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  • 4 ounces mild ground pork sausage, such as Jimmy Dean
  • 1 cup chopped cremini mushrooms
  • 1 cup diced red onion
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped pepperoni slices
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup drained and chopped jarred roasted red peppers
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano, divided
  • 1 16.3-ounce package refrigerated biscuit dough
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (about 2 ounces)
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups marinara sauce, warm


Serves: 8


Preheat oven to 375°. Cook the sausage in a medium skillet over medium-high heat until crumbly and crispy, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to drain, reserving drippings in the skillet. Add the mushrooms, onion and oil to the skillet, and cook until the vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes. Transfer the mushroom mixture to a bowl and add the sausage, mozzarella, pepperoni, basil, red peppers and 1/2 teaspoon of the oregano; stir to combine.
Separate the biscuit dough. Using a rolling pin, roll out each biscuit on a lightly floured surface until the biscuits triple in size (about 5 inches in diameter). Brush the edges of the dough rounds with a small amount of beaten egg then scoop 1/4 cup of the sausage mixture into the center of each biscuit. Gather the dough edges around the sausage mixture to form a purse, and squeeze to seal. Roll them around gently on the cutting board so they form a ball. Repeat with the remaining biscuits.

Lightly grease a baking sheet with cooking spray. Put the pizza balls on the sheet seam-side down and gently roll them around to lightly coat with cooking spray. Brush the pizza balls with the remaining beaten egg and sprinkle each ball with about 1 tablespoon of Parmesan, some black pepper and the remaining oregano. Bake until the dough is golden brown and fully cooked, 22-25 minutes. Serve with the warm marinara sauce.

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