Pressed Pepperoni Pizza Party Rolls are crispy, cheesy, dippable and perfect make ahead for serving a crowd!
Pressed Pepperoni Pizza Party Rolls are another one the popular party rolls we are obsessed with in the house. For a long time we used to buy pizza appetizers like bagel bites and pizza egg rolls for get togethers when we wanted pizza appetizers but since we made these for a football party a year or so ago, they have become a favorite afternoon snack too!
The concept behind these came from the Cuban Party Rolls I made a couple of months ago. We loved them but thought that the bread was too soft and fluffy. With just a second pan and five seconds of effort we stumbled upon the most deliciously crispy pressed sandwiches ever.
We’ve since made them in all different flavors but these pizza party rolls and the Cuban party rolls are still definitely the most popular flavors. We’ve also eaten more than a healthy share of these at room temperature and can vouch for how awesome they would be as a lunch box meal. Trust me you won’t be going back to your freezer looking for pizza snacks after you’ve had these little sandwiches.
I know most people may not have two of the same size baking pan but you can also use any sort of pyrex cookware. It will make the sandwiches even better if you remember to put the pan in the oven before assembling the sandwiches. The hot pan on top will help crisp up the tops of the sandwiches to get the crispy tops you see below! And don’t worry about sticking, all that melted butter we brush on top will be getting nice and golden brown and will coat the bottom of the second pan.
If you’d like other pizza ideas we also have pizza dip, pepperoni pizza pasta, pepperoni pizza bites, and garlic knots as well as Cinnastix with icing.
- 16 Hawaiian Bread Rolls (This is 1 ⅓ package)
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese , shredded
- 4 ounces sliced pepperoni
- 4 tablespoons butter , melted
- 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1 pinch crushed red pepper
- marinara sauce , for dipping
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees with an ovensafe pan or plate for pressing.
- Cut the rolls through the middle to make them into buns (but cut through it in one sheet without pulling them apart).
- Spread the mayonnaise on the bottom layer of the bread and put the bread into an 8x8 metal square pan.
- Layer the pepperoni and shredded mozzarella cheese.
- Put the bread on top to close the sandwiches.
- Add the crushed red pepper and Italian seasoning to the melted butter and brush it over the tops of the sandwiches.
- Press a second baking pan or heavy dish over the top of the sandwiches and press down with just a bit of force.
- Bake covered for 10 minutes, take foil off and cook an additional two minutes.
- Cut into 16 small sandwiches.
Is the pan size really 8X8?
I used an 8×8 but feel free to use whatever size pan you need to fit your rolls. Enjoy!
I. Love. Pizza. So these are better than that bc they are a sandwich. Thanks for the craving now:)
Haha, sorry! I guess you’ll have to make them now! 😉
We are pizza addicts here, I must give this a try for the family. I think it will make a good weekend type food to make together and then eat all up!
My kids love pizza too and they really loved these! I hope yours enjoy it too!
I love these. I could eat these all day long, every single day, forever and ever.
Haha! While these are delicious, I don’t think it would be healthy to eat only these sandwiches!
Delicious. However I’m on my way to check out your Cinnastix because cinnamon is my biggest weakness.
Thanks, Lee! I hope you enjoy those too!
Those look AMAZING!!!! I love that they are made with Hawaiian rolls – that would add a bit of sweetness!
You’re right! That’s why I love using them!
Oh my goodness! You can’t go wrong with pizza party rolls. These looks delicious!
I’m totally making these the next time we’re craving pizza 😀 I can’t stop gazing at that the deliciously buttery bread!
Thanks, Chrisy! I hope you like them!
These look so good and would make a good dish for a party.
Thanks, Jenn! I actually made them for a party and they were perfect!
Holy heck these look amazing and Hawaiian rolls are one of my favorites. These would make a great addition to any party or barbecue.
As far as party food goes, this is probably one of the best party sandwiches I’ve made! 🙂
Oh, these look delectable. Perfect to dip too, I love it.
I am about to go make these for the BatMan ! So easy and so rewarding for a tiny effort. Perfect !
These look so good!! What a great option for a party food, my husband would love it!
I think you might have a difficult time trying to find someone who wouldn’t love it!
Ahh! These look delicious! I love how you’ve made them pressed – great idea! I can imagine these could step in when you have a pizza craving, too!
Thank you, Patricia! These really do capture pizza flavors perfectly!
I am so making these tonight! I am having a few friends over to watch Fuller House and these will be the perfect snack! To think I was going to spend $20 on a pepperoni pizza when I could make these instead!
Glad I could help! I hope you and your friends enjoy the food and the show!
I love this idea. They will be perfect for a baby shower I am planning!
Thanks, Melissa! Congrats to the future new mom!
I applaud your commitment to all things pizza. Something about that squished Hawaiian bread that makes appetizers completely irresistible.
If you haven’t tried using Hawaiian bread for a sandwich, you’re missing out!
Thanks for the idea I needed something for dinner tonight and this is perfect. We usually do a pizza Friday but I like this better.
Thanks! This is a perfect pizza substitute!
Looks easy and delicious! Great idea!
When I was pregnant with my second child, I pretty much ate pizza every day. Pizza will always remind me of her! Can’t wait to try this one with her.
Sounds great! My kids loved these too!
Do you leave the top pan on while baking? These sound like something we would love!
yes, the top pan stays on 🙂 Hope you love them!