Monday, April 18, 2011

I am not a food blogger....I repeat, I am not a food blogger (but here's a family favorite recipe)

I don't mind cooking.  I'm pretty good a it actually.  I don't even mind doing the dishes afterwards (yeah right).  All the hunting and gathering know the grocery store, is not my favorite place to be.  It's not even my least favorite place to be, it's below that.  Is that possible?  I know it is because I live in a small town and the grocery store here rarely carries what I need.  I'm lucky if I can get a week's worth of organic milk and baby spinach.  We are a town of less than 5,000 so when I say there is a demand for more organics or more produce in's pretty much ignored. Now, when I walk into a Whole Foods, I can spend some time in there...and money.
So, on that is a really simple yet fun recipe you can make for the whole family and you don't have to spend hours wandering through the aisles at your local grocery store but hey, if that's how you get your kicks and out of the house for awhile feel free to roam aimlessly. 
I found this recipe for Twirly Whirly Pizza years ago...I'm not even sure how many years Parents magazine.  We immediately fell in love with it.  It makes an appearance every few months or so and when I think of it again I'm wondering why I waited so long to make it.  Here's some pics of my Twirly Whirly fun tonight....I snapped away on my Blackberry because it would've been waaaay too easy to have a camera with a battery ready and charged.  Remember that I am feeding a family of 5 and that my hubby takes leftovers to work.  So, 2 tubes of the pizza crust work perfectly for us.

Twirly Whirly way

2 tubes refrigerated pizza crust (thin or regular work fine) can find all kinds of great refrigerated pizza crust in larger grocery stores, I had to go with our one and only Pillsbury dough boy

Turkey Pepperoni (as much as you desire my carnivore friends)

Organic Baby Spinach

Pizza Sauce  (a small if your store carries it)

Italian Blend Shredded Cheese (1 package)

Black Olives (sliced)

Any other toppings you like:
Bell Peppers

I just used black olives, spinach, and turkey pepperoni and of course...cheese.

Heat your oven to 400 degrees.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper but don't use your stove as the work surface, it will make the dough even softer.
Open 1 roll of pizza crust and roll out flat on the parchment paper
Put about 3 T of pizza sauce in different spots on the crust and then spread out pretty evenly
Sprinkle the baby spinach all over the pizza
Next, the turkey pepperoni
Then the black olives
Lastly....the cheese 

Now at the skinniest end of the crust tuck the sides in just a bit and start to roll and tuck the rest of the way.  Think of a burrito type of pizza roll.

Now you have a little fat, pizza baby

Next you will need to chop the pizza roll into how ever many pieces you choose but I wouldn't go skinnier than 5 or 6 pieces.  I have tried everything to cut this without ripping it apart or losing all my stuffing.  The best thing I have found is a scraper.

use this!

Then you will pick them up carefully....treat them like the sweet pizza babies they are or else!  This is serious people!
Lay them like you would cinnamon rolls in a greased (I spray with PAM) 9x13 baking dish.  Then sprinkle the rest of the cheese over the top of your Twirly Whirly Pizza.

I made a half and half dish of Twirly Whirly pizza....sometimes the boys will eat the spinach and sometimes they won't.  So one half is turkey pepperoni and cheese and the other half is turkey pepperoni, spinach, black olives and cheese.

Put in the oven for about 25 minutes.  At that point you will smell the goodness cooking.  It will be beautiful and golden. 

yes, that would be my huge man hand helping me stuff my face

You can serve this with a salad or another veggie of your choice.  Or you can do what I did and just count the veggies inside the pillow of goodness. 

Simple and oh- so- good.  Very easy to make as natural as you want too. 

Update on pictures!!!  The above were taken with my handy dandy Blackberry, which bless it's heart, can't take a good picture to save it's these look much better from my Canon!  I also adapted these amazing pizzas for a party by cutting them AFTER they were cooked and making them Pizza Bites.   Served with marinara. Easy party food.


  1. I grew up in a town of three thousand. I miss the small town feel, but I don't miss the small grocery stores.

    Yum! I think my kids would love this. I'm bookmarking your recipe for later. Thank you!

  2. Whoa Whoa! These look amazing! I am trying these out!

  3. Wow! that is absolutely gorgeous! I have to try it!

    Thanks for stopping by Emma's Lunch

  4. Great blog. I am now following. Please stop by my blog Diaper Style Memoirs and follow back ;) Look so yummy!


  5. Oh no, I should not be looking at that before i have lunch. Now I am hungry :) Looks great!
    Visiting from blog hop :)
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