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Ham Mozzarella Pizza Rolls

These pizza bites are packed with ham, mozzarella and tomato sauce. You will enjoy these rolls for breakfast, brunch or just for a picnic.

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We adore these small snack that can be devoured in one or two bites. Kids adore them as well as adults when served as a snack, brunch or a light dinner along a simple green salad. 

These rolls are perfection: crisp on outside and soft, super cheesy and packed with ham inside. You will love making and eating these these light snack every day. For another pizza snack option, check our recipe for pizza muffins with bacon.

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How to make smoked ham mozzarella pizza rolls

You will easily make these small pizza bites once you have all ingredients ready. The base of this recipe is simple PIZZA DOUGH which we use to roll delicious pizza stuffing - TOMASTO SAUCE, SMOKED HAM and FRESH MOZZARELLA, all sprinkled with DRIED OREGANO.

Making pizza dough is easy. For this recipe we use fresh yeast, which we crumble in one bowl and combine with water, flour and some sugar. Once the yeast is risen, combine this with flour + salt and some olive oil. Knead a soft elastic dough on your work surface and let it stand in a warm place until doubled in size. 

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When the dough is ready, it's time for playing with our stuffing. Roll the dough into a rectangle, brush with olive oil then spread tomato sauce over the dough. Arrange stripes of smoked ham and mozzarella cheese (cutted or shredded - depending on which mozzarella you use). Sprinkle generously with dried oregano.

Now, roll tightly the dough into log, then cut into 1 - 1.5cm slices and arrange on the baking sheet lined with baking paper. These little snacks are baked on high temperature - 220 C for about 13 - 15 minutes. 

Tip about using yeast

In this recipe we use fresh yeast, but in the case you use instant dry yeast, just skip the step 3 and combine the yeast with flour and salt and skip the sugar. If using active dry yeast, just combine 150ml water, yeast and 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar in a bowl and leave for 5 minutes. Then continue with the step 4 in the recipe.

Making ahead smoked ham mozzarella pizza rolls

If you want to have your pizza rolls ready in advance, so you can bake them at any time, prepare the rolls as described through the step 3 then tightly wrap the logs with cling film and refrigerate for up to 1 day. Baked pizza rolls freeze well, up to 3 months. 

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Ham Mozzarella Pizza Rolls

MAKES: 12 pizza rolls
COOKS IN: 30 minutes plus rising time
LEVEL: Moderate

INGREDIENTS

For the dough

  • 240g 00 flour or bread flour (2 cups)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 30ml olive oil (2 tablespoons)
  • 10g fresh yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 150ml water (1/2 cup + 2 tbsp), lukewarm

For the filling

  • 5-6 tablespoons tomato sauce (homemade or store-bought)
  • 1 fresh mozzarella ball (125g)
  • 100g ham, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • olive oil, for brushing

METHOD

  1. FOR THE FILLING, prepare tomato sauce if using homemade (check out our recipe), grate or finely cut mozzarella cheese. The best way to do this is to place the ball of mozzarella in the freezer for 15 minutes. Cut ham into thin stripes.

  2. FOR THE DOUGH, crumble the fresh yeast into a small bowl or a mug, add 50ml water, 2 tablespoons of flour and 1/2 teaspoon sugar. Stir until combined and place in a warm place for 10 minutes until it becomes foamy.

  3. Combine flour and salt in a large bowl, make a well in the middle then add olive oil and yeast mixture. Stir using a spoon while gradually add remaining water (100ml). Using hands stir until most of the flour is incorporated. Turn the dough onto lightly floured work surface and knead a dough for about 4-5 minutes until the dough is soft.

  4. Place the dough into lightly oiled bowl, cover with a clean kitchen towel and allow to rise at room temperature until double in size. If your space is not warm enough, place the dough into slightly warmed oven.

  5. Preheat the oven to 220°C (428°F) and line the baking sheet with baking paper.

  6. Dust a work surface with flour and roll out the pizza dough into 30x20 cm rectangle. If the dough start to shrinks back let it rest for a few minutes, then try again.

  7. Spread tomato sauce over the dough, leaving about 2-3 cm border at the top and bottom. Sprinkle with cutted mozzarella over the sauce and then ham. Season with dried oregano.

  8. Starting at the long end closest to you, roll up the dough tightly into a log. Cut the log with a serrated knife into 12 pieces. Use a flat spatula to transfer the rolls cut-side up to the baking sheet, leaving some space between. Brush each roll with olive oil on the top and sides. 

  9. Bake for about 20-25 minutes then transfer to the serving plates.

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