Easy Pizza Yule Logs (or Easy Anytime Pizza Logs)
Updated: Jan 21
I came up with this recipe/project after I was inspired by this Craft Factory YouTube video where they had a big savory Yule Log made from white bread. As I mentioned in a previous post, Yule Logs are traditionally a dessert, which is a roll cake with a sweet filling. So the savory version of a Yule Log was interesting to me. :)
Their savory yule log is like a turkey club with stuffing on the inside and with piped mashed potatoes on the outside. I put my own spin on it by making them pizza logs and mini-version (only 1 piece of bread). It's not that bad for you; each one probably has ~110 calories (w/o pepperoni); I put pepperoni and then so it's maybe ~130 calories. Not bad. It is a fun filling snack for yourself or you could make several for appetizers for a party. You could put several pieces of bread together like in the video to make a big pizza log if you want. :)
I wrote it in detailed instructions/steps below, but it's fun and easy and it takes ~10-15 min. to prepare a bunch. Also, for the title of the post, I put "Easy Anytime Pizza Logs" because they taste good, so you don't need to limit yourself to eating them in the wintertime because they were inspired by a yule log. Also, there are trees all-year round and so there are logs all year round. Haha. :)
Ingredients (per log):
- 1 piece of white bread
- marinara sauce
- mozzarella cheese (0.25-0.5 oz. or more -- depends how cheesy you want it)
- Optional: pepperoni (or whatever toppings you like)
- Cooking spray (for spraying the tray before going in the oven)
For piping the tree bark on the outside -- optional, but makes it look more like a log rather than a just a rolled piece of white bread. :)
- Cream cheese (0.5 oz to 1 oz. - per piece of bread)
- Sour cream (1-2 teaspoons - per piece of bread)
Equipment: Oven, Microwave, Oven-safe tray, Ziploc bag, Scissors
1.) Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
-- You could microwave it, but I don't think you would get the nice crustiness that comes from putting it in the oven. You could try to toast it in the toaster; all you are trying to do is melt the cheese / warm things up on the inside and toast the outside.
2.) Cut the crusts off your bread.
-- I was making 3 here; you could just make 1 for yourself.
3.) Press down on the bread to flatten it. (This makes it easier to roll into a log.)
-- You could use a rolling pin if you want. If you are going to make a big pizza log like in the video, then use a rolling pin.
3.) Add a little marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese and toppings (pepperoni here in this picture).
4.) Spray you tray with cooking spray.
-- You can see I covered mine with foil.
5.) Roll each piece of bread into a log and place next to each other on the tray for baking.
-- I did this to make sure that they would keep the log shape. There was no way for them to unravel if they were next to each other.
-- Optional: Put some melted butter on top.
6.) Bake in the oven for ~7 min. or until outside is brown and toasty.
7.) While the pizza logs are in the oven, take your ziploc bag and put ~1 oz. of cream cheese (per 1-2 pieces of bread) in it and microwave for 20 seconds.
-- If you are making multiple pizza logs, you will need more cream cheese and will need to microwave it longer (maybe 40-60 seconds). You are just trying to soften it, so you can pipe it out of the Ziploc bag.
8.) After you take out the melted/softened cream cheese, add 1-2 teaspoons of cold sour cream (per 1-2 pieces of bread) to the Ziploc bag.
-- Adding the sour cream helps to make the texture better for the top of the log and easier to pipe out of the Ziploc bag.
9.) With the bag closed, press on it to mix together.
10.) After you take the pizza logs out and when you are ready to pipe the "tree bark," snip a small corner off of the Ziploc bag.
-- I took this photo (on the right) right before I snipped off of the corner of the Ziploc bag. I didn't want it to spill everywhere before I was ready. :)
11.) Pipe on the tree bark (cream cheese / sour cream mixture) on to your logs.
12.) Eat! (Check out the cheese pull below in one of the photos below.)
Btw, to make it a more "yuletide" pizza log, for the display, I just added some fresh rosemary. How cute does that look? They are really tasty too!
Give it a try! We are good at this!