These crispy dough swirls, packed with melty mozzarella and prosciutto and flavoured with Italian seasoning, are real crowd pleaser. From this recipe you'll get 12 swirls which are the best straight from the oven.
We haven't met anyone who doesn't like these tasty snack. Our ham and mozzarella pizza swirls are also very popular.
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These swirls use an easy pizza-style dough as the base. We'll be using instant dry yeast to simplify the process.
Just stir the yeast into the flour, then add salt and sugar and stir to combine. Next, add olive oil and start pouring water and stirring continuously until the dough start to form.
Using your hands, start to knead for a minute, then tip onto floured surface and continue to knead for 6-8 minutes. You should get soft, pliable dough.
Leave the dough in a warm place to rise for about 40-50 minutes (it should double in size).
For the filling we've choosen prosciutto and mozzarella, combo which always works great together (see our mozzarella and prosciutto bruschetta).
When paired with salty prosciutto, mild and creamy mozzarella will not disappoint the tastebuds.
We love to use FRESH MOZZARELLA BALLS in our recipes (see our delicious pizza muffins). Fresh mozzarella melts amazingly and gives great milky taste to anything added.
Just be sure to absorb excess moisture from mozzarella. (this is the best done tapping with kitchen towel). Next, chop it into tiny pieces using a sharp knife.
ITALIAN PROSCIUTTO is another star of this recipe. We'll be using thin slices of prosciutto, which we chopped into smaller pieces. Use quality brand of prosciutto, you usually use in your recipes (from your butcher or deli section of your grocery store).
Don't forget to add Italian seasoning (made of oregano, basil, thyme, marjoram, rosemary and sage) which gives refreshing aroma to the swirls. If you don't have this, use you favourite mix of dried herbs.
Once the dough is risen and filling ready, it's time to assemble the swirls.
Just flour the work surface, tip out the dough onto it and gently roll out to a rectangle about 30x20cm.
Scatter chopped mozzarella all over the dough, then repeat the same with prosciutto (leave a narrow border all around the edge). Finally, sprinkle generously with Italian seasoning.
Roll up the dough, like a Swiss roll then using a sharp knife cut into 12 even slices. We'll be baking swirls on the baking sheet (be sure to line it with baking paper).
Arrange slices cut-side up on the sheet (in a 4-by-3 formation), almost touching. Cover with clean kitchen towel and leave for 25-30 minutes to prove.
Finally, brush gently edges of swirls with olive oil and bake in preheated oven until the crust is brown (this will take around 20 minutes). Swirls are crispy when taken from the oven! Enjoy immediately!
Snack them on their own or serve along tomato sauce, which is ideal for dipping these warm swirls!
You will be tempted to eat all swirls, but if by chance you have some leftovers, just wrap them into the foil and reheat in the oven the next day (ideal for brunch).