roll shaped and decorated like a snake makes an excellent Halloween lunch or dinner.
Homemade pizza rolls don't need to be difficult. All you need is a sheet of puff pastry and the fillings you love most. This version is decorated for Halloween, but it would work well on any night of the week.
This recipe makes a very basic pizza; however, any of your favourite pizza toppings will work, just be careful not to overstuff the pastry.
(Makes 4 servings)
1 sheet puff pastry
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1/2 cup Roma tomato, diced
1/2 cup peperoni, diced + several thin slices quartered
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, grated
1 small egg
Preheat the oven to 400°F / 200°C. Prepare a sheet pan lined with parchment paper or silicone liner and set aside.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out the puff pastry until it reaches a size of 12-inches x 4-inches.
Keeping away from the edges by 1/2-inch, spread the tomato sauce along one side of the pastry dough. Add the diced tomato followed by the diced peperoni, then the cheese.
In a small bowl best the egg with 1 tablespoon of water. Brush the egg wash along the edge of the pastry around the pizza fillings. Fold the empty dough over the pizza fillings and pinch together to seal the edges all the way around. Taper both ends to a point.
Transfer the pizza onto the sheet pan with the seam downward. Arrange into an "S" shape like a snake. With a sharp knife, make several diagonal slices in the dough down the length of the snake for venting. Place the quartered peperoni pieces along the snake's back like scales. Optionally, add more small chunks of peperoni for eyes and a longer piece for the snake's tongue.
Bake for 30 minutes until the dough is risen and golden brown. Allow it to cool for a few moments before serving.
Nutritional Information Per Serving:
total calories = 360 | total fat = 23.24g | saturated fat = 9.76g | cholesterol = 10mg | sodium = 538.38mg | net carbohydrates = 23.52g | dietary fibre = 5.21g | sugars = 2.59g | protein = 6.82g