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Pizza Pinwheels

Time for a new Game Day recipe!  The best part about Game Day recipes is that you can enjoy them… even if you don’t watch football.  Or you can just pretend to enjoy football when you’re really just more into the food surrounding the game.  I actually happen to enjoy football- but only watching the teams I really like.  And my family definitely has some predictions about who will be in the Super Bowl.  My family’s prediction for winners this weekend:  Patriots and 49ers.  Read on, my friends, while you’re munching on these:  Pizza Pinwheels

The inspiration for these comes from this bizarre recipe I ran across recently for Two Ingredient Pizza Crust.  Two ingredients?!  That’s just crazy talk, right?  Too good to be true and all that stuff…

Well, the two ingredients are just Self-Rising Flour + Greek Yogurt.  I thought I’d give it a shot and turn the crust into a game-day recipe.  I used Gold Medal Self-Rising Flour and Fage 2% Greek Yogurt.  If you don’t happen to have self-rising flour, here’s an easy way to make your own self-rising flour.   I’d definitely not recommend using a nonfat version of Greek yogurt as you want the yogurt to be on the thick side of things.  Nonfat yogurt may change the flour to yogurt ratio.  Just mix the two together and then roll it out onto a floured mat.

I topped mine with pesto, pepperoni, and an Italian cheese blend.

Roll it up all snuggly.

Carefully slice, and you’ll end up with about 16 sliced rolls.

Top each roll with a little bit more cheese blend.

Bake for 20 minutes.

Serve with pizza sauce or a very smooth marinara sauce for dipping.  Game day just got a whole lot more enjoyable, right?  These are a great little treat for any old time.  I happened to make them during the day last week and they made for a great after-school snack.  The possibilities are endless for trying different fillings too.  Maybe even a sweet cinnamon-roll-like version?  I can’t wait to try it.

Why the Patriots?  Well, we’re part-time New Englanders (4 weeks in the summer).  My 11 year old sports-fanatic son is a very big Patriot’s fan.  He says that the Ravens are no match for the Patriots.  And he’s very big on Tom Brady and Steven Ridley.  He says… “They just have that playoff- fight in them.”

Why the 49ers?  I’m originally from Northern California.  My uncle went to college with 49er coach Bill Walsh and had the opportunity to travel with the team back in the day.  So that side of my family is still very fond of the 49ers.  I’d like to see them win.  My son says that it’s a tough call between the Falcons and 49ers.  He says if the Falcons have a bad day, it’ll be really bad.  But if they’re having a good day…

So tell me… are you rooting for a team this weekend, or is it all about the food for you?

Yield: About 16 appetizers

Prep Time: 25 min

Cook Time: 20 min

Pizza Pinwheels


1 cup Gold Medal® Self-Rising Flour
1/2 teaspoon granulated white sugar
pinch of salt
2/3 cup 2% Greek Yogurt (see tips below)
3 tablespoons prepared pesto
3/4 cup chopped pepperoni
3/4 cup shredded Italian cheese blend (or mixed mozzarella & Parmesan), divided
pizza or smooth marinara sauce, warmed


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat mat (or spray with nonstick spray).

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar and salt. Mix in the yogurt and continue to stir and mix until the ingredients are well-combined and forming a dough. Turn out the dough onto a well-floured surface. Knead a bit until the dough comes together well, sprinkling in more flour if needed. Roll the dough into a rectangle (about 9x14-inches).

3. Spoon the pesto onto the rolled out dough, using the bottom of a spoon to spread it out evenly. Sprinkle with the chopped pepperoni. Top with 1/2 cup cheese.

4. Carefully roll up the dough into a log. It will be a little soft and precarious. Use a sharp knife to cut about 1/2-inch slices. Hold the sliced roll together with your fingers while you transfer it to the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining slices.

5. Bake 20 minutes, or until cooked through and lightly browned. Serve warm with sauce.


*I used Fage brand 2% Greek yogurt. If you use a different brand or a different fat content, you may need to use either more or less yogurt because the moisture content may vary. I'd measure out 2/3 cup, then mix about 1/2 cup into the flour. Then add more as needed until a nice, non-sticky dough is formed.

 Source: (Inspired by this recipe for Two Ingredient Pizza Dough)

Disclosure:  I’m working with Gold Medal Flour to create seasonal recipes for the next couple of months.  This is one of those goodies.  All opinions shared are my own.

