Mushroom & Pepperoni Pizza Pops

Mushroom & Pepperoni Pizza Pops

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From: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2015

What is a pizza pop? Think of it as a mini calzone on a stick. Pepperoni, mushrooms and peppers fill this one but feel free to experiment with your favorite pizza toppings. Serve with a mixed green salad with red-wine vinaigrette.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 1 pound pizza dough, preferably whole-wheat
  • All-purpose flour for rolling
  • 16 slices pepperoni (about 1 ounce)
  • 8 mushrooms, halved
  • ½ large green bell pepper, cut into 16 pieces (1-inch)
  • 4 ounces smoked fresh mozzarella or smoked Gouda, cut into 16 cubes (1-inch)
  • 1 cup lower-sodium marinara sauce, divided
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano or basil

Preparation

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  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Cut pizza dough into 8 equal portions. Let rest on a lightly floured surface while you assemble the skewers.
  3. Thread 2 pepperoni, 2 mushroom halves, 2 pepper pieces and 2 cheese cubes alternately onto eight 6-inch skewers.
  4. Stretch and pat each portion of dough into a rectangle approximately 4 inches by 6 inches. Spread 1½ teaspoons sauce on each portion of dough. Place one skewer on each piece of dough, wrap the dough around the skewer and pinch to seal. Place the skewers seam-side down on the prepared baking sheet. Brush with oil and sprinkle with oregano (or basil).
  5. Bake until golden, 15 to 17 minutes. Serve with the remaining marinara for dipping.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 4, loosely cover and refrigerate for up to 4 hours.
  • Equipment: Eight 6-inch skewers
  • Easy cleanup: Recipes that require cooking spray can leave behind a sticky residue that can be hard to clean. To save time and keep your baking sheet looking fresh, line it with a layer of foil before you apply the cooking spray.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 2 skewers & 3 Tbsp. sauce
  • Per serving: 434 calories; 20 g fat(5 g sat); 3 g fiber; 52 g carbohydrates; 18 g protein; 17 mcg folate; 31 mg cholesterol; 6 g sugars; 1 g added sugars; 370 IU vitamin A; 20 mg vitamin C; 160 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 670 mg sodium; 198 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (33% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 3 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 medium-fat meat, ½ high-fat meat, ½ fat

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