Pizza Wheels

Hypothetically speaking, say you have a two door car. Said car is about 8 years old. You've owned said car for 7 years. It has been great to you, but you had a baby about a year ago and getting baby in and out of a two door car is annoying. To say the least. The plan is to replace the car when your husband graduates from school and starts working, hopefully within 7-9 months. Then imagine that said car needs new tires, new brakes and is closing in on 100,000 miles. Do you pull the plug and trade it in? Or do you put the maintenance into it?

As you might have guess from the hypothetical example, this has been the stress on my mind for the past week or so. I hate making big decisions involving money. And cars. Somehow, no matter what I do, I always feel like someone is out to rip me off when it comes to cars. Does anyone else feel this way? I'm not normally a paranoid person.

I'm getting my mind off this dilemma by deep breathing exercises, walks around the block (hooray for nice weather) and these pizza wheels. Because seriously, how can you be stressed when you get to eat something this fun for dinner? As you might imagine, they are basically the goodness of pizza, all wrapped up in a cute roll. It makes for a great dinner or an equally great appetizer. They are slightly different from pizza in that you season a tomato paste instead of using a tomato sauce. The tomato paste is thicker and stays in a wheel shape much better than a sauce would. It gives them a more tomato-y flavor than pizza, though, so be warned if you are not a tomato fan. They also use less cheese than you'd find on a pizza, so they are a little healthier. (Or so I tell myself when I eat four at a time.) The fillings are what make the wheels, in my mind. Ham and fresh pineapple are delicious in them, or try some mini pepperoni or cooked sausage. Or a combination of the two. It's a great chance to be creative and use up leftovers from the fridge.

Pizza Wheels

HeatOvenTo350 Published 05/10/2013
Pizza Wheels


  • 2 2/3 cups flour plus extra for kneading and rolling
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2/3 cup tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram or basil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion*
  • 3/4 cup diced fresh pineapple* 
  • 3/4 cup diced ham*
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine flour, salt and yeast. Stir in milk and olive oil.
  2. Turn out dough onto a floured surface and knead until well combined and smooth. Shape into a ball, cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 10 minutes.
  3. Roll out dough on a floured surface to a 12x18 inch rectangle. Stir together tomato paste with oregano, marjoram, garlic and honey and spread tomato paste over dough surface.
  4. Evenly spread onion, pineapple, ham and cheddar cheese over rectangle.
  5. Starting on the long side of the dough rectangle, roll the dough jelly roll-style and slice into 16 slices. Place each slice on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake until cooked through and starting to brown, about 22-27 minutes.
  6. Serve warm.
*Note: The filling is what makes these rolls. If you don't like ham and pineapple, try 1 cup mini pepperoni, or 1 cup crumbled sausage. You could also make this vegetarian with 3/4 cup sauteed mushrooms and 3/4 cup cooked chopped green peppers. Be creative!

Yield: 16 wheels
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook time: 25 min
Recipe Source: Adapted from wholefoodsmarket.com

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Yum! These look absolutely delicious. I know my family would go crazy over these!

I had the same issue with my last car. It started breaking down with some issue or another every month or so and it would be $500+ to fix. It sucked! We didn't have the money but we decided to take the plunge anyway. Not sure if you have one near you, but if you're looking to get a used car we had a really great experience at Carmax. They took our old car as the down payment and even shipped us the car we wanted from another state when they didn't have the right color/year on their lot. Anyway, I hope you guys get it figured out!

These pizza rolls look delish. I'm usually too lazy to make a whole pizza because I hate dealing with letting the dough rise but these sound a lot faster.

Ugh, car issues are the worst, and I'm with you - I always, always think I'm being ripped off. If you are definitely planning to get a new car when your hubs graduates, I'd try to find a way to buy it now instead. It'd really hurt to put all that money into the current car just to get rid of it in a few months.

These pizza rolls have my husband's name written all over them. I haven't made homemade pizza in forever, he's been craving it big time :)

These remind me of something my mom used to make when I was a kid: "tuna roll-ups." It just might be time to revamp that old recipe. Thanks for the inspiration!

Oooh, that sounds like a fun dish. I hope you post it when you finish the revamp!

Yum! These sound so creative and tasty. I'd love to try them out with veggie sausage and mushrooms. mmmm.

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