how to cook totino's pizza rolls
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One of the most popular and delicious snacks is Totino's Pizza Rolls. Totino's frozen pizzas were developed by a couple who had opened a tremendously successful pizza restaurant in Minneapolis, Minnesota in the 1950s. After the success of their restaurant, Jim and Rose Totino manufactured frozen pizzas and eventually moved on to developing the famous pizza rolls.

Totino's Pizza Rolls History

While Totino's frozen pizzas were a tremendous success, the Totinos decided to sell the brand to Pillsbury. This sale resulted in Rose Totino becoming the first female corporate vice president in Pillsbury history. However, Totino's Pizza Rolls were not technically an invention of the Totinos.

A man by the name of Jeno Paulucci had been selling pizza rolls for years when Pillsbury bought his company, acquiring the pizza rolls in the process. Soon, the pizza rolls were transferred over to the Totino's brand, still under the Pillsbury umbrella.

How Long to Cook Totino's Pizza Rolls

Before you cook Totino's Pizza Rolls, they should be completely frozen. For the integrity of the product and for your health as well, be sure that you are keeping the pizza rolls completely frozen. Once you've decided to cook them, you can remove them from the freezer and let them thaw slightly before cooking them.

Cooking temperatures for Totino's Pizza Rolls vary depending on the number of rolls you are cooking. The more rolls you are making, the longer you should cook them, which sounds counterintuitive but is actually correct.

Something to keep in mind is that the filling of Totino's rolls is made up of cheese, sauce and meat. These things get very hot and can burn you. The filling of the pizza roll often cools much more slowly than the exterior. This can result in biting into a pizza roll and tasting the scaldingly hot filling, which can burn your mouth. Take care to make sure the inside of the pizza rolls cools down sufficiently before you bite into them.

Totino's Pizza Rolls Instructions for Oven Cooking

As with most frozen foods, the Totino's Pizza Rolls cooking process is pretty simple and straightforward. According to the directions on the box, if you are using an oven, you should heat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the oven reaches the desired temperature, lay the Totino's Pizza Rolls on a rimmed baking sheet.

Totino's pizza cook time varies depending on how hot you want the rolls to get before you let them cool off. However, the minimum time they need in the oven depends on the amount of rolls you are cooking.

For 10 to 20 rolls, you need to cook them for 10 to 12 minutes in a conventional oven and 13 to 15 minutes in a toaster oven. However, if you are cooking 40 Totino's Pizza Rolls, then the cook time increases to 13 to 15 minutes in a conventional oven. Using a toaster oven for that volume of pizza rolls is not recommended. After cooking, let the rolls stand until cool.

Totino's Pizza Rolls Instructions for the Microwave

An easy and quick alternative to cooking Totino's Pizza Rolls in the oven is cooking them in the microwave. To cook Totino's delicious pizza rolls in the microwave, simply arrange the rolls on a microwave-safe plate.

For six rolls, microwave on high for one minute or one minute and 15 seconds. For a serving of 12 rolls, microwave for two minutes. Once the microwave beeps and you take out the dish, let the rolls stand until they are cool before eating them. This helps you to avoid burning your mouth and goes a long way toward helping you to enjoy this delicious snack.