Romance Cooks

Phyllo Pizza Rolls – Leigh Ellwood

I tend to want to snack as I write, and when I face down a deadline I usually buy a box of Pizza Rolls and tear through them. This is bad – a box of 15 can total about 12-14 points on the new Weight Watchers plan. This recipe I modified yielded 10 rolls at 7 points!


Pizza Rolls - Leigh Ellwood

Ingredient List

Phyllo sheets, thawed

Pizza sauce

Low-fat mozzarella cheese sticks

No-fat cooking spray

If you’ve never worked with phyllo before, be warned it is very delicate and you don’t want it to dry out. If your pack is frozen, make sure you set it out to thaw completely before unrolling, otherwise it will crack.

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2) Spray a muffin tin with the cooking spray. I have a mini-muffin tin – you can use a cookie sheet, but I find this is better in case the dough cracks while baking and the filling leaks.

3) Grate the mozzarella and set aside. You can use any type of cheese for this – I use the prepackage sticks to keep track of points.

4) Carefully lay one sheet of phyllo on a cutting board and spray. Set another sheet on top. (keep the rest of the dough wrapped so it doesn’t dry out.)

5) Cut the dough into quarters. In the middle of each rectangle, spoon some pizza sauce and add some of the grated cheese. You may want to experiment with other "toppings" like chopped up pepperoni or bacon.

6) Fold the long ends of each rectangle over the sauce mixture, then fold back the ends over the bottom of the pouch so the wrap resembles a pizza roll. Set gently in a sprayed muffin cup.

7) Repeat until you have made as many as you plan to eat/share. I used five sheets, one cheese stick, and about 1/2 cup of sauce to make ten rolls.

8) Bake about 8-10 minutes. Enjoy!

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