Woodfired Pizza Dumplings/Rolls

Confession: we have homemade pizza about once a week. 

During vacation last week I thought it would be fun to reinvent pizza night. 

I started with the usual pre-made dough and mozzarella cheese.  This would also work with shredded cheese.

Mr. Happy started up the wood fire oven.  Yes, we have a wood fire oven.  It was built by the previous owners and I have to admit that it's pretty darn cool!  And under used... we need to find reasons to use it more! 

Here you can see the smoke pouring out. 

Gave the dogs each a 'soup' bone (the kind from the store that has the marrow still in) to keep them happy/busy.

I am also joining in on Tasty Tuesday with Sugar the Golden Retriver and Kolchak from Kol's Notes

On a cutting board, I flattened the dough with my hands in to a rough rectangle.

Cut the rectangle into eight squares.

Then I went back to check on how the fire was doing and shoved a few more pieces of wood in. 

Oh, and as a side note, these rock ovens + our location in the woods seem to be spider heaven.  Mr. Happy pointed out that there was massive (and thankfully dead) spider in there.  Ick!  Seriously it was the biggest one I have seen in NY.   

Back to dough.  Roll each dough square in to a ball and then flattened them like mini pizzas.

Add a tomato sauce of your choice in little blobs.

Open and cut up the mozzarella.  I also chopped some fresh basil from the garden.

Layer the cheese on the sauce.

Generous heap of basil on top of the cheese.

Now, you bring the sides of the mini rounds together.  I found it worked to do two opposing sides at a time. 

Then a little *pinch, pinch* and you form your dumplings!

And then I flipped them upside down. 

For next time: I think I will leave the 'pinched part' at the top.  When they baked... the cheese and sauce oozed out and it would have been extra yummy for it to ooze out the top and all over the dumpling!

I use a regular baking pan lined with parchment paper (so the dumplings don't stick to the bottom) to cook these in.  It's a pan that has been abused a few times like this and is still going strong. 

I also brushed the dumplings with tomato sauce.  You could probably use butter instead if you like.

When the woodfire oven was ready I took the dumplings to meet the heat.

Popped them in.  The fire and coals get pushed to the back and the pan bakes in the front.

They only took about 15 minutes to get nice and toasty with the cheese and sauce melting out the bottoms.

Dipped in a little more sauce mixed with parmesan and I think we have hit a recipe to try again!!

So easy.  So versatile.  So fun!  And yes, you could do these in a normal oven too!  And let me tell you... the leftovers the next day were incredible!

Hope you give these a try!!


Michael said...

These photos are so professional looking and, whoa, that loks so yummy. Never tried those before.

Umm, btw christie...if you thought moon was hard, how will you do "ideal coffee break?" LOL. Good luck. Missed seeing your entry.

Golden Woofs! SUGAR said...

Woof! Woof! Glad that Katie n Sammy got their Tasty Treat while you were cooking. Oh we are so jealous of your rock backyard oven. Love the recipe. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

FYI: I know you LOVE to cook n feature often your recipes just like this post. I am co-hosting a weekly Tasty Tuesday Blog HOP. Detail son my blog - bottom/right sidebar. Hope you can join us in the future. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Oh been crossing my Golden PAWS to win quilting stuffs for my mom. Golden Woofs

Beka said...

Refrigerated pizza dough? seriously? you can do better than that lady! <3<3 i have a bday present for you.

Beka said...

I have a party to go to at 3 on sat so as long as it is before 2 or so I should be home.

Kelly @ Vintage Fabric Studio said...

I love home made pizza, we have it about 2x a month with left over pasta sauce..mmmm! Yours looks amazing, just the cooking in the wood oven is so cool, a little jealous of that! Thanks for sharing and linking up to Eat, Grow, Sew!

Seaweed and Raine said...

Mmm I just had breakfast, but I think I could handle finishing off with one of these - the look tasty! :)

Jo said...

These look fantastic! I'm very jealous of your wood fired oven too! I've heard people roast all sorts of things in them like potatoes, almonds and bread of course.

Honey I'm Home Blog said...

Oh my goodness, this is making my mouth water SO badly. I'm so jealous of your oven too. Thanks so much for sharing this idea at Fabulous Friday.
Warmly, Michelle
PS - Adorable pups too!

Michelle said...

Wow - Yummmm! :) I would love to have an outdoor oven!

tubby3pug said...

Wow I am so jealous of your oven--seriously awesome.

At least we have a good brick oven pizzeria near here but I bet its not the same. You guys are lucky

Ashley said...

o my goodness..that looks amazing!!!

Kolchak Puggle said...

Oh. My. Dog. Those look...amazing. The Mama has mad Oven Envy about your wood stove. She wants one so terrbly badly. Thanks for the recipe and Thanks for Hopping with Us!

Jenniffier said...

I know what I want for dinner sometime this week. I am thinking saturday! :)

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

Really appreciate you linking up this awesome post at Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :) Please continue sharing your creativity with us during the weekly party.

Abby said...

Yum! This is such a great idea! Your dogs are too cute, as well.

Chef in Training said...

oh yum! This looks great! Thanks so much for linking up to Tuesday Talent Show! I would love to have you stop by and link up again tomorrow with more great projects!

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