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So – the badass Miles Miller was in town for Christmas. Those of you that know him and my regular readers know that he lives almost exclusively on meat. I eat none. So, meals can be tricky. But these roll-ups proved to be a perfect compromise. He made his with real sausage & I used vegan ones. Problem solved.
These are really easy & be customized to suit almost all tastes. Vegan? Use vegan cheese. Want some veggies? Add chopped spinach – like the filling I used in my Sausage and Spinach Stuffed Shells (Vegan – Vegetarian – Or Not).
You could add anything, really. Just saute your selections with whatever sausage you are using. I used a homemade pasta sauce and I have posted lots of recipes in the past for sauce. HERE is a 5 minute arrabiata (spicy red sauce) and HERE is a marinara. You can make a sauce or use your favorite brand.
I used homemade pizza dough – from this recipe HERE. You can use that (I use it the same day despite the instructions) or make another kind or use a store bought variety.
This post is really just a guide rather than a recipe. The ingredients are up to you as is the quantity you use – of sausage or cheese or sauce. Whatever you decide to do – I can promise these will be crowd pleasers.
Sausage Pizza Roll-Ups – Vegetarian or Vegan or Not!
Two of these little roll-ups will typically feed one person. One recipe here can be cut up to make 6-7 roll-ups.
2 sausages – (vegan or not) – sliced
1 pinch fennel
1 tsp dry oregano
1 TBS crushed red pepper (optional)
2 garlic cloves – minced
Grated cheese (I used a Mexican mix) – (vegan or not)
Mozzarella – sliced – (vegan or not)
Flour to roll the dough out on
Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
Saute the sliced up sausages. If using vegan ones – you will need olive oil to keep them from sticking. If using real sausage – adding spices might not be necessary but I think they REALLY help the vegan sausage. If you care to – add the fennel & oregano & crushed red pepper. Once the sausage is browned & ready to go – add the garlic & saute another minute but be VERY careful not to burn the garlic. Burned garlic is bitter.
Roll out your dough on a floured surface. Roll it pretty thin. Top with sauce (reserving some sauce to serve with the roll-ups) & sausage & grated cheese. Roll up & slice.
Place the roll-ups in a pie pan (or other pan) treated with cooking spray. I then sprayed the rolls themselves to aid in browning them. Add some grated cheese.
Bake for about 30 minutes or until they just begin to brown.
Warm the extra red sauce on the stove.
Take the roll-ups out & top with mozzarella & cook another 10 minutes or so or until the cheese is properly melted.
Serve with warmed red sauce & chopped fresh basil. Bust out the bag of wine & get down to the serious business of chowing the fuck down.