Air Fryer Pizza Rolls
Who doesn’t love pizza? Living in New York City, pizza is a staple. No matter where you go across the five boroughs, you will encounter countless pizza parlors – all claiming to be the best, of course. I wanted to challenge New York City’s pizza restaurants in my New York City kitchen, creating a bit of a spin with my air fryer pizza rolls.
When cooking the air fryer pizza rolls in the air fryer you get the crispy edges all around, with gooey cheese in the middle. These air fryer pizza rolls are perfect for an after school/camp snack for the kids, appetizers for your summer BBQs, or any time really. Let’s get cooking!
Please scroll down to see my How to Use an Air Fryer – What is an Air Fryer Introduction.
How to make air fryer pizza rolls
To make these air fryer pizza rolls only takes a few steps. First, flour your surface and roll your pizza dough into a rectangle (about 6 x 12 inches). From there, spread 3 tablespoons of sauce on the dough, leaving a half inch border (try using my tomato vegetable sauce). Then, sprinkle the cheese and red pepper flakes over the sauce. Next, roll the dough into a tight log from the long edge. Place the rolled dough in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes, to help it set and make it easier to slice. While the dough is in the fridge, preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. After the dough has set, slice the pizza rolls into 1-inch rounds, and spray the air fryer with oil spray. Place the pizza rolls in the air fryer and cook for about 7 minutes. You can serve these air fryer pizza rolls with extra sauce, my pistachio pesto.
You can also make these pizza rolls vegan! To do this, just swap the cheese for your favorite vegan cheese. One brand that I enjoy is Myoko’s Vegan Mozzarella.
Health benefits of air fryer pizza rolls
In these air fryer pizza rolls, the tomato sauce and cheese have benefits to offer! Tomatoes are high in vitamin C, and also contain a nutrient called lycopene.1 Vitamin C is beneficial by acting as an antioxidant, keeping cells healthy, as well as working to keep that youthful glow, by being one of the building blocks to collagen!2 Lycopene is an antioxidant, which like vitamin C, works to keep cells healthy.3
Mozzarella cheese also provides us with nutrients, specifically calcium and protein.4 Roles of calcium in the body, include but not limited to, bone health and muscle and nerve functions.5 Protein, on the other hand, works to support many functions in the body, especially muscles, bones and skin as well as metabolic processes.6
Aside from nutrients in the air fryer pizza rolls, there are also health benefits to cooking the air fryer pizza rolls, well, in the air fryer. Using this cooking technique, there is no need to dab your pizza rolls with a napkin because the air fryer cooking technique leaves no pizza grease!
I can’t wait to see how you enjoy your air fryer pizza rolls! Be sure to share with me in the comments below or on my Instagram @ChefAbbieGellman!
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- Nutrients and health benefits. ChooseMyPlate. https://www.choosemyplate.gov/eathealthy/protein-foods/protein-foods-nutrients-health. Accessed May 26, 2020.
Have you heard about the air fryer?
You may have seen commercials advertising air fryers, or you may have seen them lining the aisles of your local Target, Walmart or Bed Bath and Beyond. With different models on the market, you may be asking yourself, “what is an air fryer?” According to the Kitchn, the air fryer works as a convection oven, however, the fan that circulates the air spins quicker.1 The process of air frying differs from traditional frying as in the air fryer, all portions of the food are cooked at the same rate versus needing to turn the food to cook all sides.1 Additionally, air frying usings less oil than traditional frying, which brings me to my next point!
Why use an air fryer?
As I previously mentioned, air frying uses a lot less oil, which reduces calories and saturated fat making whatever we cook healthier, without impacting the taste or texture! When we traditionally deep fry foods, as little as 8 percent or as much as 25 percent of the oil will be absorbed into the foods.2 This is in the form of saturated fat, which also adds 9 calories per gram of oil absorbed. Research has shown that a diet high in saturated fat can lead to heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and death.3 By using the air fryer, you can use an oil high in polyunsaturated fat (i.e. olive oil), and the excess oil will fall to the bottom of the air fryer. In fact, the American Heart Association presidential advisory notes that replacing saturated fat with polyunsaturated fat results in about a 30% reduction of heart disease.4 Cooking in the air fryer allows us to enjoy some of our favorite (now not-so-guilty) guilty pleasures.
Air Frying Tips
- Use a light coating of oil (or oil spray) on either the basket and food item to achieve the golden-brown exterior of the food item you are cooking. This also imparts great flavor to the food.
- Do not over-crowd the air fryer. This can lead to uneven cooking, and/or soggy texture of the food item.
- Check the appropriate cooking times and cooking temperatures, as these factors will differ from cooking food items in a standard oven.
- A rectangular air fryer allows for easier spacing of the food items (and more food cooked at once) compared to the air fryers that are more circular.
- Franke S. How Does an Air Fryer Work? Kitchn. https://www.thekitchn.com/how-do-air-fryers-work-265185. Published May 1, 2019. Accessed May 9, 2020.
- Dunford N. Deep Fat Frying Basics for Food Services – Oklahoma State University. Deep Fat Frying Basics for Food Services | Oklahoma State University. https://extension.okstate.edu/fact-sheets/deep-fat-frying-basics-for-food-services.html. Accessed May 9, 2020.
- Souza RJD, Mente A, Maroleanu A, et al. Intake of saturated and trans unsaturated fatty acids and risk of all cause mortality, cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes: systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies. BMJ. August 2015. doi:10.1136/bmj.h3978
- Sacks FM, Lichtenstein AH, Wu JH, et al. Dietary Fats and Cardiovascular Disease: A Presidential Advisory From the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2017;136(3). doi:10.1161/cir.0000000000000510
- air fryer
- 1 8-ounce pre-made white or wheat pizza dough
- 1 can pizza sauce divided
- 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella or Italian blend cheese
- Pinch red pepper flakes
- Olive oil cooking spray
- On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough into a rectangle (approximately 6-7x12-13 inches). Spread 3 tablespoons pizza sauce on the dough, being sure to leave a ½-inch border around the edges. Sprinkle cheese and red pepper flakes on the dough on top of the sauce.
- Roll the dough into a log from the long side, keeping it as tight as possible. Place pizza roll, seam-side down on a baking sheet and place in the refrigerator for 10 to 15 minutes to firm up and make it easier to slice.
- Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees F. Spray air fryer tray with oil spray.
- Once chilled, slice pizza roll into 1-inch rounds and place into air fryer in a single layer. Spray with oil spray. Cook for 7-8 minutes until golden brown.
- Serve with remaining pizza sauce.