College Eats: Pizza Roses!

Alexa CherryBY ALEXA CHERRY
For the UAS Whalesong

If you have a Pinterest account – or even if you’ve spent any time on the internet looking for fun recipes – it’s entirely possible that you’ve seen something called “apple roses.” Little more than puff pastries, jam, and apple slices rolled up and stuffed into muffin tins, apple roses are a fortunate case of something looking very fancy and complex but turning out to actually be super easy. (This is one of my favorite kind of things). But, as the title might imply, this is not a recipe for apple roses; this is a recipe for pizza roses, which are essentially the same thing but also entirely different. And even easier, because pepperoni comes pre-sliced!

In order to make this delicious, and also QUICK, FAST, AND EASY snack/lunch/dinner (depending on how much you want), you will need:

1 frozen puff pastry sheet, THAWED (you can find these in the frozen foods section at Fred Meyer’s)

1 package of pepperoni

1 package of shredded cheese

1 container of red sauce that you want to spread on your pizza

A muffin tin (for large     muffins)

Butter or PAM (for greasing the muffin tin)

Once you have your ingredients, gather them together and commence the following!

1. Thaw your puff pastry! It will take a while, about 30 minutes, so let that sit out and go do homework or something.

2. This depends on how many pizza roses you want, but you’re going to want to cut each sheet into slices that are roughly one and a half inches wide at the ends.

3. Optional: take a roller to your puff pastry! This helps if you are impatient and it’s not completely thawed and you need it to be softer.

4. Spoon your selected sauce over the length of your pastry. Not too liberally – we’re not making actual pizza, but you do want to be able to taste it.

5. Layer pepperoni slices along one edge. You want them to be half-on and half-off the pastry, so you can roll them up but they can still be seen.

6. Sprinkle cheese over the whole shebang (also optional, for people with dairy allergies! I know this is shocking news, but pizza can still be good without cheese)

7. Fold up the bottom of the pastry sheet so that it contains the cheese and is holding the pepperoni in place

8. From one edge, roll the whole thing up into a little rose!

9. Place in a well-greased muffin tin (with the pepperoni facing up), and repeat until you have as many as you want/need

10. Stick it in the oven at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes! Or until it looks crispy and fully cooked, whichever you prefer.

11. Remove from the oven, let cool, and then consume! Or just consume them straight away – you might burn your mouth and fingers, but it’s pizza and you’re a hungry college student. I understand.

I hope you enjoyed this recipe! I saw a video for it on Facebook, and if you’d like to see the same one I tracked it down at

http://www.zestvip.com/rc/recipe-pretty-cheese-pizza-roses/?utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=social-o.

(This includes the video as well as a step-by-step recipe, to assist the kitchen-challenged.) Ideally, this will be delicious and also save you a lot of money on the Domino’s front. I wish you luck.

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