hippie roll sliders


i have posted about hippie rolls before (like here and here).. i love love them.. and on halloween i made the little pizza poppers (recipe inspiration here..)that have been going around.. i took canned biscuit dough rolled/flattened a biscuit out put in a slice of pepperoni then a chunk of string cheese and then another pepperoni.. folded them up and baked at 350 for 10 or so minutes.. until golden brown.. served with some marinara.. so good.. so easy.. so simple.. great little appetizer.. i didn't get a photo that night because shell had the camera, you see she was supposed to take pictures of ollie and amelia trick or treating.. and guess what.. she forgot the camera in the car so i got no photos.. *sigh*

well pete ate one of the new little super simple creations and said "these remind me of those sausage things you used to make" me: when? pete: right after we moved into the first house..so i had to really put my thinking cap on.. and then i remembered.. ommg i used to love those little sausage things.. i actually made them the first time we had guests (other than family) over to our brand new little home for dinner.. they turned out to be crazy psychotic neighbors..but that is a story for another day.. they did have a cute son.. adam, he was about 4 and one day i hear a knock at my door.. now remember i am 19, newly married not a single maternal instinct in sight.. so i answer the door and it's adam and he says i am hungry can i have some cookies? i say sure... (can you imagine i just gave this kid cookies, i didn't even think to check with his parents.. what if he had allergies, what if.. what if.. why is he hungry and asking the neighbors for food.. and what the heck was he doing outside unsupervised.. i am not sure if we had even been introduced to him yet.. augh, these are things i think about now but back then.. sure what the heck..) so i gave him about 3 oreos.. and he turns and starts to walks away, no thank you.. so i shut the door.. about 10 seconds later i hear another knock on the door and i answer and it's adam and he said straight faced and serious you forgot the milk!! so i get the kid a glass of milk.. **banging head on desk** he continued to do that for weeks.. and when i mentioned it to his parents finally they both just laughed and didn't seem to care.. *shaking my head*... but no matter if they were crazy or not the dinner was scrumptious, and i did like adam he was a cutie..

back then i took italian sausage links i cut them in half and cooked them.. then i took frozen bread dough and thawed it out and pulled off a chunk, rolled it out added mozzarella, sauce and sausage and wrapped it all up and then baked them all together.. like sausage pillows cooked until golfen brown then removed from oven and covered them in more sauce and more cheese and baked for a bit longer to melt the cheese.. they were so good.. but i honestly haven't made them in over 20 years.. not sure why but probably because i discovered the little pizza joint that delivered hippie rolls.. but i am so glad pete brought them up.. because i took the best of that recipe and the best of the hippie roll and then added the new twist of making it all smaller.. and there you have hippie roll sliders.. which by the way i am eating for lunch today because they might just be my new favorite thing ever.. i served them with marinara.. perfect for lunch or appetizers.. (i made them for lunch on sunday so i used the large grand biscuits but if serving as an appetizer then i would use the smaller biscuits..) 

hippie roll sliders

prep time: 10 minutes
cooking time: about 15 minutes to cook the sausage and peppers and about 15-18 minutes to cook the sliders one assembled
servings: 3-4


1 can of the pillsbury grand biscuits, if using as a meal or 2 or 3 cans of the smaller biscuits for appetizers (i used the lower fat biscuits)
1 package of bulk spicy italian sausage (you can buy it in links and remove the casing or leave in links and cut up into bite size pieces) *turkey italian sausage would be great but they didn't have any when i went to the store*
3-4 small/mini bell peppers, sliced (or 1 medium sized any color bell pepper)
1/2 small onion, sliced
shredded mozzarella (i used 2% skim lower fat sargento)
herb infused olive oil (optional, i used it to brush the tops)
marinara for dipping (you can use store bought sauce or pizza sauce but i just took a can of italian diced tomatoes.. poured them into a saute pan and cooked over medium low heat until all the liquid was cooked off, stir every 10 minutes.. and takes about 30-40 minutes)

heat your oven to 350 degrees (f).. in a medium saute pan cook italian sausage until crumbly.. remove from pan with slotted spoon, leaving the oil that is now in the pan i sauteed my onions and peppers, about 7-10 minutes until tender.. roll/flatten out your biscuit add a little sausage, peppers and onions and cheese, roll up/fold up and place seam side down in a greased casserole dish (i sprayed it with pam) .. brush the top with flavored olive oil or regular olive oil and bake for 15-18 minutes, but check after 13. you want them golden brown and slightly cripsy.. not goey or hard.. (my friend bobbi makes something similiar and she has good step by step instructions if you want to see how it's done.. take a peek here..) if making as a meal a caesar salad would go great to round everything out..

enjoy and get cook'n!


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