Pizza poppers with marinara sauce

By Matt Dean Pettit
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SERVES
16
 TO
24

Ingredients

  • 2 cups mozzarella, grated
  • 1⁄2 cup pepperoni
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 large ball of pizza dough
  • 2 cups pizza sauce
  • 1 cup grated parmesan
  • 2 tablespoon chopped parsley, dried
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Canola oil, for frying
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted

Marinara Sauce

  • 2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 small bay leaf
  • Salt and fresh black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon oregano, dried
  • Small bunch fresh basil, finely chopped

Directions

  1. Heat oil in a deep pot to 375°F.
  2. In a large bowl mix together cheese, pepperoni, and oregano. 
  3. Roll out pizza dough balls about the size of gold ball 
  4. Place 1 teaspoon pizza sauce in the centre and top with about 1 tablespoon of the cheese mix. Fold and roll dough ball to seal and close. 
  5. When the oil is hot, carefully fry each dough ball until golden brown. 
  6. Lightly brush each ball while hot with the melted butter.
  7. Meanwhile, in a small bowl mix together parmesan, parsley, garlic powder.
  8. Toss the hot dough balls until coated in the parmesan, parsley mixture and serve hot.

For marinara sauce

  1. Add oil to a medium pot, over medium heat. 
  2. Add garlic and cook down for 1/2 minutes. 
  3. Add crushed tomatoes, salt, pepper, oregano, and bay leaf. Stir and reduce heat to low. 
  4. Cover and let simmer about 15 – 20 minutes. 
  5. Remove from heat and add fresh chopped basil, mix well and serve.

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