As I've mentioned before, I love pizza dough because I can use it for so many different recipes. Last week I was trying to come up with something simple and quick for dinner. I had some pizza dough in the freezer, and I wanted to try something new. This recipe is pretty stellar because it tastes a lot like a meatball sandwich without all that mess. 

Side note: You should never have meatball sandwiches when you're trying to impress someone. It's pretty hard to impress when you have cheese stringing out of your mouth and sauce dripping down your face. There's just no pretty way to eat meatball sandwiches or sliders until now.

This has the mozzarella cheese tucked inside a flavorful meatball tucked inside pizza dough. It doesn't get much better or easier to eat than this. We had these for dinner, but they would make a great appetizer, too.  

Meatball Rolls
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1/2 recipe pizza dough (recipe makes 2)
1/3 cup Italian bread crumbs
3 tablespoons fresh parsley
Pinch red pepper flakes
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1 egg
2 tablespoons ketchup
2/3 cup grated parmesan
salt and pepper
1 pound ground beef
2 string cheese sticks cut into 12-14 pieces
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
Italian seasoning
Grated parmesan cheese

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and lightly grease a 9-inch pie plate or cake pan.

In a large bowl, combine the bread crumbs, parsley, red pepper, garlic, onion powder, egg, ketchup, parmesan, and salt and pepper. Add in the ground beef and mix until everything is well combined.

Scoop out 1 tablespoon of the meatball mixture. Place a piece of cheese in the middle and roll the meat around the cheese so the cheese is sealed inside. Repeat until you have 18-20 balls. (You can form the rest of the meat into larger balls and freeze them to use later in spaghetti or meatball sliders.) Refrigerate the meatballs for 10 minutes.

Divide the pizza dough into 18-20 pieces. Take a piece of dough, place the meatball inside it, and wrap the dough around it, pinching the seams to seal. Place the balls seam side down in your pan. When you have all the balls in the plate, brush with 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil and sprinkle italian seasoning and parmesan cheese on top. Bake for 20 minutes.
Meatballs adapted from Giada.


04/10/2012 9:44pm

Ohh, this is such a great idea!! Sounds delish!

04/11/2012 9:23am

These look DELICIOUS!

I love this idea and so would my boys! Thanks!

04/11/2012 9:26am

How cool are those? They look amazing. Thanks for sharing.

04/11/2012 9:41am

What a GREAT idea!!!

04/11/2012 10:00am

This is such a creative idea. They look yummy!

04/11/2012 10:49am

Wow, talk about a light bulb moment. As we speak there is a small amount of leftover pizza dough in my freezer that I keep looking at but not using. There is also ground beef in my fridge that I was going to do "something" with for dinner. Excuse me now while I go defrost dough and make meatballs! :)

04/11/2012 11:42am

Love this idea! I agree, they would make an awesome appetizer.

04/11/2012 11:51am

this is such a brillliant idea! love it!

04/11/2012 12:44pm

These look super delicious. So creative, can't wait to try them out!

04/11/2012 12:58pm

This is a wonderful idea, I love it! I need to make these ASAP

04/11/2012 1:27pm

What a fantastic idea... these would be very kid friendly as well.

Emily A Perfect Pantry
04/11/2012 9:27pm

These look seriously delicious. Almost afraid to make them, they are nice and small so I know I'd end up eating them all in one go!!


This is a great way to serve meatballs! We love finger foods around here and these are just perfect for an appetizer or a meal. Very nice!

04/13/2012 8:44am

These look really tasty. It's a fantastic way of using pizza dough.

04/13/2012 10:16am

How can you tell if the meatballs are cooked through?

She Makes and Bakes
04/13/2012 10:36am

You will start seeing some of the cheese ooze out of the pizza dough at 20 minutes. You could also cut into one and make sure they're done. They're pretty small meatballs, so they'll have no problem cooking through in 20 minutes.

04/13/2012 5:21pm

do the meatballs cook with the pizza dough around them or do you cook before putting the dough on them I want to make but am not sure about them cooking

She Makes and Bakes
04/13/2012 6:02pm

You wrap the dough around the uncooked meatball. The meatball cooks when you bake the whole thing.

Debra Kapellakis
04/13/2012 10:52pm

Never seen anything like. I want to try it. thank you for sharing

04/15/2012 8:30am

So cute! And adaptable (not a huge beef fan). It's like a bite size calzone - love it!


Mmm..These look fabulous! I just love meatballs! Have a fabulous week!

06/01/2012 11:50am

I like your idea of using pizza dough to make meat balls rolls. These are cute snack

07/10/2012 4:14pm

I love this blog layout, where can I download it?

She Makes and Bakes
07/10/2012 5:48pm

Thanks! I got it from Weebly, which is who I have my website through. Check out my resources page for more information...I'm not sure if you can download it anywhere else.

12/19/2012 4:57pm

I just made these with Rhodes Rolls frozen dough. Worked like a charm and already pre-portioned.


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