Places to bookmark if you’re planning on having a Super Bowl Party:
Super Bowl Recipes by Noble Pig
Super Bowl Recipes by Brown Eyed Baker
101 Best Super Bowl Recipes on the Internet by RecipeGirl
RecipeGirl Pinterest Board:  Football Food (252 Recipes)
Gluten-Free Super Bowl Recipes by The Whole Gang


  1. postedJan 17, 2013 3:49 AM

    These sound wonderful Lori!! Once again my team (Da bears) aren’t in the Superbowl, so I’ll be eating and watching commercials!

  2. postedJan 17, 2013 4:05 AM

    How fun are these?? Seriously, these are perfect. I love pizza anything 🙂

  3. postedJan 17, 2013 5:00 AM

    Yum! The guys would love these!

  4. postedJan 17, 2013 5:32 AM

    I really LOVE these and I know my son would go crazy for them. Definitely something I want to try!

  5. postedJan 17, 2013 5:42 AM

    Sfiziosissime!!! Brava

  6. postedJan 17, 2013 6:23 AM

    These look so great…I love how easy the pizza crust is!! I’m all about football food..not so much about the football. My husband is all about the Chargers, who obviously didn’t make it this year…and we are hearing that this may have been their last season in San Diego, so he might have to find a new team!!

    I always root for the Saints, who aren’t in it either. 🙁

  7. postedJan 17, 2013 6:34 AM

    Ohhhhhhh my heart. I’m sort of falling apart over here.

  8. postedJan 17, 2013 7:49 AM

    I hope it’s acceptable to eat an entire batch by myself, ’cause I’m not sharing 😉

  9. postedJan 17, 2013 7:51 AM

    It’s definitely all about the food for me! My hubby is a Redskins fan and I’m a Bills fan. Even though our teams are not in the playoffs we still love watching the games and enjoying some good food, like these pinwheels!

  10. postedJan 17, 2013 7:57 AM

    Oh Lori, I’m seriously craving these for lunch! Gorgeous!

  11. postedJan 17, 2013 8:19 AM

    Such a cool idea! These look awesome!

  12. postedJan 17, 2013 10:06 AM

    Not much of a football fan but I definitely enjoy pizza and this looks like a mean one, Lori! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  13. postedJan 17, 2013 12:05 PM
    Lynda Rosen

    I hate to say it but it is all about the food for me – even when I watch a game at the stadium!! This dish sounds delicious and looks like it could become a favorite!

  14. postedJan 17, 2013 2:20 PM

    I’m a New Englander as well so I’ll be rooting for the Pats. Live in San Diego now…and you know how those Chargers are doing. I agree with your son. 🙂 These look good. Perhaps I’ll give them a try!

  15. postedJan 17, 2013 3:29 PM

    I don’t really have a fav team but I would eat these pizza pinwheels anytime!

  16. postedJan 17, 2013 3:37 PM

    The pizza roles looks so delecious…I love it soo much!!! I Pizza is one of my fave…

  17. postedJan 17, 2013 4:42 PM

    Yum, fantastic for a crowd.

  18. postedJan 17, 2013 6:12 PM

    These look delicious, can’t wait to try that dough. As far as football goes, being from GA, I gotta root for our Falcons. Rise Up!

  19. postedJan 18, 2013 7:07 AM

    Oh good lord these look amazing.

  20. postedJan 18, 2013 7:20 AM

    I’m from Buffalo and we always hated the Patriots!! Now I live in Norhtern CA and I for sure want the 49r’s to win!! The pizza pin wheels look amazing!!

  21. postedJan 18, 2013 7:26 AM

    I’m glad you tested out the 2 ingredient pizza dough cause these look awesome!! Perfect party food!

  22. postedJan 18, 2013 7:45 AM
    Bree {Skinny Mommy}

    These will get eaten up in no time-yum!

  23. postedJan 18, 2013 8:51 AM

    Love the two ingredient pizza crust! So awesome 🙂 Definitely all about the food for me. I dont care too much about the game itself. But I will be standing around these babies!

  24. postedJan 18, 2013 1:58 PM

    I love these ideas! How easy to switch up the ingredients to make different ones. Great idea!

  25. postedJan 18, 2013 4:36 PM

    Those look so good and so easy with that 2-ingredient crust! I want to try this!

  26. postedJan 19, 2013 8:33 AM

    yummmmmm these look delicious! I like that the sauce is on the side because you can have as much or as little as you want!

