Score big on game day with stuffed pizza sticks! These savory delights feature crispy dough, gooey cheese, and your favorite toppings, perfect for snacking while cheering on your team. Game day just got tastier!
Stuffed pizza sticks are a delightful twist on traditional pizza that’s perfect for a quick and savory snack. These pizza sticks are not only incredibly easy to make but also customizable, allowing you to tailor them to your taste preferences. Serve them with marinara sauce for dipping, and you’ve got a mouthwatering snack that’s sure to be a hit at parties or as an appetizer for a casual dinner.
The beauty of stuffed pizza sticks lies in their versatility. Whether you prefer a classic combination of mozzarella cheese and pepperoni or want to experiment with unique fillings like BBQ chicken and cheddar, the possibilities are endless. You can even make a vegetarian version with spinach, mushrooms, and feta for a healthier twist. Stuffed pizza sticks are a crowd-pleasing treat that combines the best of pizza flavors with the convenience of finger food, making them an ideal choice for game days, movie nights, or anytime you’re craving a tasty snack with a pizza-inspired twist.
Why You’ll Love Stuffed Pizza Sticks:
- Customizable: add whatever toppings you love! Keep it simple with cheese and pepperoni, or add in veggies and meats as you please! There is something for everyone with this recipe.
- Easy: with a very few ingredients, this recipe packs a punch! Easy to shop for, easy to execute…this recipe is a host’s dream.
- Fun: a great dish to serve at any fun gathering! Perfect for Sunday night football, or for a fun family dinner, everyone will love this dish!
Ingredients You’ll Need for Stuffed Pizza Sticks:
- Mozzarella cheese
- Pizza sauce
- frozen white bread dough
- AND/OR YOUR favorite pizza toppings 🙂
Helpful Kitchen Tools
My family hasn’t got much of an adventurous streak when it comes to pizza toppings. I pretty much like everything except little fish and fruit on my pizza. They like: pepperoni. Yup, thats it. Pepperoni. Sometimes they don’t even want to go that far. So I really really really recommend that you use whatever pizza toppings your family likes to make this a custom recipe just for you.
With just one small jar of pizza sauce you’ll have plenty left over for dipping. I usually get the generic but this is what I had on hand today.
How to Make Stuffed Pizza Sticks:
You have to thaw your bread dough before starting on this.
There are a few different thawing instructions on the package but I usually just put it on a big plate, cover it, and let it sit out a bit. Squeeze it real good and when you can’t feel a hard spot in the center anymore you’re good to go.
Place the dough on a floured surface. I just pull out a piece of waxed paper for easier cleanup when I’m done.
Putting some muscle into it, roll that out into a rectangle.
My rectangle is about fourteen inches long and about nine to ten inches wide (or so). There isn’t a science to this, just roll it out until you get tired of fooling with it and it’ll be fine.
Trust me, you will eventually get tired of it – this dough is gonna fight ya a bit.
***Here’s a rolling pin that will make your fight a little easier!
Spread some pizza sauce over the dough.
I’m spreading about maybe 1/3 a cup or so…just go with what works for you.
Sprinkle your pizza toppings over the sauce.
I’m using pepperoni and cheese only because my family prefers it, but if left to my own devices, I’d add in banana peppers, bell peppers, onions, sausage, bacon, ham, mushrooms and a little additional Italian Seasoning for good measure! I like my stuffed pizza sticks to be stuffed with ingredients!
Sprinkle about a cup and a half of mozzarella over that.
If you don’t have that much, just use what you have. You can also add more if you like.
And if you have cheddar on hand and no mozzarella, roll with it.
Now we’re gonna roll over one of those sides like this.
Then wet your finger and run it along the edge of the other side.
This will help it stick together when we finish rolling it up.
Roll that over and press down a bit.
Wet the edges on the end and fold those up as well until it looks something like this.
Now place that whole loaf seam side down in a greased baking dish or on a baking sheet.
At this point you are supposed to spray plastic wrap with cooking spray and then cover your loaf. This is to keep the wrap from sticking to the bread dough as it rises. I just cut out the middle man and lightly spray my loaf itself, then cover the entire dish with a film of plastic wrap.
Let that rise in a warm place for about an hour or two. Rise until your stuffed pizza stick loaf has about doubled.
Oh, I get asked a lot where I let my bread dough rise. In the summertime, I let it rise outside. In the winter time, I turn the oven on 350 for about five minutes, then turn it off and open the door. When I can reach in and its just a little warm (not hot), I put it inside. If the oven rack feels hot, I put my pan on top of a cookie sheet first so I don’t risk it cooking a bit on the bottom. I then shut the door – make sure the oven is off before you do any of this of course.
Okay, this is what I mean by “noticeably bigger”.
I left it sitting out for about an hour and a half while I ran an errand and this is good enough for me!
Now take a knife (I find that a serrated one works best, like a plain old steak knife) and cut diagonal slits in the loaf.
Beat an egg in a separate bowl. This is what is going to give our stuffed pizza sticks that gorgeous golden appearance when we pull it out of the oven so take a brush of some sort (I have used a spoon and even my hands when I didn’t have one though) and brush beaten egg all over the loaf.
Place this in a 350 degree oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until golden and gorgeous.
Like this. Isn’t that a thing of beauty?
If it were me, I’d serve the stuffed pizza sticks like that and cut it after everyone had time to “ooh” and “ahh”
When ready to eat, just cut into segments about an inch or inch and a half wide an serve alongside the remaining pizza sauce for dipping.
Now that you have those other two loaves of frozen bread dough, if you REALLY wanna impress folks, mosey on over to my Homemade Cinnabuns – The Easy Way post and put it to heavenly use!
- 1 Loaf frozen bread dough thawed (I use Rhode's- it comes in three packs)
- 1 Jar Pizza sauce some for bread some for dipping
- 1-2 Cups Mozzarella
- Your favorite toppings Be creative and make this for your family's taste!*
- Thaw bread dough completely. Roll out on floured surface until it is a rectangle approximately 14 inches wide by eight or ten inches tall (this is just to give you an idea, just eyeball it and you'll be fine). Spread with 1/3-1/2 cup pizza sauce. Sprinkle with pizza toppings and cheese. Wet the edges and fold up sides and ends to seal into a loaf. Place seam side down in a lightly greased baking dish and lightly spray top of loaf with cooking spray. Cover with cling wrap and place in warm place to allow to rise for 1-2 hours, or until doubled.
- Remove plastic wrap and place in 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown. Allow to cool slightly and then slice in 1-1/2 inch segments and serve with the remaining pizza sauce.
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