Quick “Pizza” Rolls from Sicily

  • Quick “Pizza” Rolls from Sicily
By Jim Feldman
Quick 'Pizza' Rolls from Sicily
Serves: Varies Cuisine: Sicilian

Here is fast, fun and delicious treat that you can make in no time flat. I learned this in the home of a close friend I visited in Italy recently. She is originally from Sicily, though she lives in the north now, and she makes magic in her kitchen. Kids – and grownups – love these. Make a lot, they go very fast. You can also make this as a loaf, slice and serve while it is hot.


You can make pizza dough yourself if so inclined, or you can buy it ready made from a pizza parlor or a good specialty store. I recently bought it in both, and the pizza place had the better, fresher dough – and it cost much less.

  • Pre-heat your oven to 425. Place a rack just above center position. Line the baking sheet with parchment, drizzle some olive oil on it and brush it lightly over the surface. If you are making rolls, form the dough into balls about 1.5″ diameter and place on the sheet. Take a small amount of sesame seeds and press them into the top of as many rolls as you like. With the turmeric, pull the dough apart, sprinkle half a teaspoon onto to dough, and roll to re-form a ball. With the tapenade, pull the dough open, add half a teaspoon or so to the center, and re-roll. On others brush truffle oil inside and/or on top. For a breakfast version, mix a teaspoon of smoked cinnamon with an equal amount of sugar, and spread on the inside of an opened ball of dough. Re-roll and top with a bit more.
  • Bake the rolls in the heated oven until golden brown and well risen.
  • If you would like to make a loaf, pat the dough into a flattened loaf shape about 3/4″ tall and press seeds into the top, or top with truffle oil and so on. You can add any of the fillings to the loaf center and re-form it. Bake until golden and risen, and serve.
  • Serve the rolls or loaf with a small bowl of olive oil. We particularly enjoy a spicy version, Enjoy.


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