  27. postedJan 19, 2013 7:24 PM

    These are perfect game day food.(Personally, I am all about the food and friends. Its the rest of my family that is addicted to the game.) I will make these for dinner for my vegetarian daughter also. Thanks for a delicious recipe that I will be using immediately!

  28. postedJan 20, 2013 3:56 AM

    Definitly making those for superbowl sunday..I’m a bears fan living in New England so any day the Patriots lose is a great day for me…I’m hoping for a Harbaugh brothers superbowl of Ravens vs 49ers

  29. postedJan 20, 2013 3:59 AM

    These would make for some tasty game day snacking!

  30. postedJan 20, 2013 10:24 AM
    Lisa Cornely

    These look fabulous Lori. I will be tying these tonight with mozzarella and parmesan and pepperoni. Can’t wait. For me it’s all about the food, any excuse to try out some new recipes,

  31. postedJan 20, 2013 1:05 PM

    My Southern husband is sitting next to me right this minute rooting for the Falcons…personally, I’m rooting for these pizza pinwheels! Great fun idea!

  32. postedJan 22, 2013 6:53 PM

    What a fun way to have pizza. Sometimes pizza in triangle form is just too mundane.

  33. postedJan 22, 2013 8:52 PM

    My hubby is going to LOVE this 🙂

  34. postedJan 23, 2013 5:18 AM

    I can’t even believe that pizza dough! So awesome! Totally gonna try these 😉

  35. postedJan 23, 2013 3:57 PM

    These look great. Such a good idea I would have never thought of. Thanks for sharing. I am a bit bummed that I will not see the superbowl this year because I will be working. But I will be rooting for the 49 niners I think. Have a fun and delicious Superbowl.

  36. postedJan 25, 2013 3:23 AM

    I made something very similar to these over Christmas holiday and put them on sticks for Pizza Pinwheel Pops. The kids loved them (and the adults did too!) 🙂

  37. postedJan 29, 2013 1:59 AM

    Can I use regular yogurt?


    • postedJan 29, 2013 11:30 AM

      I don’t think so… the thickness of the Greek yogurt is what works in this recipe.

  38. postedJan 31, 2013 11:55 AM

    I made these! Sort of, I put buffalo chicken dip in the middle instead, it was awesome. I was actually surprised at how well the dough tasted and turned out-thanks for sharing!

  39. postedFeb 2, 2013 11:18 PM

    Altered it a bit but they turned great!! Had no yogurt for example so mixed sour cream and sugar and vanilla. So quick and easy!! Had to try very very hard not to eat them all at once. I like the fact that even after days the “crust” was not hard or dry. Very nice! Thank you so very much!!

  40. postedMar 7, 2013 1:37 PM

    Great recipe!! I’m cooking this again, by my kids request! Love your site!

  41. postedMar 29, 2013 10:54 AM

    Can these be made ahead and warmed up the next day?

    • postedMar 31, 2013 8:11 AM

      Not sure…

  42. postedDec 14, 2013 7:59 PM

    These look so good! All of my friends rave about greek yogurt but I have never bought it. I would be willing, however, to try it with this recipe!

  43. postedJan 18, 2014 2:08 PM
    Sandy S.

    I’m a Seattle fan so Seattle will be winning this weekend and will be heading for the Super Bowl. Sorry. LOL I, of course will not be watching the game as I have not been watching them the entire season and that is why they have been winning. Yes, I am superstitious. Go Seattle!!! (oh, I am from Iowa)

  44. postedJan 18, 2014 10:25 PM

    Lori, thank you for giving me a new Super bowl Snack recipe! Go San Francisco!!!! Will be eating these for sure and rooting for the 49’ers!!

  45. postedFeb 1, 2014 5:13 AM

    So you start by saying its a 2-ingredient dough but then following it says add salt and sugar. So can I not use the salt and sugar or should I? Thanks! These look yummy.

    • postedFeb 1, 2014 7:34 AM

      It comes from the idea of a two-ingredient pizza dough recipe… but follow this recipe as directed- which is more than two ingredients.

  46. postedFeb 3, 2014 8:39 AM

    Can’t wait to try these!

  47. postedMar 27, 2014 6:01 PM
    April Schreifels

    Has anyone ever made this the night before and chilled it for morning? I was hoping to use this recipe for the dough to make breakfast pizzas..

    • postedMar 31, 2014 9:00 AM

      I haven’t… let me know if you have success with it!

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