1 pound pizza dough
1 14-ounce jar pizza sauce
2 ounces mini-pepperoni slices
8 ounces mozzarella or provolone cheese, cubed
8 tablespoons salted butter
2 teaspoons oregano
2 teaspoons garlic powder
Kosher salt
2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, finely grated


  1. Mix the dough according to the package directions. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 1 hour at room temperature.
  2. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  3. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  4. Divide the pizza dough in half. Roll the dough out to 1/16-inch and use a 3½-inch biscuit cutter or the lid to a wide mouth canning jar to cut out rounds. Place ½ teaspoon pizza sauce in the center of the dough round, top with 5-6 slices of mini pepperoni and a cube of cheese. Fold the edges of the dough to the center and pinch the ends to seal and make into a ball. Place the ball seam side down and repeat with the rest of the dough, including the reserved half of the pizza dough.
  5. In a medium size bowl, melt the butter in the microwave in 30 second bursts. Stir in the oregano and the garlic powder. Brush the pizza rolls with the garlic butter mixture.
  6. Bake the rolls for 15-20 minutes. Check the balls at the 10 minute mark to be sure the tops aren’t getting too brown. If they are, lightly tent with aluminum foil that has been lightly sprayed with cooking spray.
  7. Pull the rolls from the oven and lightly brush again with the garlic butter mixture, sprinkle with kosher salt and grated Parmesan cheese. Serve with additional pizza sauce.

Family Favorites

Kevin and I have met some fantastic families the past few years in our travels, in turn I have developed some great friendships with many of the wives. One thing I have found in common is our interest in cooking tasty meals for our family. With this in mind, I thought it would be neat to pass along and share openly all of the great family recipes were have all acquired.

I have learned through the years that good food and good cooking helps bring us together as a family. Each morning I cook a full-breakfast and we all gather to start our day. With a crazy sports and cheerleading schedule, dinner together can be a little more tricky. Preparing casseroles and dishes that can stay warm or easily heated is often my theme. Sundays are saved for a large meal that includes Kevin’s 95-year old Grandmother, Sister, brother-in-law, nephews and nieces.

Personally, I love to cook! From baking, desserts, to appetizer, to full blown meals… there is nothing I won’t attempt. Whatever your “Family Favorite” might be, I am excited to give it a try.

For ALL of those who share and participate, I will be saving and gathering each of the recipes. At the end of each year I will put them into a pdf. format and email the entire collection out. If there is anything you need in the meantime or a recipe you can’t find, feel free to email me directly at

As always, Kevin and I thank you for your continued support.

From my family to yours… happy cooking!

Michelle Van Trump

3 Simple Steps for Submitting Your Favorite Recipes:

Step #1 – Put the recipe in a word document or email format and send to

Step #2 – If at all possible include a picture of the finished dish.

Step #3 – Let me know if it is ok to include your name along with the recipe. Some folks like the anonymity while others don’t mind attaching their name. Either way works for us. you for your continued support.

It’s that simple. Once I get the recipe in my email I will respond with a thank-you and confirmation of receipt. In the weeks ahead look for it to appear in the report.