Pressed Pepperoni Pizza Party Rolls

Pressed Pepperoni Pizza Party Rolls are crispy, cheesy, dippable and perfect make ahead for serving a crowd!

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 pastapepperoni pizza bites, and garlic knots as well as Cinnastix with icing.

Pressed Pepperoni Pizza Party Rolls are crispy, cheesy, dippable and perfect make ahead for serving a crowd!

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Pressed Pepperoni Pizza Party Rolls

Pressed Pepperoni Pizza Party Rolls are crispy, cheesy, dippable and perfect make ahead for serving a crowd!
Yield 16
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder

Ingredients
 

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 194kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 300mg | Potassium: 25mg | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 135IU | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 0.2mg
Keyword: pepperoni pizza sliders, Pressed Pepperoni Pizza Party Rolls

Pressed Pepperoni Pizza Party Rolls are crispy, cheesy, dippable and perfect make ahead for serving a crowd!

Pressed Pepperoni Pizza Party Rolls are crispy, cheesy, dippable and perfect make ahead for serving a crowd!
Pressed Pepperoni Pizza Party Rolls are crispy, cheesy, dippable and perfect make ahead for serving a crowd!

About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the upcoming cookbook: Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients which is being published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. I. Love. Pizza. So these are better than that bc they are a sandwich. Thanks for the craving now:)

  2. 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!

  3. I’m totally making these the next time we’re craving pizza 😀 I can’t stop gazing at that the deliciously buttery bread!

  4. Holy heck these look amazing and Hawaiian rolls are one of my favorites. These would make a great addition to any party or barbecue.

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. I applaud your commitment to all things pizza. Something about that squished Hawaiian bread that makes appetizers completely irresistible.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.