I’d like to think I am a pretty original person, but in this case I am completely guilty of SWH [otherwise known as shopping while hungry]. I happen to be walking down the frozen aisle of the grocery store innocently enough, looking for French green beans and I walked right past some pepperoni pizza rolls that I had to convince myself I didn’t need. Don’t get me wrong, I am completely guilty of eating way too many Cheddar and Sour Cream Ruffles every so often, but as a general rule I try to stay away from certain additives in foods when I can. In this case the main culprit? Nitrates and Nitrites. The pepperoni in that box has nitrates. When I first got pregnant I did a lot of research into the do’s and dont’s of pregnancy eating and came across a lot of research about nitrates/nitrites. Scary stuff. Since then we are 99% free of the stuff, with the exception of when we order pizza when we are out and we have no control over it. Rant over.
Anyway, so I keep going through my shopping list and even through the checkout stand I could not get the pizza rolls out of my head. I put the groceries in the trunk and ran back into the store to buy some pepperoni and I was in business! An hour after we got home and the groceries were put away both kids were napping away. The pepperoni was calling my name and I got to work!
First I chopped up the pepperoni and some of my daughter’s mozzarella sticks. Then I mixed in a couple of tablespoons of a marinara sauce I keep portions of in our deep freeze. Added in a teaspoon of Italian seasoning and pinch of red pepper flakes and we were ready to roll!Get your wonton wrappers ready to go! Put about a tablespoon of filling inside the wrapper. Wrap lightly but make sure you have a good seal. I stuck them in the freezer for an hour before frying them to get the insides a bit colder. You don’t want them in the oil for that long because the cheese will start bubbling inside and the risk of busting the wrapper grows the longer it stays in the oil.
Fry in 375 degree canola oil until they are browned. Serve with marinara sauce or ranch dressing. I won’t judge you. I definitely did NOT eat them with both. Ok, fine. I did.
Homemade Totino's Pepperoni Pizza Crispy Rolls
- Course: Appetizer
- Cuisine: American
- Author: Dinner, then Dessert
- 24 wonton wrappers
- 5 mozzarella sticks or 1/2 cup shredded cheese
- 4 oz pepperoni , chopped [thick cut is best for replicating those delicious pepperoni cubes]
- 2 tablespoons marinara sauce
- pinch of crushed red pepper
- 1 tsp of Italian seasoning
- Canola oil for frying
- Marinara sauce for dipping
- Ranch sauce for dipping
Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.
Chop the pepperoni and the mozzarella sticks if you scrounged like I did. Otherwise use the 1/2 cup shredded cheese.
Mix in a couple of tablespoons of a marinara sauce.
Add in a teaspoon of Italian seasoning and pinch of red pepper flakes.
Get your wonton wrappers on a cutting board.
Put about a tablespoon of filling inside the wrapper.
Wrap lightly but make sure you have a good seal.
Stick them in the freezer for an hour before frying them to get the insides a bit colder.
You don't want them in the oil for that long because the cheese will start bubbling inside and the risk of busting the wrapper grows the longer it stays in the oil.
Fry in 375 degree canola oil until they are browned.
Serve with marinara sauce and/or ranch dressing.
Yield: 0 , Amount per serving: calories
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