Apologies for being absent for a few weeks....let's just blame it on the cold and move on, shall we? Actually, I did receive some stunning news that has had me walking on air lately---Better Recipes picked my Peanut Butter Cup Banana Bread as the 2013 Best Recipe Ever! Woot Woot! You all must know by now that I'm a recipe contest freak (as evidenced by all of my brags to the right ----->) and Better Recipes has been especially good to me. If you aren't familiar with the site, you should check them out...this year they've got a monthly recipe contest, with different themes each month!
Several years ago, I entered and won an appetizer recipe on MixingBowl.com (Mixing Bowl has since become a part of Better Recipes). The recipe, Cheesy Pepperoni Blossoms, was a spur of the moment invention. At the time, I thought it was too simple to be a contender. Now, not only do I see pictures of various pinwheels all over Pinterest, it was a Loaded Potato Pinwheel that won $1 Million at the Pillsbury Bake-Off! Why not? They are simple and oh-so-tasty...
So, what better time is there to dust off this recipe? Game Day is upon us--let me present to you my Cheesy Pepperoni Blossoms.....
Cheesy Pepperoni Blossoms
1 roll (11 oz) thin crust pizza dough
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried basil
salt/pepper to taste
36 slices of pepperoni
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.; line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone liner.
Unroll pizza dough onto baking sheet. Spread olive oil evenly over the dough. Sprinkle with garlic powder, basil, salt and pepper. Top with pepperoni and shredded cheese.
I don't worry too much about getting the slices perfectly even...they all bake up nice and pretty...
Beginning with the long side, roll the pizza dough up, jelly roll style. Pinch the seam closed and slice into 18 slices. Place the slices cut side down back on the baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 13-15 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is bubbling.
Don't they look like little blossoms?
What's your favorite Game Day recipe?