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Stuffed Turtle Rolls

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  • Prep 20 min
  • Total 46 min
  • Servings 12
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Your picky eaters will gobble up these adorable turtle rolls so quickly that they will not realize they are filled with vegetables!
by: Gourmet Mom
Updated May 8, 2015
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  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • 2 pkg (16 oz each) ready-made pizza dough
  • 1 large carrot, shredded
  • 1 pkg (10 oz) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
  • 1 can (14 oz) artichoke hearts, packed in water
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons whole cloves, optional, for garnish
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 8 oz cream cheese


  • 1
    Preheat oven to 400° F.
  • 2
    Drain artichoke hearts and chop coarsely. In a medium mixing bowl, combine artichoke hearts, cream cheese, garlic powder, minced onion, parmesan cheese, spinach and carrot. Set aside.
  • 3
    Divide one package of dough in thirds. Divide each in thirds again.
  • 4
    Take one piece of dough and divide in half. Roll one half into a ball, then flatten down into palm.
  • 5
    Place a heaping tablespoon of cream cheese mixture into center of flattened dough. Bring ends toward the center and pinch to seal, forming a round body. Place on greased baking sheet.
  • 6
    Divide second piece of dough in half. Roll one piece in to a sphere and place at one end of the stuffed roll as the head. Divide remaining pieces into four parts and roll to form legs. Place on either side of turtle body. Use one small pinch of dough for a tail.
  • 7
    Repeat with remaining dough until you have made 6 turtles (they should fill one baking sheet). Bake at 400° F for 13-15 minutes while you assemble the remaining 6 turtles.
  • 8
    Repeat steps 3-7 with other package of dough.
  • 9
    Place any remaining filling in a pie pan and bake along with turtle rolls.
  • 10
    Remove from oven and transfer to a serving platter. Serve leftover baked filling along with rolls for dipping.

Expert Tips

  • tip 1
    Optional: Press two cloves (eyes) into each turtle head before serving. Remove cloves before eating.

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More About This Recipe

  • With Thanksgiving coming up, a lot of us have rolls on the brain right now—I know I do!  One of my favorite parts of the holidays are the delicious breads!  My kids love them, too, so I’ve been thinking of ways to take them to the next level…how about with these Stuffed Turtle Rolls?

    Your picky eaters will gobble up these adorable turtle rolls so quickly that they won’t realize they’re filled with vegetables!  Stuffed with cream cheese, spinach, carrots, parmesan and artichokes, these delicious rolls are a favorite with adults and too cute to resist for the younger set.  Perfect for everyone!

    My favorite things to cook are special occasion dishes and as a mom of three, fun food for picky eaters…we all know how finicky those little kiddos can be.  These cute turtles are carrying a load of vitamin-rich vegetables and calcium/protein-rich cream cheese.  Plus, I think they’ll look cute on our Thanksgiving table!  Everyone has turkey...we’ll add a few more animals to the table!

    The stuffing for these rolls is also DELICIOUS baked in a pie pan as a hot dip!  We had a little leftover and served it with rolls and crackers.  Everyone gobbled it up.

    We used ready-made pizza dough for these rolls but you could change it up with Pillsbury Refrigerated Pizza Crust, Pillsbury Crescent Rolls, or even your favorite homemade dough recipe.  Enjoy!

    Mandy Heaston is a busy mom, gourmet cook — and opera singer! Look for Mandy's posts on Tablespoon, and check her member profile often to see what she's cooking up!
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