This recipe idea came from DH. Earlier this month, he was putting away some leftover pizza and contemplated how it would taste deep fried. I managed to deter him of the idea of throwing an entire slice into the deep fryer. But it did get me thinking.


So I decided to make him his fried pizza, but in a much less messy form. I made pizza balls much like the baked pizza balls I’ve previously made, but instead of baking them, I fried them.

I wish they were prettier to look at but it’s hard to put much on the surface when you’re frying them. Taste-wise these were very similar to regular pizza balls, just a bit richer and the dough a little fluffier.

DH enjoyed them though and I think these would make a fun Game Day appetizer. They are pretty easy to make too and people love hearing “deep fried.”

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Fried PIzza Balls

Ingredients:

1 can Pillsbury pizza dough
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup mini pepperoni
grated parmesan cheese
Marinara sauce for dipping

Directions:

1. Divide the pizza dough into about 14 roughly equal sized pieces. Take one of the dough pieces, flatten it, and put shredded cheese and some pepperoni in the middle. Pull the edges of the dough around the fillings and pinch closed. Repeat with the remaining dough pieces. Make sure douhg balls are pinched completely shut and try to smooth ball .

2. Heat oil on stove to medium high. Drop a few balls in at a time. Cook until brown, then flip balls over so they brown evenly on both sides, cooking a few minutes on each side. You may want to test one first to determine how long it needs to cook for on each side. Remove and place on plate lined with paper towel to soak up some of the excess oil. Repeat until all balls are cooked. Roll balls in grated parmesan cheese. Serve immediately with a side of marinara sauce.

   

8 Responses to “Fried Pizza Balls”

  1. Jinxi — January 24, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Haha I love your stories! Did you also do this in the turkey fryer?

    • Kirbie replied: — January 24th, 2013 @ 12:06 pm

      Hehe. No I actually did this on the stove because they need such a short fry time.

  2. Summer — January 24, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Looks sinfully delicious! You should try fried ravioli! Ya know, to keep up with the whole italian food fried thing.

    • Kirbie replied: — January 25th, 2013 @ 9:44 am

      Oooh, what a good idea. I’m adding that to my list

  3. caninecologne — January 24, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    I like how easy this recipe is! :) Perfect finger food!

    • Kirbie replied: — January 25th, 2013 @ 9:44 am

      hehe. I agree! And you can always do the baked version if you want to be a bit healthier. But it just doesn’t have the same appeal as hearing “deep fried.”

  4. Peggy — January 25, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    What a great appetizer idea! Definitely keeping it in mind for the Superbowl!

    • Kirbie replied: — January 25th, 2013 @ 1:35 pm

      It’s super easy to make too! And everything sounds better when you said it was deep fried right? haha

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