Monday, April 11, 2011


Pizza pinwheels
Where does the time go when we have to do something for a particular date? It just flies for me and I'm sure it's the same with you. A Sweet Punch is a baking group that I'm a part of and for this month, we were supposed to bake a pizza.The toppings were left to our choice and if I'm given a choice, I can go really wild thinking about the possibilities which in the end will confused the already confused Gemini. So that happened once again, that morning as I set forth to make the pizza. The dough was made the previous day and was put to rise slowly in the refrigerator.
Pizza on a stick
Now, to the topping. Bacon?Sausage?Veggies?Plain cheese? Ahem! NO way! All the 'Suryanamaskar's ' that I have been doing will go for a toss. Okay, so no cheese. Then what? I didn't want to go with the usual pizza sauce/meat filling topped with cheese kinda pizza, instead wanted something totally totally different. That's when I remembered what I baked for my nephew and niece long time ago...pinwheels on stick!

I had some smoked Italian Sausage with me in the freezer, freezing for the last 6 months. I bought it at our Farmer's Market and they are homemade sausages.Back when we bought that, I had made some filling with it for our Saturday Brunch Sandwich and it was a hit! So I just put 2 and 2 together and made the pizza :)
This dough is a breeze to make, thanks Divya for choosing this recipe.The filling is just a matter of sauteeing some red onions & sausages with soya sauce, salt and pepper.

Recipe for pizza dough : Pioneer Woman
Recipe for the filling: My own

Pizza dough (I halved the recipe and got 15 pinwheels)
1 tsp yeast
4 c all purpose flour/maida
1 tsp salt
1/3 c EVOO (I used canola oil)

Sausage filling:
2 large smoked Italian sausage,chopped up into tiny bits (I used my mezzaluna for this)
Half of a large red onion, sliced fine
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
3 tbsp soy sauce or to taste ( I always use Dark Soy Sauce)
Salt and pepper to taste

Pizza filling
Pizza dough:
Dissolve the yeast in 1 1/2 c warm water and set aside for 10 mins till it foams up.
Mix the flour and salt together.Drizzle in  the oil and mix well.
Add in the yeast + water and mix well to form a  ball of dough.
Oil a large bowl and dump the dough into it and rotate to coat the dough with the oil.
Cover it tight with a plastic wrap and let it rise in the refrigerator overnight.

Heat oil and saute the onions. When it is soft, add in the ginger garlic paste and saute for another 1 min.
Add in the chopped sausage and mix well. 
Add the soy sauce, salt and pepper to taste. In most cases you will not need the salt. So check and then add.
Switch of the stove & let it cool completely.

Pre-heat the oven to the maximum temperature for 10 mins. Dust your baking sheet /stone with cornmeal/semolina.

On a floured surface, roll out the pizza dough into a rectangle.
Spread the filling over it leaving a 1 " gap from the edges and roll it away from you, starting from the longer side parallel to the edge of the counter top. Seal the edges with water, put the seam -side down and cut into 15 slices.
Place the pinwheels cut-side down and insert skewers into them (parallel to the sheet). 
Bake for 15 mins. You can serve it hot/warm.

Verdict: That evening Jobin came back home hungry and asked me if there was something to eat. I 'offered' him these pinwheels and he just couldn't stop with one,instead he ate around 7 and skipped the dinner! The fillling is really delicious and since there was no cheese involved, it tasted more of a bread roll and less pizza, which is exactly what I wanted.

Living in the US has given me a new insight to cheese, to stay away from it atleast when I cook at home. Where ever you go out to eat, you will be eating some sort of deep-fried food or cheese/butter filled food until you want to live on salad's alone without any dressing. And I'm not a salad person until it's some chicken salad with pasta...I mean that's just an example.

So this one is without cheese, but if you want to add in some cheese, you can sprinkle it on once the pinwheels are cut and placed on the baking sheet and bake till the cheese melts and bubbles (I doubt any cheese that we get in India bubbles, though).

I have made other pizza's before -Cheese &Chilli Chicken Pizza & Tandoori Sausage,Roasted Bell Pepper & Corn Pizza. You can have a look there if you need more ideas for toppings.

With a sprained neck,


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Mmmmhhh, what a great idea! A perfect apperitive item...



Pavithra Elangovan said...

Looks absolutely yummy and kids will surely love to have this way. Hey take rest Ria.

Unknown said...

You have taken it on a next level. Love the pics and idea :)

Anu Nandu said...

Cool little idea! And perfect pick me up food. Hard to put it back down though.

Vidhya said...

Awesome way to have Pizza.This is going to be the appetizer for my next party.Beautiful clicks.

MySpicyKitchen said...

pinwheels on a stick is a nice idea.. very tempting pizza pinwheels

TheKeralaKitchen said...

What a clever idea Ria! Love the sound of the easy and yummy filling.Awesome another recipe I must try!

Namitha said...

That's a super cool idea. I make pizzas at home all the time, and I must really do this next time to tempt my lil picky eaters :-)

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said...

Pics r droooolworthy.mmm....yummy...love it

Unknown said...

the idea of a pizza on a stick is such a favorable one...I am loving it!!...I bet kids would go for it right away! mayb for the next kids party...I will give it a try :)

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Sanctified Spaces said...

Nice pictures ria..good presentation.

amna said...

that's a lovely idea!

Divya Kudua said...

Wow..a good twist to the regular pizza..sounds great!

Archana said...

What a cool idea...Am sure kids would also love to eat it this way...great looking pinwheels !!

Seema said...

Hey Ria,

What an idea madamji! You truly rock. Absolutely proud of you...


Priya Suresh said...

Wat a brilliant idea, never seen pizzas this way...lovely!

Archana said...

Wow these are amazing. If this is the way Sweet Punch Bakes I am heading straight for trouble without brakes.

divya said...

Wow it looks sooo tempting .. feel like having it right now :)

Cynthia said...

Ria, send me a couple of sticks :)

Anonymous said...

I hope you are feeling better and the sprain has gone.
This is a such an innovative idea. I am sure some restaurant would love to pick this up and put it on their menu.
Very gourmet-ish and at the same time homely( since you can customize it the way you want)

Suparna said...

hey ria,
loved the idea, looks very inviting. It's a great snack idea,and lovely for party menu too!

Justbeanme said...

Love the IDEA and also the colors in ur filling.....Ria keep posting innovative stuff!!

lubnakarim06 said...

Wow...love that stuffing....pin wheels look extremely yum.....h is u r neck now?

Miriam Korula said...

Have never had these....looks so delish...the sausage filling looks so tempting...i wonder if the sausage filling will even reach the pinwheels when i try this recipe....:)

Anonymous said...

this looks delicious and so creative! u are so talented.

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