Pizza Balls

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Although these have an interesting name, pizza balls, I assure you, they were seriously delicious and easy {and cheaper than take out}. I am for sure going to make these more often.

Enjoy!

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Ingredients

  • 4 ounces mild ground pork sausage, such as Jimmy Dean
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable or olive oil
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped pepperoni slices
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup drained and chopped jarred sun-dried tomatoes
  • 3/4 teaspoon each dried oregano and Italian seasoning
  • 1 16.3-ounce package refrigerated biscuit dough
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (about 2 ounces)
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups marinara sauce or pizza sauce, warm

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Cook the sausage in a medium skillet over medium-high heat until crumbly and crispy, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to drain
  2. Transfer the cooled sausage to a bowl and add the mozzarella, pepperoni, basil, tomatoes and 1/2 teaspoon of the oregano and all the Italian seasoning; stir to combine.
  3. Separate the biscuit dough. Using a rolling-pin, roll out each biscuit on a lightly floured surface until the biscuits triple in size (about 5 inches in diameter). Brush the edges of the dough rounds with a small amount of beaten egg then scoop 1/4 cup of the sausage mixture into the center of each biscuit.
  4. Gather the dough edges around the sausage mixture to form a pocket, and squeeze to seal. Roll them around gently on the cutting board so they form a ball. Repeat with the remaining biscuits.
  5. Lightly grease a baking sheet with cooking spray. Put the pizza balls on the sheet seam-side down and gently roll them around to lightly coat with cooking spray. Brush the pizza balls with the remaining beaten egg and sprinkle each ball with about 1 tablespoon of Parmesan, some black pepper and the remaining oregano.
  6. Bake until the dough is golden brown and fully cooked, 22-25 minutes. Serve with the warm marinara sauce.

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{After dinner}

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