Saturday, November 03, 2012

Saturday Favorites

Tried a couple of things from Pinterest this week again finally! 

First up, Pumpkin Seeds!  I know, it's a bit late to talk about Pumpkin seeds!  BUT, maybe you're like me and you STILL have one or two pumpkins that were never carved just leering at you to carve them?!  

These were very easy!  Scoop out all the gunk.  Wash and separate in cold water.  The "gunk" and the seeds tend to separate easily with the seeds floating to the top ready to be scooped out by hand.  Lay them to dry on a baking sheet with paper towels or towels underneath.  Once dry you're ready to begin.

We made two different batches, one with cinnamon sugar and one with sea salt.

For the cinnamon sugar I mixed the seeds in a bowl with a Tbs of olive oil.  They were then laid out on a clean baking sheet.  I sprinkled with cinnamon and then for an even more festive touch I sprinkled with not just regular sugar, but large orange sugar granules.  Bake at 400 degrees for about 15-18 minutes and they're good to go!

For the sea salt the method is the same, but instead of cinnamon and sugar they were sprinkled with sea salt.  I actually under salted this year and should have added more!

And finally we made Pepperoni Rolls, a recipe I've been dying to try!  They were very very easy and all four of us LOVED them!

You will need:
frozen white bread dough (I found and used Rhodes brand) - 1 1/2 loaves fed us FULL
shredded mozzarella
shredded parmesan
pepperoni (can use regular pepperoni as I did or sandwich size from the deli)
garlic powder 
Italian seasoning
(Optional: pizza sauce to dip)

I made three loaves and have two left over but as I said above we only made it through about 1 1/2 loaves.  I'm anxious to see how these fare as cold sandwiches or reheated!

Start by laying out the loaves you'll be using on a baking sheet, brushing some oil on top, and covering with plastic wrap.  The oil will allow the bread to rise without sticking.  Leave it alone for a few hours. (I left them for 3)

After the time the dough will have risen slightly.  Take out one at a time and roll it to about an 11 in by 11 in square.

Brush on oil then layer on the pepperoni and shredded cheeses.

Sprinkle with Italian seasoning and garlic powder.

Roll up the dough to form the pepperoni roll.  Place on a slightly greased baking sheet and brush melted butter on top.

Bake at 375 degree for 15-25 minutes.  Oven times for this vary heavily so be sure to check after the 15 min mark.  You will want a golden brown crust that makes a sound when tapped by a knife or your fingernail.

Allow to cool for 8-10 minutes before slicing.  Add pizza sauce on the side for dipping if you'd like and ENJOY!

Original pin found HERE.


rosedel said...

I have a friend who makes these at Christmas to give as gifts. I have reheated them in the oven, slices in the microwave. I love this bread. Oh, she always makes them ahead and freezes them, so I know they are great defrosted!

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