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Thu, Mar 24 2011 post by Lisa

Featured Recipe: Garlic Mozzarella Rolls

Do you need something to spice up spaghetti night? Or a fabulous new appetizer? Then you won't want to miss these little bundles of cheesy goodness by Rhodes blogger Lisa. Click here t...

On a Sunday morning I threw a bag of Rhodes frozen white dinner rolls in the fridge to thaw. Sunday afternoon the kids were all being siblings and sharing their enthusiasm for each other (wink wink)  so I thought we should get together and make a little Rhodes Magic.  I had all the ingredients on hand to make Garlic Mozzarella Rolls. Who does not love bread and cheese? Bread and cheese!!! YUMMY!!!

Ingredients

  • 12 Rhodes™ Dinner Rolls, thawed but still cold
  • 12 ounce block of mozzarella cheese, cut into 12 equal cubes
  • butter, olive oil or beaten egg
  • 2 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons oregano flakes
  • marinara sauce

Enjoy these Garlic Mozzarella Rolls with Rhodes Dinner Rolls.

 

Instructions

 We took out the thawed Rhodes dinner rolls and the kids helped me flatten out a bunch of 4 inch circles. (The kids smashing the rolls out on the counter helped them to not smash each other.)

Enjoy these Garlic Mozzarella Rolls with Rhodes Dinner Rolls.

 

We cubed 12 ounces of mozzarella cheese into 12 1-ounce cubes. I like things to be exact, as you can see by the measuring of each one on my food scale.

Enjoy these Garlic Mozzarella Rolls with Rhodes Dinner Rolls.

 

We placed each cube of cheese in the center of each flattened roll.

Enjoy these Garlic Mozzarella Rolls with Rhodes Dinner Rolls.

 

Then we pulled the top and bottom of the roll together and next the left and right side of the roll together. We pinched the dough tight to make a little package of cheese happiness. Who could not use a little extra happiness?

Enjoy these Garlic Mozzarella Rolls with Rhodes Dinner Rolls.

 

After spraying a cookie sheet with non stick spray, we placed each little package seam side down on a baking sheet and then covered it with plastic wrap. We needed to let them rise till double in size. This is the hard part for the little ones - having to wait for them to rise before we can place them in the oven.

Enjoy these Garlic Mozzarella Rolls with Rhodes Dinner Rolls.

 

While they were rising, we mixed together all these yummy Italian seasonings.

Enjoy these Garlic Mozzarella Rolls with Rhodes Dinner Rolls.

 

After the rising time, we brushed each roll with EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) because it seemed a little more Italian. I am sure butter would taste great also. Next we sprinkled the seasoning on top of each roll. *Next time, I might use a little less on each roll, since it was a little strong for the children.

Enjoy these Garlic Mozzarella Rolls with Rhodes Dinner Rolls.

 

After the rolls came out of the oven, I was very surprised by our pinching ability as none of the cheese leaked out of the rolls. So remember to tell the children to pinch hard (on the roll of course, not their siblings).

Enjoy these Garlic Mozzarella Rolls with Rhodes Dinner Rolls.

 

We all loved them! They were a great hit. It was just as good as ordering garlic cheese bread at your favorite Italian restaurant.

Enjoy these Garlic Mozzarella Rolls with Rhodes Dinner Rolls.

 

We served them with marinara sauce. You can open a jar of store bought marinara or, if you have a little extra time, here is a homemade red sauce you can make. My family loves it and we use for everything from pizza to pasta and everything in between. It makes a lot and we like to freeze it in smaller amounts to have for future meals.

Sauce:
1 T Oil (I like Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
1 tsp salt
1/4 C onion, diced
1 can whole tomatoes (sometimes we use fire roasted tomatoes)
1 can tomato sauce
1 bay leaf (remove after cooking and before blending)
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp oregano

Combine all ingredients and bring to a boil. Continue cooking on low heat for 2 hours (it is worth it) stirring often to prevent sticking. Remove from the heat and allow it to cool slightly. Blend in the blender until smooth.  So Yummy!


Enjoy these Garlic Mozzarella Rolls with Rhodes Dinner Rolls.

Until next time...
Happy Baking!



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Garlic Mozzarella Rolls

Servings: 12 | Skills: Beginning | Prep Time: 20 min (not including thaw time) | Bake Time: 20 min

Little bundles of cheesy goodness! Perfect as an appetizer served with marinara sauce or try them with your favorite Italian entree.

Garlic Mozzarella Rolls
4.4 / 5  (7 votes, 4 reviews )

Ingredients

16 Rhodes Yeast Dinner Rolls, thawed but still cold
16 ounce block of mozzarella cheese, cut into 16 equal cubes
butter, olive oil or beaten egg
2 teaspoons garlic salt
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
2 teaspoons oregano flakes
marinara sauce

Instructions

Flatten each dinner roll into a 4-inch circle and place a cheese cube in the middle. Bring the edges together and pinch firmly to seal completely. Place seam side down on a sprayed baking sheet. Cover with sprayed plastic wrap and let rise until double in size.

In a bowl, combine garlic salt, Italian seasoning and oregano until well combined. Remove plastic wrap from rolls and brush each one with butter, olive oil, or beaten egg.

Sprinkle with seasoning mixture. Bake at 350°F 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

Remove from oven and serve hot with warm marinara sauce.

4 Comments

Steph said on Mar 26, 2011
Looks so yummy! Thanks for the marinara sauce recipe too. :)
Janelle said on Mar 26, 2011
Oh delicious! Gooey cheese and bread! Definitely on my "must try" list!
Yvonne @ TriedandTasty said on Mar 25, 2011
This looks amazing. I love cheese AND bread - so this speaks to my tummy!!! Can't wait to try it :)
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