These Cheesy Stuffed Pizza Sticks with just 3-ingredients come together so quickly and easily without any fuss. They’re a super fun snack and perfect for your next tailgating party, happy hour, or after school snack.
These Pizza Roll-ups are loaded with pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, and wrapped in crispy shell. And they come together in a flash with all the flavor of pizza without any of the work.
These are always a huge hit with both kids and adults, especially husbands who love pizza!
Looking for a really traditional pizza, check out my Homemade thin crust pizza recipe.
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Happy Tailgating Snacks Month!
I first made these Pizza snacks in 2014 and posted the recipe in 2015. I was inspired by ChinDeep and her Grilled Cheese Roll Ups. Around that time these grilled cheese rolls were all over Pinterest. And, I put my own spin on them.
These appetizers are just amazing, and perfect for Tailgating Snacks Month! I think you’ll agree. So, I decided to gussy them up for a better reader experience with new pictures, instructions, and information.
Back when I originally published this recipe, we did a little testing and tried them fried in a skillet both with sliced American cheese and with grated mozzarella, and we baked them again with sliced cheese and grated mozzarella. We tried baking them with a spray of olive oil and without. We also tested whether we needed to remove the crusts or not.
The processed sliced cheese oozed out of the sticks much more easily than the shredded mozzarella, and it was easier to roll up the sticks with shredded mozzarella. We both liked the flavor of the shredded mozzarella better than the processed cheese.
And, as for the crusts, it didn’t seem to matter as far as the flavor or the ease of rolling them out. But the fact that they were bigger and there was no wasted crust that you have to throw away or find a new purpose for, was a big bonus. So, unless you have picky kids who won’t eat crusts at all, simply leave the crust on, and save yourself some time.
In the end, I like the plain oven method best with shredded mozzarella. You can bake up a whole bunch at once. And, I don’t think you need to remove the crusts.
I also decided that this time around I’d share both the oven method and the stove top method so that you can decide how to want to make them. And, maybe if you only want to make a couple, the stove is the better method because you won’t have to heat up the whole oven.
By the way, get the kids involved in this! They can roll the bread out, fill the bread, or roll them up.
Can these be made ahead?
Yes, they can! You could fill the bread, roll them up, and pre-bake them about half way so they stay nice and closed up. Let them cool completely, and pop them in the fridge in a tightly covered container.
Then, when you’re ready to serve them, just pop them back in the oven to finish baking.
Also, if you happen to have any leftover, they heat up like a dream. Simply pop them in the oven at 350° F for 5-7 minutes until nice and hot.
Great pizza inspired recipes
Looking for other great pizza inspired recipes? I mean, who doesn’t love pizza! Try my One Pot Pizza Tortellini Bake, Pizza Puffs, and Waffle Iron Stuffed Pizza.
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Cheesy Stuffed Pizza Sticks Recipe
Cheesy Stuffed Pizza Sticks
- 6 slices soft fresh white bread
- 6 tablespoons pizza sauce plus more for dipping
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella
- Flatten each slice of bread with a rolling pin until very flat. Spread ½ to 1 tablespoon pizza sauce over the surface of the bread, leaving a small strip of bread without any sauce.
- Sprinkle about 1/3 cup shredded mozzarella over the sauce, being careful not to overfill the Pizza Stick. Starting at the filled end of the slice, roll the filled slice up into a tight roll. With wet fingers, lightly moisten the bread end of the slice, and press the bread firmly to the other side to seal the roll.
- Preheat oven to 425° F.
- Place the rolls on a parchment paper or silpat lined cookie sheet, and bake at 425° F 10-14 minutes, or until Pizza Sticks have browned a bit and the cheese is starting to look melty.
- Serve pizza sticks with additional Pizza Sauce or ranch for dipping.
Stove top method:
- Heat a couple tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Place the pizza sticks in the butter once it’s barely sizzling. Using a spatula, roll them around in the butter. Gently flip and roll until all sides are golden brown and cheese is melty.
- Serve pizza sticks with additional Pizza Sauce or ranch for dipping.
Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations, and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.
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My stomach was growling before I made this and now I’m so happy. Oh my, these disappeared fast in my house. And no, I wasn’t watching the game.
I noticed this on a Buzzfeed video the other day, I’m glad you made these so I could see someone I trusted to make them. I thought it was such a cool idea when I watched the video. Glad you made them! I might have to try these.
What a fantastic, easy and crowd pleasing recipe. Thanks so much for sharing your test results. I love that we get to test, taste, and then come up with a winner. My family absolutely loved these, and I love the quick and easy recipe.
Those are amazing! Love how easy to make these are! And so good!
What an awesome recipe. Such fun for kids and adults. Everyone in my house loved them. I added pepperoni to them too!
These are so dang tasty! It scares me to think of how many of these i could eat at one sitting 😉 Good thing my kid ate most of them!
LOVE these, cheese and tomato is one of my favourite flavour combinations. Love how simple these are! Great recipe to make at home.
This is such a guilty pleasure for me.. I love all sorts of different pizza items. This was added to the menu last week, but I may have to add it to next week’s menu as well 😉
My daughter loved these when I made them for her for after school! Thanks for the idea!
What an interesting snack! So easy! So I had to make them. Great!
Such a clever idea!! And my kiddos loved them! 🙂
I love this idea! They came together so easily and my kids loved helping to make them. We used store bought pizza sauce, but I bet your homemade is better.
These were just the unique appetizer I was looking for! So delicious, especially with pizza sauce!
I can’t get over how easy these were to make! They turned out so crispy and light and perfectly cheesy! 🙂 I will make these again!